WWE has announced a slate of matches that will be taking place on next week’s episode of SmackDown Live.
On Saturday, the company revealed that WWE Champion Daniel Bryan would battle Jeff Hardy in a non-title match, which could easily headline the show.
Also set is Randy Orton vs. Mustafa Ali in a singles match and Shinsuke Nakamura teaming up with Rusev to battle Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows in a tag team match.
In the preview article that WWE’s official website, WWE teased if Nakamura and Rusev could co-exist due to their history as Nakamura beat Rusev to win back the United States Title at the Royal Rumble before Nakamura lost it to R-Truth on last week’s episode of SmackDown Live.
Orton vs. Ali and Hardy vs. Bryan will serve as a preview for the next match with the WWE Title on the line. Bryan is slated to make his next title defense against Orton, Ali, Hardy, AJ Styles, and Samoa Joe at the Elimination Chamber PPV event.
Tuesday’s episode of WWE SmackDown Live is slated to go down in Everett, WA at the Angel of the Winds Arena. This will be an important show for SmackDown Live as WWE is hopeful to continue to increase its viewership while building programs heading into their next pay-per-view event, Elimination Chamber.