Smackdown Preview 03.13
On Friday, it will be the 13th day of March which is called, "Friday the 13th." Many people are superstitious because a day like this means bad luck or its the fear of being unlucky. On Smackdown, it will be unlucky because for the first time there will be no audience attending the show. The CoronaVirus Pandemic outbreak has caused panic across the nation and around the world. In order to reduce and contain the virus spread, it is strongly recommended for people to stay at home and avoid large gatherings. Regardless of the situation, the show must go on but not in Detroit. WWE relocated to the Performance Center training facility in Orlando, Florida. The Show will air live as regular scheduled.
Jeff Hardy will make his return. Nearly a year away from the ring, he is set to battle but who will be his opponent? A very hard choice to determine which superstar will confront him. I hope it would be someone who is not a WrestleMania potential at first so we can see how much rust is taking out on Hardy's skills. Maybe Mustafa Ali can come out of hiding.
Paige returns to Smackdown as she has some words to share with the Smackdown Women's Champion Bayley. She will confront her face-to-face but it is unknown if Paige is cleared from actual wrestling. Paige has been involved with FOX WWE Backstage.
John Cena returns to Smackdown to address Bray Wyatt, "The Fiend." This comes at a good time for WWE and FOX with all the health issues our country is dealing with. With many most likely staying indoors, ratings can skyrocket and see Cena on television.
What about the action? We still have Braun Strowman who lost the Intercontinental title to Sami Zayn in a handicap match at the Elimination Chamber. The Miz and John Morrison remain Smackdown Tag Team Champions and the "Lust and Bust" of Otis from Heavy Machinery, Dolph Ziggler and Mandy Rose.
With WrestleMania 23 days away, which superstars will have a locked match card for the event? Here are the following official match cards so far...
Goldberg vs Roman Reigns
Brock Lesnar vs Drew McIntyre
RAW Women's Championship
Becky Lynch vs Shayna Baszler
NXT Women's Championship
Rhea Ripley vs Charlotte Flair