Wrestling Points: Smackdown Preview, AEW, Hell in the Cell
Tonight WWE starts their draft to split their talented, but under utilized roster, between the USA and Fox networks. Fox is now home to Smackdown and USA will still have Raw. It comes to no surprise that Smackdown is now the show that Vince McMahon wants to succeed the most. With AEW beating them in ratings on Wednesday against their other tv show NXT, you can bet that Smackdown’s roster will be focus on talent and star power. One of the request that was allegedly reported was that Fox wanted more latino wrestlers, some of them trained in Lucha Libre.
My predictions for Smackdown and Raw? Well we already know that both shows are going to have the following:
-Major title: Universal Championship (Raw) and WWE World Champion (Smackdown) I don’t see those changing since the Universal championship is Red. This would mean unless a title change or vacancy happens. Seth Rollins will remain of Raw and Brock Lesnar will be on Smackdown if that is the case.
-Minor title: The Intercontinental Champion (IC) which is suppose to be a Raw title and is currently held by Shinsuke Nakumura. United States Champion (US), AJ Styles, is suppose to be a Smackdown title. Over the past couple of months it was hard to tell where the titles were suppose to be. If Smackdown is the “A-show” the IC title will most likely go, meaning Nakumura will be going. The only downside to that would be that AJ Styles is the bigger draw between the two due to bad booking of Nakumura and the IC title itself. I’m betting on AJ Styles and U.S. title will go to Smackdown.
-Women’s title: Raw Womens champion Becky is arguably the most exciting thing on WWE tv (sans The Fiend). Smackdown women’s champion Charlotte Flair is the best heel (bad guy) in the women’s division. They both teased another feud with one another last Monday. Becky needs to be on Smackdown, so I would guess that she will lose the tilte tonight or vacate it once she is drafted. Charlotte is also the the golden girl of the whole division so she will remain on Smackdown.
-Tag Titles: Raw champions Bobby Roode and Dolph Zigler will be facing the Viking Warriors soon if not tonight, so I would expect that both teams will remain on Raw. The Smackdown Champions The Revival will most likely stay on Smackdown (although they were a Raw team). The Women tag team champions, the Kabuki Warriors, will be going from Smackdown to Raw.
Here are some of my predictions
Raw (sports entertainment focus):
Major: vacated championship. Kofi Kingston, Baron Corbin, Shinsuke Nakumura, Rusev, Cesaro, Alester Black, Bobby Lashley, Buddy Murphy, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton (only becasue of the lack of “star” power, he most likely will be Smackdown too.) Samoa Joe,
Minor: Shinsuke (yes he will most likely be a major player once he drops the title.), Cedric Alexander, Pete Dunne, Bobby Roode, Sami Zayn
Women: Sasha Banks, Bayley, Ruby Riott, Natalya, Sarah Logan, Ronda Rousey (since Brock, Lesnar, Becky, and Charlotte will be on Smackdown, strong chance she could also be on Smackdown though.)
Tag: The New Day (attached to Kofi), Viking Experience, Lucha House Party (if broken up they will all be on Smackdown for Lucha Libre showcase),
Smackdown (wrestling focus): Most of the bigger superstars
- Major: Brock Lesnar, Seth Rollins (after vacating universal title or losing it tonight.), Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns, Cain Velasquez, Bray Wyatt, Drew McIntyr, Shaemus.
- Minor: AJ Styles, Apollo Crews, Ricochet, The Miz, Dolph Zigler, Rey Mysterio, Andrade, Elias, Shorty Gable
- Women: Charlotte, Becky, Naomi, Natalyia, Lacey Evans, Liv Morgan, Carmella
- Tag Team: The Revival, The Usos, Authors of Pain, Heavy Machinery
What are your predictions? Let me know in the comments.