SmackDown airs tonight (Aug. 19) with a dwell present from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. That is the third SmackDown episode throughout the 5 week construct in direction of Conflict on the Citadel, developing on Sept. 3.
Drew McIntyre must do higher than this
WWE Common Champion Roman Reigns could have a face-to-face confrontation with Drew McIntyre tonight as each males prepare for his or her title match at Conflict on the Citadel. Now that Roman is lastly within the constructing, Drew must do one thing vital tonight to depart his mark on the champ.
Reigns is coming off an enormous win over Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam. Given the best way Brock is booked because the primary ass kicker in WWE, Roman’s subsequent challenger was at all times going to have a troublesome time looking for a option to match Brock’s menace degree to the champion. Drew has appropriately recognized that Roman is barely the champ as a result of the Usos save his ass each time, and he’s performed an excellent job of beating up Jimmy and Jey in latest weeks. However Brock Lesnar ceaselessly kicked their asses too, so it doesn’t actually imply a lot for Drew’s possibilities to win towards Roman till the Usos are banned from exhibiting up within the title match on Sept. 3.
Drew needs to persuade you that he can beat Roman as a result of he beat Brock Lesnar along with his naked palms at WrestleMania 36. Which may be true, however WrestleMania 36 was over two years in the past. The Tribal Chief gimmick didn’t even exist at that time. What degree of competitors has Drew been coping with extra just lately? Properly, his singles PPV matches in 2022 consist solely of fights towards Madcap Moss and Pleased Corbin. That’s a protracted drop down from Roman’s degree.
Drew has additionally been dropping among the highlight now that Karrion Kross returned to WWE and joined the primary occasion scene, and Prize Fighter Kevin Owens additionally has his eyes on the WWE Common title. Drew is now not standing head and shoulders forward of the pack. He’s as an alternative turn into one in every of a number of wrestlers in a crowded discipline who need a shot at Roman, and Drew’s title match occurs to be happening first.
Add all of it up, and Drew McIntyre must do one thing memorable that may reveal why he’s the man who can lastly finish Roman’s run because the champ. Beating up the Usos and chopping ring ropes with a sword received’t get the job performed tonight.
The remainder of the title scene
The WWE ladies’s tag staff championship event continues tonight. Zoey Stark and Nikkita Lyons will make their predominant roster debut once they battle it out with Natalya and Sonya Deville in first spherical motion. The successful staff strikes on to face Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah within the subsequent spherical.
Intercontinental Champion Gunther raised the title a notch final week when he retained his belt in the primary occasion towards Shinsuke Nakamura. There isn’t a lot time to search out Gunther a brand new opponent for Conflict on the Citadel, so possibly Nakamura will discover a option to safe a rematch with a gimmick?
SmackDown Girls’s Champion Liv Morgan is weak and weak. Fortunately for her, Shayna Baszler now not has a killer intuition. That’s what Ronda Rousey appears to imagine, and it’s exhausting accountable Ronda for feeling that means contemplating Shayna is petrified of silly dolls. Morgan and Baszler will battle over the title at Conflict on the Citadel, with Rousey looming within the background.
The Usos are the WWE tag staff champs and don’t have any competitors proper now, except after all the returning Hit Row goes to make some massive strikes proper out of the gate. If not, Sami Zayn remains to be there to maintain the Usos busy along with his determined want for affirmation by the Tribal Chief.
Different stuff to keep watch over
– The New and Vicious Viking Raiders have a funeral deliberate for the New Day tonight. I’m considering their plans is likely to be thwarted by Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston.
– Pleased Corbin blindsided Ricochet final week and made it clear that their feud is simply getting began. Please preserve this story away from any pet food angles, that’s just about my solely request with regards to Corbin.
– Sheamus and his Brawling Brutes nonetheless don’t have anything happening for Conflict on the Citadel. What’s happening right here?
– Most Male Fashions had been interrupted and irritated by Los Lotharios final week, so their first televised match as a gaggle is probably going on the horizon.
– Hey Triple H, are you cooking up any extra shock returns for tonight?
What is going to you be searching for on SmackDown tonight?