There may not be a pay-per-view but make no mistake, this week in WWE is going to be a big one. For starters on top of Raw, SmackDown Live, NXT, and 205 Live, we have got the live final of the inaugural Mae Young Classic to look forward to. Let’s not jump ahead of ourselves quite yet though, there’s plenty to look forward to on WWE’s regularly scheduled programming also. Most notably is SmackDown Live which will air live from Las Vegas. WWE often likes to promote their Vegas shows and they have certainly done that this week. More on that later though, and here are five reasons why next week WWE television is can’t miss.
5. The Final Of The Mae Young Classic
Many of us have been binge watching the Mae Young Classic on the WWE Network these past two weeks, and what a tournament it has been. We are now down to two women, and after SmackDown Live on Tuesday night, two women will do battle live from Las Vegas. All in all the two Superstars who have made the final are probably the best choices. Arguably the biggest babyface of all 32 women versus the biggest heel. Japanese star Kairi Sane captured the hearts of the fans, while former UFC star Shayna Baszler has been a bonfide bad ass that people love to hate. That match will be intriguing and once the dust settles we will have our first Mae Young Classic winner.
4. Who Will Join Ruby Riot?
If you’re a female Superstar right now then NXT is the place to be. This past week the footage was finally aired of Asuka relinquishing the NXT Women’s Championship which means her reign has officially come to an end. What that means is for the first time in over 500 days, they are set to crown a new Women’s Champion in NXT. A few of the top contenders will be Peyton Royce, Billie Kay, and Ruby Riot. As it stands though, the three of them are pretty tied up in their own thing. Ruby went to NXT General Manager William Regal asking for a handicap match against the two, but instead went one better and granted her a tag match with a partner of her choice. Who will Riot team up with? Could it even be someone from the Mae Young Classic?
3. Brock Lesnar May Very Well Be On Raw
This one has not been confirmed by WWE, but there seems to be a pattern emerging. When Brock Lesnar was on a collision course with Goldberg a while back WWE tried to keep the two men separate, taking one Raw each until they would both appear on the go home show. Stick with me here. The Beast is now heading towards a pay-per-view match with Braun Strowman. Two weeks ago Lesnar was on Raw, but Strowman was not. This past week Strowman was on Raw, but Lesnar was absent. With that in mind, all signs point towards an appearance from the Universal Champion this coming Monday. Lesnar’s feud with The Monster Among Men is one of the most intriguing he has ever had, and anything revolving around it is must-see TV.
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2. Vince McMahon Is Coming To SmackDown Live
SmackDown Live was the stand out show for WWE this past week. Not only did it do a lot of work to establish the show in Las Vegas next week, but it had a lot of must-see moments in itself. The thread running throughout the show was the clash between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens. After the blue brand’s commissioner attacked Kevin Owens, General Manager Daniel Bryan received a call from none other than Vince McMahon telling him to indefinitely suspend his own son. That wasn’t all though. Just as SmackDown Live was about to come to an end, Bryan informed a smug looking Owens that next week The Boss would be at SmackDown Live. We cannot wait to see the back and forth between The Boss and The Prizefighter after what Owens said to Shane and the threats he made about suing the company.
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1. A Title Match Triple Header
Did we mention that SmackDown Live is going to be a great show next week? Maybe once or twice right. Well, it’s not only the presence of Vince McMahon that is going to make it can’t miss. We have also been promised not one, not two, but three championship matches. First up AJ Styles will hold another United States Open Challenge promised to Tye Dillinger after what’s been going on with Baron Corbin over the last few weeks. Then we have a Tag Team Championship rematch between The Usos and The New Day. Last week Jimmy and Jey had the opportunity to pick the stipulation, and they’ve opted for a Las Vegas street fight. Finally, last but not least, we will see Natalya in her first title defense since becoming Women’s Champion, and she will take on former champion Naomi.
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