WWE SmackDown Live Preview (Nov. 27, 2018): Curiouser And Curiouser In 2018


The Headliners

 

If you’re on the crowded bandwagon of The Man, it seems like Women’s champion Becky Lynch has been gone for a long time – even though she’s really only missed a week’s worth of TV.

 

If you’re not, Lynch’s frequent tweeting and her fans (including those of us who run this site) fawning over her tweets likely makes it feel as though she never left.

 

  • Either way, she’ll be on tonight for the first time following her face broke since relinquishing her place.

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Now what?

 

The women it makes the most sense for Lynch to feud with Both are on Raw. The kayfabe border between the brands can be spanned WWE feels like it, but there are logistical and creative challenges to building to a game across displays. One of the biggest ones is that J & Rousey are due to face each other in the next pay-per-view (PPV), Dec. 16’s TLC in San Jose. Team red faces a stiff enough struggle creating excitement with Nia’s meta-heat for injuring Becky, even for that Money in the Bank rematch. Trying to include the Badlass in any significant way risks leaving both principals like supporting players in their own narrative looking.

 

That leaves social media as the place to keep things hot for future Jax vs. Lynch, Rowdy vs. Badlass and any combination of Horsewomen showdowns. It’s also where things have been confusing with regards to where Becky stands together with the woman – Charlotte Flair.

 

Last we saw the former Tea Time duo Lynch chose Charlotte as her replacement. In a move some (including this writer) saw as unnecessary & out of character, that scene closed on Becky embracing her friend-turned-bitter rival. The Queen goes on to a disqualification loss, Los Angeles and her own online/cross-brand feud with Rose.

Smack Down Live

 

That is where it gets weird. In her promo last week explaining her actions, Flair aligned herself with generally just and the champ acted an awful lot. A lot of people noticed, including Becky, who used for copying her act Twitter to poke fun at Charlotte. But that was done being allies in a war of words with Ronda & her friends.

 

WWE.com’s (sparse) official preview for tonight’s show questions if Lynch will”have anything to say about her former friend’s new attitude?” The”former friend” bit is good, since the Man really does need to walk alone, even if she has some allies she can lean on should a four-on-four fight break out in the long run. It’ll be interesting to see whether Becky’s online critique of Charlotte’s”new mindset” is brought over to television. That could signal the program between the two isn’t over.

 

Which isn’t something either of them actually need I do not think. But I am also not sure what else there is for Lynch to perform. The heels of smackDown aren’t serious threats, and I don’t see what anyone gains by feeding another babyface to her. And if this discussion matters depends – is she cleared to wrestle?

 

  • It’s great to see The Man arriving back but her return brings more questions than answers.

 

The Title Scene

Even without clarity on those issues, the girls have been outshining the men on both displays of late. SmackDown’s best hope for a program hinges on AJ Styles’ actions words & tonight. We have not seen the Phenomenal One (not counting Starrcade) because Bryan low blowed him and took the belt on Nov. 13. They have a rematch coming up in San Jose, and last week, it is up to the Phenomenal One to keep momentum. In addition, he needs to convince us the company might hot shot the belt back after the loss to Brock Lesnar of DB onto him.

 

Things haven’t been great for tag team titleholders The Bar, being the first to fall victim to Drake Maverickmanagerial plans in Survivor Series, doing the job to New Day in last week’s Thanksgiving-themed shenanigans. Hopefully they can start a feud with The Usos tonight.

 

Who knows if United States winner Shinsuke Nakamura will even make it tonight, but he was there during the Starrcade special of Sunday on WWE Network. Feuds were put up by Nak with Rusev Rey Mysterio as well as Miz if that counts in persistence. There is also Jeff Hardy, who WWE informs us is celebrating 20 years since his WWE debit on this episode… possibly with a title shot?

 

Stuff to keep an eye on:

  1. There has been a lot of interest in whether Mia is turning encounter, and if commissioner Shane McMahon is turning heel. The failed team-up between both just of last week added fuel to that fire.

 

  1. Rey will want revenge on Randy Orton for unmasking him and trying to place him on the injury list with a steel chair attack, although He may eventually be a challenger for Shinsuke.

 

  1. Can Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville get back to the same page? Is there some reason Asuka & Naomi are being used to advance this feud?

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