Tonight on SmackDown Live, AJ Styles emerges having won the United States Championship at a live event last week. Plus, we’ll likely get a better sense of the Battleground card, which as of today only has three matches on it. SmackDown Live will air tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the USA Network. Check back in at 8 for match results and spoilers, and read on for a preview of the night’s events.
During a live event on Friday, July 7th, AJ Styles shocked the world by defeating Kevin Owens and winning the United States Championship. This came just a few days after AJ Styles became the number one contender for the U.S. title, and he was scheduled to fight Owens for it at Battleground on July 23rd. Now, that match has been removed from the Battleground card, presumably because Kevin Owens can request a rematch sooner if he wants to. So will there be a United States Championship rematch tonight on SmackDown? Or will this be saved until the Battleground pay-per-view?
Plus, last week on SmackDown Live, Naomi seemed to put an end to Lana’s championship pursuits. During Lana’s third Women’s Championship match against Naomi, she tapped out after literally five seconds, and it’s safe to assume she will not get another shot at the title. But after the match ended, Tamina came out and confronted Naomi, with this implying that Tamina will feud with Naomi next. So will Tamina confront Naomi again tonight? Might it be Tamina vs. Naomi at Battleground?
Also, after last week’s SmackDown Live, it seems that the breakup of the Hype Bros is imminent. Both Mojo Rawley and Zack Ryder participated in the United States Championship battle royal, but Rawley betrayed Ryder, throwing him over the top rope and eliminating him not long into the match. The two were clearly going to be pitted against each other since they were both going after the U.S. Championship, but Ryder seemed to be quite upset because of what Rawley did. So how will Ryder react on SmackDown Live tonight? Are the Hyps Bros no more?