The week of taped shows continues, making SmackDown Live more like SmackDown Tape Delay. Making waves across the WWE world is the match change that will now see AJ Styles get his WWE Championship opportunity against Jinder Mahal.
There will also be a WWE Tag Team Championship contest, as the road to Survivor Series continues.
Here are five questions we need answers to before SmackDown Live goes off the air on Tuesday.
Why are we doing AJ Styles vs. Jinder Mahal now?
At the conclusion of last week’s SmackDown Live, we knew of one match for tonight’s show. Rusev would be taking on AJ Styles to determine the last member of Team SmackDown Live for Survivor Series. Just two days later, via social media, Shane McMahon changed the match to Styles against Mahal for the WWE Championship.
Despite the logic for the match being flawed, this has generated a ton of interest. Did WWE panic over the Halloween rating? Did they change their mind about Mahal’s title run? These are the questions that have been racking around the brains of wrestling fans. And the answer to those two questions will probably answer the question at the top. Either way, our eyes will be glued to the TV (or the internet, because spoilers) to see what happens in this match.
So does Rusev just get the final spot on Team Blue?
Now I’m not a WWE rules expert, but with Styles unable to compete in the qualifying match, it seems fair to just give Rusev the final spot on Team Blue. I mean he does present a reasonable case.
— Rusev (@RusevBUL) November 2, 2017
Either way, tonight should be filled with another #RusevDay celebration. Happy #RusevDay to us all.
Will there be any retaliation for the attack on Daniel Bryan?
Kurt Angle spent the opening segment of Raw apologizing to Daniel Bryan for the actions of Kane last week. Then we saw Angle later on leaving a voicemail for the SmackDown Live general manager.
There has been no response from McMahon, and we haven’t seen Bryan since that attack. Seeing as SmackDown invaded randomly to start this whole feud, common sense tells us that there will be some sort of retaliation. Tonight could provide the opportunity to lay the groundwork for that.
Are the Usos going to end up facing The Bar at Survivor Series?
Well, we are not getting Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins against the Usos at Survivor Series. Sheamus and Cesaro, with some help from The New Day, won the Raw Tag Team titles. They have their ticket locked up for the pay-per-view later on this month. The Usos, on the other hand, have one more challenge standing in their way. They will face Shelton Benjamin and Chad Gable for the titles on tonight’s show.
If WWE is looking to mix things up and keep the heel-face dynamic in place, we may be in for another title change. If they don’t care, the Usos keeping the belts probably provides a better match for Survivor Series.
What will Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have to say?
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn have nothing to do at Survivor Series. They don’t have anything to do the next two weeks. That certainly has to bug them, especially in the land of opportunity. Their beef with McMahon and Bryan has taken a bit of a backseat during the Survivor Series build.
They have to do something on this show, the question is what that something is. Perhaps they just cut a promo. Perhaps they get match. Whatever it ends up being, it needs to help further their story. In the back of our minds, we know they may have a big role at Survivor Series on their own accord.