It’s only right that we start off today’s article with a picture of the new President of the United States of America.America.
Before the comments section explodes into the non-wrestling kind of blue vs red brands – I’m not declaring my allegiance for either side here. I’m merely pointing out that the next President of the United States is a WWE Hall of Famer who was once stunnered by Stone Cold Steve Austin. Make of that what you will.
The much bigger news yesterday happened on Smackdown Not So Live – as the show came from the different timezoned Glasgow, Scotland, this episode was actually taped – and what went down suggests we’re going to have a very different WWE landscape after Survivor Series.
To fit in with the cross-brand theme, most of the matches will be based around Smackdown vs Raw. But at least two of those bouts will now be for more than just bragging rights.
Along with the already announced match for Dolph Ziggler’s Intercontinental Title – currently on Smackdown – against the Raw roster’s Sami Zayn, there will now also be The Brian Kendrick putting Raw’s Cruiserweight Championship on the line against returning Smackdown star Kalisto. The winner will not just get the title belt, but the whole Cruiserweight division on their respective show.
WWE’s live programme scheduling might have already revealed the outcome.
205 Live is a new, hour-long, weekly WWE Network show specifically for the Cruiserweight division which will debut on the 29th November – the week after Survivor Series – and it’s set to film after Smackdown Live on Tuesday nights. The Smackdown post-show Talking Smack will be moved to 11pm. This suggests the Cruiserweights will move to Smackdown for logistical touring reasons, and that Kalisto will win at Survivor Series.
Which might also mean Ziggler is dropping his Intercontinental Championship just over a month after he won it to give Raw a title back in exchange. Although that would put the IC and US titles on the same brand.
It was also revealed that Shane McMahon will be replacing Baron Corbin on Team Smackdown for Survivor Series – which complicates his speculated involvement in the Goldberg/Brock Lesnar match after Shane O’Mac’s confrontation with The Beast at Summerslam – and, far more importantly, that James Ellsworth will be their team mascot.
In more bizarre Smackdown additions, WWE have announced that the deceptively tall Tom/Todd/Phil/Phillips – whatever his name is – will be rejoining the blue brand’s commentary booth to make it a four-man team. Which is almost half a Survivor Series match in itself.
And in yet another big announcement, Shane McMahon has revealed on Twitter that WWE Hall of Famer Edge will be returning to Smackdown Live next week for the show’s 900th episode for a special edition of the Cutting Edge.
Not only is next week’s the landmark 900th episode and the Survivor Series go-home show, it’s also the first time in a while that Smackdown won’t be up against major sports or election coverage – so WWE will be looking to draw a big rating. They’ve also already confirmed The Undertaker will be appearing, and a few more big former-Smackdown star surprises are rumoured to cameo.
Who else do you think will appear on Smackdown Live’s 900th episode? The Rock? Kurt Angle? To be honest…we’ll probably just get Teddy Long. So tell us how people are going one-on-one with The Undertaker in the comments below.