SmackDown Live ended up on the losing end at Survivor Series, thanks in part to Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. The blue brand is next up on the pay-per-view schedule with Clash of Champions, and tonight should start the build to that.
That being said, here are five questions we need answered on tonight’s episode of SmackDown Live.
What punishment awaits Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens?
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn weren’t a part of Team Blue at Survivor Series, but that didn’t stop them from making an impact. Their appearance at Sunday’s show basically got Randy Orton eliminated and set up Shane McMahon to have to go at it 1-on-3.
Tonight’s show should open with McMahon calling out KO and Zayn, furthering continuing a feud that started way back in October. A tag team main event with McMahon finding a partner to take on Zayn and Owens seems likely.
Do we have a WWE Championship match tonight?
Maybe I’m making things up, but I swore that Jinder Mahal said he was going to recapture the WWE Championship on this show tonight. There’s no mention of a title match on the official WWE preview of SmackDown Live, so maybe I am just going crazy.
Mahal is still owed his obligatory rematch, which could very easily happen as the main event of Clash of Champions. Styles and Mahal have crossed paths a couple of times since Styles won the title, and tonight should be no different.
How does Baron Corbin capitalize on his big Survivor Series victory?
Baron Corbin may have gotten his biggest win to date on the main roster when he defeated the Intercontinental Champion The Miz at Survivor Series.
One of the biggest flaws of the main roster booking has been the capitalization of big moments. Corbin may finally be getting somewhere as a heel champion, continuing that momentum through Clash of Champions and into WrestleMania season will be important.
Any more NXT call-ups?
Last night, Paige returned to WWE television. What was a bigger surprise was that she wasn’t alone. Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose made their shocking main roster debuts, helping Paige lay waste to most of the Raw women’s roster (Asuka and Nia Jax were the two protected superstars).
Could we see some NXT call-ups tonight? Here is a fantasy booking theory for you: The Usos come out to cut a promo saying they are the most dominant tag team in the WWE after beating The Bar, and that SmackDown Live has no real competition for them. Cue the Authors of Pain.
Just something to think about while you are watching tonight.
Will the Bludgeon Brothers debut tonight?
For weeks we have seen video packages hyping the return of Luke Harper and Eric Rowan, repackaged as the Bludgeon Brothers. Then, last week a video aired saying they were coming back to the blue show this week.
We’ve seen this story before, with debuts getting delayed and delayed and delayed. The SmackDown tag team division could use some fresh teams so hopefully we actually do see the Bludgeon Brothers tonight.