Smackdown and 205 Live will emanate from the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida tonight. 2 matches have been confirmed for Smackdown, including the 2nd semi-final match in the Smackdown tag-team tournament. Just one match has been announced for 205 Live tonight.
Smackdown Live 7/31 Preview
Jeff Hardy Confronts Randy Orton
Jeff Hardy wasn’t on Smackdown last week. He was out selling his injuries from Orton’s attack the previous week. 2 weeks ago on Smackdown, Orton attacked Hardy and tried to rip open his stretched earlobe. Last week, Orton cut a scathing promo on the WWE Universe and promised to end Hardy’s WWE return.
Jeff Hardy returns to Smackdown tonight and will confront Orton on the show.
— CJ (Lana) Perry (@LanaWWE) July 30, 2018
Lana vs Zelina Vega
Andrade Almas defeated Rusev on Smackdown last week. This week, Lana has challenged Zelina Vega to a single’s match. It will be Vega’s first match on WWE’s main roster.
Lana won her last single’s match. She defeated Billie Kay in a MITB qualifying match. It was her first single’s victory on the main roster.
— Sheamus (@WWESheamus) July 30, 2018
Smackdown Tag-Team Tournament
The Usos vs The Bar
Paige announced a 4-team tournament to determine who will challenge the Bludgeon Brothers at SummerSlam. Last week, New Day defeated Sanity to move to the finals of the tournament which will be held next week.
Tonight, two decorated tag-teams will fight for the right to take on the New Day in the finals.
Fallout From Samoa Joe’s Attack On AJ Styles
Samoa Joe will challenge AJ Styles for the WWE Championship at SummerSlam. Joe made a point of attacking and choking out the champion last week.
We should get Style’s response to his new challenger tonight.
Becky Lynch and Carmella Segment
Last week, Becky Lynch defeated Carmella in a non-title match to earn a title shot at SummerSlam. Without James Ellsworth by her side, Carmella is going to be in tough with the surging Lynch.
Daniel Bryan’s Response to the Miz
Last week on Miz TV, the Miz threw a fake baby at Daniel Bryan before attacking him. As we build to a showdown between these longtime rivals, Bryan will be looking for payback tonight.
Expect the Miz to promote his reality show as much as possible.
205 Live Preview
Akira Tozawa and Lio Rush Segment
Tozawa and Lio Rush have been feuding as of late. Rush believes Tozawa is too complacent whereas he takes whatever he wants. Tozawa has been calling for a rematch with Rush but that decision lays in the hands of Drake Maverick.
Cedric Alexander vs the Brian Kendrick
Alexander will defend his title against Drew Gulak at SummerSlam but tonight he’ll have a tune-up match with Brian Kendrick. Gulak will likely be on hand to scout his upcoming opponent. He might even get involved in the match.