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5 questions we need answered on SmackDown Live 11-14

Chris Schubert



Nov 9, 2017; Newark, NJ, USA; WWE former wrestler Daniel Bryan leads the crowd in his Yes chant alongside NJ Devil during the third period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
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Monday Night Raw had their final show before Survivor Series last night, and tonight provides the blue brand their opportunity to sell the WWE Universe on the pay-per-view. Tonight’s show is headlined by two championship matches that could have a major impact on the final PPV card. Here are five questions that we need answers to before SmackDown Live goes off the air tonight.

What will AJ have to say?

AJ Styles is only one week removed from becoming the new WWE Champion. It’s a quick turnaround for him, with a match against Brock Lesnar just five days away. We heard what Paul Heyman had to say about this massive contest on Raw last night. Styles is sure to respond, laying out his reasons for thinking he can conquer the Beast at Survivor Series.

Who are the champions for Survivor Series?

An interesting build for this edition of SmackDown Live is surrounded by two championship matches that could completely shake up the Survivor Series card. Baron Corbin puts the United States Championship on the line against Sin Cara and Charlotte tries to capture the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship away from Natayla.

Title changes this late in the game are going to make in tough for the casual fan to get behind a match at Survivor Series, and the WWE just made two title changes last week. They won’t do two more, right?

Will Raw finally respond?

When the build to Survivor Series began around a month ago, it was centered around SmackDown Live putting Raw #UnderSiege. It was the first of what was thought to be many shots between the two brands. So far, it’s the only shot that has been fired. The New Day kind of did a semi-invasion last week, but that was only to set up their match with the Shield.

Both the Raw and SmackDown Live 5-on-5 teams have undergone a ton of revisions over the last couple of weeks, with Triple H and John Cena being the latest additions. For this whole story to make at least a little sense, Raw seemingly needs to strike tonight. The only issue with that. Shouldn’t SmackDown see it coming?

What will Daniel Bryan have to say?

When we last saw Daniel Bryan he was getting choke-slammed in the dark by Kane, and carried out of Raw on a stretcher. Tonight, we know that he is going to make his return to SmackDown Live. Shane McMahon hasn’t really set out for retribution for what happened to his general manager. Bryan may or may not confront McMahon about the whole situation, but this played a major part of the story this past month. Some sort of resolution, or at least progression toward Sunday, would be nice.

What about Jinder Mahal?

Hey guys? Do we remember that Jinder Mahal was the WWE Champion? Despite just randomly having him drop the belt last week, it also came a pretty awful time. We’ve talked about the India tour, and Mahal being a part of that as champion. More importantly, there’s so much going on at Survivor Series that we’ve already moved on from the former champ.

This was always the fear when Mahal ultimately dropped the belt. The timing of the title change hasn’t done Mahal any favors. Perhaps he gets himself involved with Styles both tonight and Sunday, but to save Mahal from falling back to Earth, they need to do something with him quickly.

Chris is a recent graduate of Arizona State University, where he majored in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has covered spring training, the Super Bowl, WWE and the MLB for a variety of websites in the past.

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