It’s the final edition of Smackdown Live prior to Sunday’s Extreme Rules, with tonight’s episode emanating from Manchester, New Hampshire. What can we expect from tonight’s episode?

As always, Spencer Love here with your preview of the July 10 Smackdown!

A Quick Recap:

  • Team Hell No opens the show, and are interviewed by Renee Young until the Usos interrupt. Paige makes the main event for the evening between the two teams – if Jimmy and Jay win, the Tag Team Championship match at Extreme Rules will be a triple threat.
  • Jeff Hardy def. the Miz in the United States Open Challenge
  • The New Day did a stupid pancake eating competition, until SAnitY saved the day and interrupted.
  • Asuka and James Ellsworth ends in a no contest when both are counted out. Carmella attacks Asuka post-match after sitting in on commentary
  • Kane and Daniel Bryan do great things again.
  • AJ Styles def. Aiden English
  • Paige books a lumberjack match between James Ellsworth and Asuka for next week’s Smackdown
  • Becky Lynch def. Peyton Royce
  • Team Hell No def. the Usos

One Big Thought:

It appears as though Andrade Almas is the latest victim of Vince McMahon’s ever-changing plans in the WWE.

Tonight marks Almas’ third appearance on Smackdown Live since being drafted to the brand on April 17. It also represents his first match against a WWE Superstar on live television, as his previous two battles have come against the legend known as “local competitor”. It’s a disappointing start for the former NXT Champion, especially considering his final few weeks on the third brand represented the high point of his WWE career thus far. The man formerly known as La Sombra has the potential to be WWE’s greatest Latin-American Superstar since Rey Mysterio was working consistently with the company: with the master of the 619 rumoured to be returning to the company sooner rather than later, could we get an Almas/Mysterio dream feud in the near future? In an ideal world, yes; however, Almas needs to be built as a credible contender first. Hopefully, a dominant victory over Sin Cara tonight kickstarts that run.

State of the Belts:

AJ Styles is scheduled to square off with Shinsuke Nakamura tonight, mere weeks after their feud ended at Money in the Bank. I would assume we see either Rusev, Jeff Hardy, or both make some sort of appearance during this match. I can’t wait for a tag team match to inexplicably be made during the commercial break by Smackdown Live general manager Paige

Team Hell No will join the Miz on MizTV to open tonight’s show prior to the team challenging for the Smackdown Tag Team Championships on Sunday. I’m interested in what will happen here, not so much for the segment but the repercussions from it. Could the Bludgeon Brothers interrupt tonight’s segment in an attempt to weaken their Extreme Rules opponents? Could Daniel Bryan give the A-Lister a reason to interfere in Sunday’s match? Regardless of what happens tonight, it’s as must-watch as you can get on WWE TV; Bryan and the Miz never fail to produce sparks together.

Carmella isn’t expected to be in action tonight, but her favourite whipping boy is as James Ellsworth takes on Asuka in a lumberjack match. I’m expecting an easy victory for the Empress of Tomorrow, but on a side note – when is ‘Mella going to add this badass Moonwalk DDT to her arsenal??

Jeff Hardy is the United States Champion, and for once seems to have the police on his side. He’s still being advertised to defend the championship at Sunday’s Extreme Rules, however an injury to Shinsuke Nakamura due to an overzealous police dog has left that in doubt. Nakamura is scheduled to be in action against AJ Styles tonight as I mentioned above; expect Hardy to be involved somehow.

Three Things to Watch For:

  • While it could mean very little, Nikki Cross made her main roster debut last night at Smackdown Live‘s house show in Maine. With less than one week until Extreme Rules, is there still the chance we see her join her SAnitY stablemates on the blue brand?
  • Can Tye Dillinger defeat Samoa Joe tonight? That’s the question that WWE.com is asking, and one that I’ll answer point-blank here for you. No, no he can’t, and I make that pick despite my Canadian bias.
  • Has anyone seen Lana lately?

That’s our show! You watching? Follow along with us on Twitter @WCSportsCA or let me know your thoughts personally and tweet me @SpennyLove_WCS!

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Spencer Love

Once stood in front of Cedric Alexander in line at a hotel. Slightly big deal.

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