Official “Smackdown Live” Preview – November 21, 2017


Licking their wounds. This weekend at “Survivor Series 2017”, it was quite a beating for “Smackdown Live”. Sure they only lost 4-3 in the overall score, but the main event saw them almost completely decimated with Commissioner Shane McMahon being left alone 3-1 and taking a heck of a beating. So where do they go from there?

WWE.com has released its official preview for tonight’s show with the five major stories on the episode. This week’s show will focus on McMahon’s fallout from the pay per view, but also looks at the Smackdown World Title situation and the Smackdown Women’s Title, which will be defended tonight. Here are the five top stories:

How will Shane McMahon deal with the fallout from Survivor Series?

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Charlotte Flair vs. Natalya – Smackdown Women’s Championship Match tonight.

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Will AJ Styles cross paths with Jinder Mahal after tangling with the Beast?

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Will The Bludgeon Brothers make a dominant reemergence against The Hype Bros?

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What will Baron Corbin do next after clobbering The Miz at Survivor Series?

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Opinion: There’s potential on this show, though I’m kind of wondering how strong the show can really be without mentioning losing so dominantly in the main event. Odds are the focus is going to be on McMahon not bringing in Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens for the match, though it’s not exactly going to be fun for the most part.

What are you most excited for tonight? Will Mahal win the title back from Styles? Let us know in the comments below.

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How was the Post “Survivor Series” Audience for “Raw”?


And up they go again. With “Survivor Series 2017” in the rear view mirror, it’s full speed ahead for “Royal Rumble 2018” and the Road to Wrestlemania. The busy season is about to begin and WWE’s hope is that the fans will be around in greater numbers for the TV shows leading up to those events. So how did their first offering go?

According to wrestlinginc.com, this week’s episode of “Monday Night Raw” drew 3.074 million viewers. This number is up 1.4% over last week’s 3.031 million viewers and the best total since the August 28 episode. This week’s show was highlighted by the fallout from “Survivor Series 2017” and featured Roman Reigns defeating the Miz for the Intercontinental Title in the main event.

Miss the show? Here are the highlights.

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Opinion: That’s quite a strong number for the show and a good sign for WWE at the moment. Above all else for them, we’re getting closer to the end of “Monday Night Football” and the numbers haven’t entirely collapsed. If they can hang on for a few more weeks, they can get into the biggest time of the year with no football hanging over their head.

What did you think of this week’s show? What has made the numbers go up in recent weeks? Let us know in the comments below.

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Jinder Mahal Not Challenging For WWE Championship on “Smackdown Live”


It was previously reported that Jinder Mahal would be challenging AJ Styles for the WWE Championship on this week’s episode of “Smackdown Live.”

However, it looks like the “Modern Day Maharaja” might have to wait his turn.

According to the official preview for this week’s show, the match is off and Mahal will not get his opportunity at the title. He posted the following on Instagram, stating his disappointed with “The Phenomenal One:”

Styles faced the Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar at “Survivor Series,” and was defeated by “The Beast.”

You can see a clip of their match below:

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It is unknown when Mahal will get his guaranteed rematch, after losing the Championship to Styles on the recent “Smackdown Live” in Manchester, England.

Editor’s Opinion:

There must be a long-term reason for this. While the match between Styles and Lesnar at “Survivor Series” was amazing, I’m still of the opinion that Mahal should not have lost the WWE Championship. He had great momentum going, and would have been able to put a great match on with “The Beast.” That being said, I do believe that the “Modern Day Maharaja” will be champion again, and I can’t wait for that day!

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Backstage News on Why The Miz Lost The Intercontinental Championship


Last night on “Raw,” Roman Reigns became a “Grand Slam” winner, defeating The Miz to capture the Intercontinental Championship for the first time.

According to a report from PWInsider, the reason for the title change is because “The A-Lister” will be taking some time off to film a new movie.

From the article:

One source believed Miz would be going to film the latest installment of WWE Studios’ The Marine movie franchise.  There have been five films thus far in The Marine franchise, with The Miz starring in the last three.  We are told that there is no current timetable for [his] return and last night was his final appearance until filming is completed.

As a part of his sendoff, The Shield triple-powerbombed “The A-Lister” through a table after “Raw” went off the air. You can see a clip of it below:

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Editor’s Opinion:

While his presence will be greatly missed on “Raw,” I hope that this leads to bigger and better things for The Miz. My initial thought was that when he returned, he would immediately begin to challenge for the Universal Championship, as I feel that he could easily be the face of the red brand.

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Major Change Reportedly Made To Royal Rumble Main Event


According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the original main event for January’s Royal Rumble show was going to Brock Lesnar defending the WWE Universal Championship against Finn Balor.

However, on Monday morning, WWE chairman Vince McMahon changed his mind, and Meltzer explained why on the post-Raw edition of Wrestling Observer Radio.

“The Royal Rumble main event was scheduled to be Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor for the Universal Championship,” Meltzer said. “I was told that the official change was made [on Monday morning] but it was talked about [on Sunday]. Vince McMahon felt that Finn Balor wasn’t over enough.”

We don’t know who will replace Balor as Lesnar’s opponent at the Royal Rumble, but there’s a chance that they could go back to Lesnar vs. Braun Strowman, or Lesnar vs. Samoa Joe.

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Of course, all of this will lead to Lesnar defending the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns in the main event of next year’s WrestleMania in New Orleans.

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Jennifer Hudson and David Otunga Split Up, Protective Order Filed Against Otunga


It would appear that WWE’s resident lawyer may have to put his skills to use in real life.

In an ongoing saga being reported by TMZ, David Otunga and his now ex-finacee, Jennifer Hudson, have split up after 10 years. In addition, Hudson has filed a Petition for Order of Protection in the battle for custody of their son.

While Hudson has claimed that Otunga has exhibited “aggressive, threatening and harassing behavior towards her,” Otunga claims that Hudson has been cheating on him for several months.

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Otunga has recently been used as a color commentator and pre-show analyst on WWE programming. However, he was removed from the “Survivor Series” kick-off show panel, due to this incident being so mainstream.

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide any updates as they are made available to us.

Editor’s Opinion:

Another case of Hollywood celebrities breaking up. While I wouldn’t make such a big deal about it, because it happens all the time, as soon as a child becomes involved, that’s when I start to get upset. A kid doesn’t know everything that their parents are going through, and shouldn’t be caught in the middle.

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What Happened After the 11/20 “Monday Night Raw” Ended?


How do you follow that? To close out tonight’s episode of “Monday Night Raw”, Roman Reigns won the Intercontinental Title from the Miz to quite a positive reception. This marks Reigns’ first run with the title and gives the roster a new top star to chase with Brock Lesnar a glorified part timer at this point. So what happened next?

According to Wrestlinginc.com, after “Monday Night Raw” went off the air, the Shield stayed at ringside and put Miz through a table. There was no dark match after the show went off the air, which closed with Reigns celebrating his new title with Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

While it’s not clear how Miz was put through a table, odds are it was a TripleBomb, like these.

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Opinion: That makes sense for the most part as there’s no need for another match after ending the show on something so definitive. As usual, Miz is the kind of guy who can take a beating and still be as over with the crowd as he ever was before. Reigns already defeated him once so there’s no need to do a tag match or something like that. Just send the fans home happy as the fans get to celebrate some more.

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Title Changes Hands on “Monday Night Raw”


History has been made. Like him or not, Roman Reigns is one of the most successful wrestlers in WWE history. He’s won almost everything there is to win and there’s a good chance he’s going to be in his fourth straight Wrestlemania main event next year. Tonight though, he picked up one of the few things he’s never accomplished.

In the main event of tonight’s “Monday Night Raw”, Reigns defeated the Miz to become the new Intercontinental Champion. This is Reigns’ first run with the title, which was incorrectly billed as the only title he’s never won (he’s also never been Universal Champion). The loss leaves Miz less than 100 days shy of the most combined days as Intercontinental Champion.

Here’s how the match was set up.

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Opinion: I like it. With Brock Lesnar gone from the show, there’s not much else for the top stars to do so putting the Intercontinental Title on Reigns makes as much sense as anything else. Let them have the Intercontinental Title to feud over so we can have something for them to do. Samoa Joe, Finn Balor and others could fight over the thing until the Universal Title is back in play. Everyone wins. Well save for Miz of course.

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WWE Announces 15th Annual “Tribute To The Troops”


 WWE is continuing the tradition of one of their most important shows of the year.

The company announced today that their 15th annual “Tribute To The Troops” special, will be taped on Tuesday, December 5, from the Naval Base San Diego. The two-hour special will then air on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 8/7 C on USA Network.

Below is a clip from one of the more popular and talked about segments from last year:

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From the article:

“We are thrilled to welcome WWE for their 15th annual Tribute to the Troops celebration, continuing what has become a great tradition during the holiday season,” said San Diego Naval Base Commanding Officer Charles Womack. “The servicemen and women of San Diego could not be more excited, and look forward to participating in this inspirational event.”

“It is a privilege to honor our servicemen and women for their commitment and sacrifice to our nation,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon. “Tribute to the Troops is our most meaningful show of the year, and we are proud to continue the tradition at Naval Base San Diego.”

Editor’s Opinion:

Any time that we can thank the brave men and women who defend our country’s freedom, I’m all in.

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Paige Returns to “Monday Night Raw” and Brings Some Friends


The division grew .7 times that day! To say the women’s divisions aren’t the deepest is an understatement. Last night at “Survivor Series 2017”, most of the division was caught up in one single elimination match. This didn’t do much to hide how shallow the division really is and it was clear something needed to change. That change took place the next night.

Tonight on “Monday Night Raw”, Paige made her return from neck surgery and brought NXT’s Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille with her. This is Paige’s first appearanice in over a year and the main roster debuts of Rose and DeVille. The three of them attacked Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Mickie James and Sasha Banks, the latter three of which were in the middle of a match.

Here’s Rose in action.

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Opinion: This is something that the division was dying for. You can only have five people of value (Dana Brooke hardly means anything) and call it a division. Rose and DeVille might not be the most polished workers in the but they’re people who can be thrown into matches before Paige gets the big fights. Good move here and a well done debut.

Which of these debuts means the most to you? Which of the three of them will have the brightest future? Let us know in the comments below.

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