Next week's SmackDown Live is shaping up to be a pretty big deal with three title matches booked plus a visit from Vince McMahon.
SmackDown Live hit a bit of a lull last week. Whether WWE noticed that or not, we'll likely never know, but they have certainly reacted as if they have. This week's offering featured a huge development in the feud between Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens, a terrific main event between Randy Orton and Shinsuke Nakamura, and more importantly some serious booking for next week's show.
If we are given everything that's promised next week, and there's no reason why we shouldn't be, then next week's SmackDown Live is set to be a huge show. With no pay-per-view coming up for the blue brand in the near future—No Mercy is next and it's Raw only—this is likely WWE's answer to that issue as next week's show is pay-per-view worthy.
First up, we will be treated to three title matches. A Women's Championship rematch between Naomi and Natalya, a street fight pitting The Usos against New Day, and a United States title open challenge that it only open to one man, Tye Dillinger. On top of that, it was revealed right at the end of the show that Vince McMahon will be making an appearance on the to address the issue with Shane-O and KO.
A bumper edition of SmackDown Live indeed, and that's not the only reason WWE is going to be the place to be next Tuesday. Also, live from Las Vegas will be the final of the inaugural Mae Young Classic. MMA famous Shayna Baszler will go head to head with Japanese star Kairi Sane to complete what has been an entertaining and successful tournament for its competitors as well as WWE.
While fans obviously love surprises, how WWE has gone about booking next week's SmackDown Live is exactly how it should be done. Not always of course, but with how next Tuesday's show was advertised on Tuesday night there will likely be very few people who were watching that won't tune in for the next episode considering what has been promised. SmackDown Live beat Raw this week in terms of entertainment value, and it's hard to imagine it won't continue that streak next week.