Undertaker Returning For Smackdown 1000
Smackdown debuted as a pilot episode back in April 1999 before becoming a weekly TV show later in the year – and on October 16th 2018 the show celebrates its 1000th episode. And to get you excited for the show, the Capital One Arena have posted a triple main event of AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe for the WWE Championship, Jeff Hardy vs. Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz, as well as appearances from the United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura, Tag Team Champions The Bludgeon Brothers and Women’s Champion Carmella. But before you decry that this has spoiled the outcomes for Summerslam, it’s worth noting that – as always – this card is subject to change.
What is confirmed for Smackdown 1000 however is the return to TV screens of The Undertaker. ‘Taker was last seen at The Greatest Royal Rumble, but hasn’t been on either Raw or Smackdown since his very odd promo on Raw 25.
The Capital One Arena site doesn’t say if ‘Taker will be wrestling on the show, but he is scheduled to face Triple H at the Melbourne Super Show-Down on October 6th – which will be first WWE match since Madison Square Garden last month and his first televised outing since his squash match against John Cena at WrestleMania.
Daniel Bryan WWE Contract Update
You may have spotted there that advertised for Smackdown 1000 is Daniel Bryan, which would indicate that he is re-signing with WWE when his contract expires on September 1st. But again, it is card subject to change and there is every chance that Bryan will let his contract expire and wrestle elsewhere. Like a certain Madison Square Garden show that sold out recently.
However during an appearance on Sam Roberts’ podcast, Bryan told him that he will likely stick with WWE.
“I think at this point it’s 90 plus percent… I will say it’s likely I will sign with WWE. The reality is that’s the probability. I have not re-signed yet but it could happen as soon as the end of this week or it could be a couple more weeks. It’s very likely.”
In the latest issue of his Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Peyton Royce fan Dave Meltzer noted that the delay in signing could be down to Bryan’s desire to spend less time on the road away from his wife and daughter.
“From what we understand, the key thing was the schedule, because he didn’t like being away from his daughter for long periods of time and every weekend, and they did take him off a number of weekend house show tours of late. The sides have evidently reached an agreement on most of the key issues, as I figured they would, since WWE badly did not want him leaving.”
And this seems to be case, as Bryan told Sam Roberts:
“I don’t wanna do a full schedule and I think WWE has been very gracious in working with me to not do a complete schedule.”
WWE Survivor Series Match Revealed?
If Bryan does re-sign and stick with WWE, he’ll be around for this November’s Survivor Series – the one night of the year where Raw and Smackdown stars go head to head in direct competition. Apart from all those other times.
One of the long-rumored matches for Survivor Series – and since Ronda Rousey signed with WWE – was the possibility of WWE’s Four Horsewoman of Bayley, Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch facing off against the MMA Horsewomen of Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir. WWE even shot angles for the match last year during the Mae Young Classic, but the plans were eventually scrapped.
Recently, WWE have stepped up their game by teasing a showdown between the two groups on their social media channels, and Dave Meltzer notes in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter:
“All the social media teases regarding The Four Horsewomen are that they are planning a Four Horsewomen vs. Four Horsewomen match at Survivor Series… Whether they pull the trigger on it or not, who knows, since even though both are getting heavily praised, Marina Shafir has only had two matches so far and Jessamyn Duke hasn’t had anything but practice matches.”
Although they appeared at the Mae Young Classic, Duke and Shafir only recently signed their WWE contracts. But according to Meltzer, they have impressed and could surpass both Rousey and Baszler’s in-ring work.
“The feeling is Rousey is great on the big stage when the match is completely laid out [and] Shayna Baszler is clearly ready. Shafir had a successful debut built around using her judo which she does well, and Duke is getting real rave [reviews] for her potential. A few different people told me that in the end, she’s going to end up as the best of the four.”