WWE SmackDown Live Preview – May 15, 2018


WWE is back in the UK although going by last night’s episode of Raw, you wouldn’t know it. It had been announced that this year’s home for the UK Division will be 205 Live. I’ve got to say, however, that I was incredibly disappointed when Pete Dunne didn’t make an honorary appearance to knock some smarmy heel out of his boots.

With any luck, and the fact that 205 Live airs immediately after SmackDown Live so we know they’ll be in the building, we might get some Brits on our screens during tonight’s edition of the blue brand. That said, we probably won’t.

On with the preview!

Money In The Bank Qualifiers

It was announced last week that the Bar (Sheamus & Cesaro) will face ya boys the New Day (a tag team variation of Big E, Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston) for the right to enter one member into this year’s Men’s Money in the Bank ladder match.

Considering Cesaro hole punched Woods’ tongue last week, the man behind Up Up Down Down will likely sit this one out. Expect a high-quality bout out of these two groups with a New day victory.

It was previously reported that Big E is set for a big push with Money in the Bank being the catalyst so I can’t see this going any other way.

Welcome Almas and Vega

Guys! They’re finally here! It’s happening! IT’S HAPPENING! We are finally getting the SmackDown Live debuts of former NXT Champion and five-star match owner Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and his business associate Zelina Vega.

This may be the most excited I’ve been for a debut in years and with Money In The Bank just over a month away, Almas is a shoe-in to debut in a qualifiers match and go on to the pay-per-view where I have no doubts he will turn some heads even if he doesn’t win… imagine it though.

Royal Mellabration

WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella is scheduled to have her “Royal Mellabration” tonight which I can only assume will be… now I’m going out on a limb here… some form of celebration. Nailed it.

I really don’t know what to make of ‘Mella’s title reign thus far. Her matches have been lackluster in all honesty. Beating Charlotte Flair clean in the middle of the ring just over a month removed from the ‘Queen’ breaking Asuka’s undefeated streak was also ridiculous. Maybe I’m still just too hurt that it ended in the first place.

On the other hand, her character work is amazing and the IIconics have been nicely entwined in the feud while not being too overbearing. Since Charlotte is in New York, expect ‘Mella to go unchallenged tonight… unless someone like Becky Lynch fancies another fluke loss.

AJ Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura… Again

Remember when we couldn’t wait to see this at WrestleMania? Those were the days, right? Now here we are again, with yet another match between WWE Champion AJ Styles and the man who I’m pretty sure suddenly has the worst record of title challenges in history with 0-286, Shinsuke Nakamura.

What happened? Seriously, can someone explain this to me, please? Either way, SmackDown Live Commissioner Shane McMahon announced via his Twitter yesterday that these two would face off for the WWE Championship again at Money In The Bank.

Since a no-disqualification match-type was unable to bring about a decisive winner, tonight’s match is for the right to pick the stipulation for their upcoming bout. At this point, they’ll call for a “last to low blow wins” match since neither of them can resist the urge.

The Rest

Other possible segments for tonight include:

  • Where is Samoa Joe?
  • Where is Big Cass?
  • What are SAnitY doing in their off-season?
  • What’s Jeff Hardy up to?
  • Will Sonya Deville be moody with Paige?
  • How will Daniel Bryan recover from his loss to Rusev?
  • There better be a Rusevbration!

I hope these are legitimate headlines in the script for tonight’s show.


What are you most looking forward to on tonight’s show? Do you know where SAnitY is? If so, please tell me, I’m getting worried about the poor chaps. You can do that via the comments below or on Twitter here.