WWE Smackdown Live Preview (May 2, 2017): Owens vs. Jericho
Just two days removed from capturing the title at WWE Payback, Chris Jericho will defend the United States Championship against Kevin Owens. Can Y2J fight off his former best friend and hang on to the title in this huge rematch? Find out tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!
Jericho and Owens square off in WWE Payback rematch for United States Title:
This past Sunday at WWE Payback, Chris Jericho got retribution for his defeat at the hands of Kevin Owens at WrestleMania, beating The New Face of America to reclaim the United States Championship and become an official member of the SmackDown LIVE roster.
Jericho’s first night on Team Blue will be a tough one, as he will defend his newly won title against Owens in a rematch from WWE Payback. The story of Jericho and Owens’ friends-turned-enemies is long and bitter. What will happen when the latest chapter is written on SmackDown LIVE?
Naomi & Charlotte will try to break up the welcoming committee:
Since Charlotte’s SmackDown arrival in the Superstar Shake-up, many of the other members of Team Blue’s women’s division have expressed their frustration with The Queen’s rapid ascent to a title match against reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi. Natalya, Carmella and Tamina took out those frustrations last week, interrupting a title match between Charlotte and Naomi and viciously attacking both Superstars, though most of their fury was directed toward the newcomer.
Opponents a week ago, Charlotte and Naomi are joining forces this week to take on Natalya and Carmella in tag team action. Will the “welcoming committee” continue their path of destruction, or will the SmackDown Women’s Champion and The Queen show why they’re worthy of the top spots?
Will Orton be looking for payback on Mahal?
Though Jinder Mahal ambushed him last Tuesday and stole the WWE Championship, Randy Orton was laser-focused on his House of Horrors Match at WWE Payback with Bray Wyatt. Orton survived the horrific home assault by The Eater of Worlds and made his way back to the arena, but The Viper could not escape the wrath of Mahal and The Singh Brothers.
Samir & Sunil Singh blindsided Orton, opening the door for The Maharaja to sneak up on The Apex Predator and clobber him with the WWE Championship. That allowed Wyatt to pin Orton and leave WWE Payback with a victory. Will Mahal feel the wrath of a furious Viper on SmackDown LIVE?
How will Breezango follow up on their huge victory?
Tyler Breeze & Fandango stunned the WWE Universe when they achieved the fastest time in the first-ever Tag Team Beat the Clock Challenge, earning themselves a SmackDown Tag Team Title opportunity at WWE Backlash against The Usos
The Fashion Police were “showboating and peacocking” after their big victory, then got a little weird with JBL on Talking Smack. Breezango seems to be riding high with less than three weeks to go until their championship showdown. Will they continue to be confident in the face of the ruthless Usos? Find out tonight at 8/7 C on USA Network!
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