Tonight’s SmackDown & NXT Tapings, Why Alberto Was On RAW

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WWE will tape tonight’s episode of NXT and Friday’s SmackDown show from the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona.

NXT will feature the first elimination of Season 4. SmackDown will see Alberto Del Rio vs. Rey Mysterio in a 2 of 3 Falls Match and Kane vs. Edge in a Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight championship.

– A few readers have asked why SmackDown star Alberto Del Rio wrestled on Monday’s WWE RAW from Phoenix. Aside from the fact that Alberto is in the midst of a major push and WWE wants him to get as much exposure as possibe, the main reason is that WWE wants to give RAW fans a look at a top SmackDown star in hopes that they’ll watch SmackDown on SyFy. Expect to see more crossover among RAW and SmackDown stars in the coming months.

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– The new backstage announcer we saw on RAW is Scott Stanford, who announces on WWE Superstars and is one of WWE‘s “hype men” on the PPV preview shows that air before WWE‘s PPVs go on the air. He’s a longtime newscaster in the New York area and has an official website at ScottStanford.tv.