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WWE Smackdown Live Preview and schedule: April 18

By: Raja

Louisville, April 18: The landscape of the WWE was changed with the Superstar Shakeup, last week. Various superstars from the flagship brand have invaded the Smackdown Live brand to rebuild the roster.

With this week's show, we would start a new beginning on the blue brand. They have got enough time to build new rivalries since the next PPV for them will be Backlash on May 21st.

Kevin Owens on Smackdown Live (Image courtesy: wwe.com)

The episode will take place at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The live telecast will take place on Ten 2 Network at 5.30 AM whereas Taking Smack will follow at 8.30 AM. The repeat telecast will stream from 5 PM and 9 PM onwards on Ten 1 Network.

Now, as announced earlier, although the WWE championship belongs to Smackdown, it will be defended at the Raw-exclusive PPV, Payback.

The horrific saga between Wyatt and Orton is still continuing and will culminate with the House of Horrors match for the title. So, we can certainly expect Bray Wyatt's present on the show to continue the mind games with Randy Orton.

A spectacular feud will kick-off on tonight's show between AJ Styles and Kevin Owens. The Phenomenal One has just become the number one contender for the US title.

You can expect these two being at their very best, vocally as well as physically. The crowd will love this one which is much anticipated.

In the Smackdown women's division, Naomi will look to get her next challenger, now that Alexa Bliss is gone from Smackdown. Charlotte has replaced her place and most probably will go after the champion.

Quite possibly, a match should take place to determine a number one contender's spot. It would be interesting to see whether the creative let the Queen go on a title hunt right after her debut on Smackdown Live.

We have also learned last week that Shinsuke Nakamura's first rival on the main roster would be Dolph Ziggler.

This is going to be a classic one considering these two are in-ring technicians at their very best. These two might go on to have a singles contest on tonight's show.

In the tag team division, the Usos are supposed to have a new challenger for their title in the form of The New Day.

There is quite a doubt as of whether of the longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history will debut on Smackdown Live or not.

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Story first published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 14:40 [IST]
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