Welcome to our live coverage of this week’s SmackDown! Tonight’s show is sure to be a big one, as we head into Elimination Chamber on Sunday!
The main event of tonight is a match we’ve seen a thousand times (79 to be exact). However it’s a match we haven’t seen since Hell In A Cell 2014, and not since John Cena has become the incredibly respected worker he is today. Sure Cena was already great in 2014 but now he is on another level and it should make for an interesting collision. Will Orton walk out with the V and therefore some momentum heading to WrestleMania against the current Champ, or will Cena overcome his long-term rival and have momentum heading into Elimination Chamber?
Elsewhere on tonight’s show in Seattle; American Alpha will get to watch all six of their opposing teams face-off in a huge tag team match, Nikki Bella is still locking horns with Natalya, Carmella has been racking-up a nice win record, and Mickie James and Alexa Bliss are a constant thorn in the side of Becky Lynch and Naomi. The latter is in-line for a title shot this Sunday, so let’s see what Bliss tries to pull-off tonight in order to worm out of the match.
The Elimination Chamber match is likely to be central focus of tonight’s SmackDown though. There are many smaller stories running throughout the Chamber, what with Dean Ambrose being hunted (and beaten) by Baron Corbin, AJ Styles desperately wanting his title back, Bray Wyatt lurking with Orton at his side, and The Miz still out to prove himself to anyone who will listen. These stories will certainly play a big role tonight and set the blue brand into fifth gear as we set-out on the home stretch! Before the show begins, get talking in the comments and download the Ringside News app, follow me on Twitter, and then enjoy the show!