It’s not quite the Raw after WrestleMania, but tonight’s edition of SmackDown Live is sure to have a few surprises of its own. With how many surprises came from the SmackDown Live side of the WrestleMania card, there are plenty of questions that the brand needs to answer.
Here are five questions we need answered on tonight’s edition of SmackDown Live.
Why Shinsuke, why?
Shinsuke Nakamura shocked the WWE Universe when he turned on AJ Styles following their championship match on Sunday. Nakamura clearly was upset that Styles had gotten the better of him during the match, but why did Nakamura stoop to that level?
That is going to be probably the biggest question on tonight’s show. Nakamura’s babyface character was getting quite stale and if he wasn’t going to win the championship, a heel turn was the only thing that could freshen up his character. The promos are going to be a challenge, but tonight should give us an inclination as to what direction they are going with Nakamura/Styles.
Who can step up to the Queen?
Another shock was Charlotte Flair defeating the streak of Asuka at WrestleMania to retain the SmackDown Live Women’s Championship. With having defeated the top opponent in the women’s division, there isn’t a whole lot left for Flair to do on the blue brand.
Carmella still has her Money in the Bank briefcase and there is always the possibility that they go that direction, although that would cheapen Flair’s win at ‘Mania. With the Superstar Shakeup happening in a week, the WWE might be holding off on any major angles until then.
Is Daniel Bryan still going to be the general manager of SmackDown Live?
Daniel Bryan made his in-ring return on Sunday, and looked quite good doing it. With his return to being an active member of the roster, that leaves a burning question. Will he stay in his role as SmackDown Live general manager?
Conventional wisdom says that WWE is going to move Bryan back to Raw, their bigger show where he can be their biggest draw. That is going to leave the blue brand needing to find a general manager. Plenty of names have been rumored to replace Bryan since the announcement of his medical clearance, including Jeff Jarrett and Hulk Hogan.
Wherever they go with the spot, it needs to bring a different feel to SmackDown.
Do the Bludgeon Brothers continue their rampage over the tag team division?
The Bludgeon Brothers completed their quest to become the tag team champions by destroying the two teams that have been in their way the last couple of months. Now? Well, that’s an interesting question.
SmackDown Live’s tag team division has been a bit of mess lately, and that’s where the Superstar Shakeup come in. There is going to need to be some moving of teams around to help both shows. That will help give the Bludgeon Brothers their next challengers.
What surprises will SmackDown Live get?
Raw got Bobby Lashley’s return to WWE and the debuts of No Way Jose and Ember Moon. What surprises will the blue show end up with?
Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and/or Drew McIntyre are two very easy choices for the main event scene, and the Iconic Duo could help the women’s division on SmackDown Live. WWE might be keeping some in their back pocket for the shakeup next week but with Raw getting some surprises, SmackDown Live should get the same.