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5 things that can happen on SmackDown live next week

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Dolph Ziggler returned to SmackDown Live this week

I missed writing up last week’s episode of SmackDown Live due to personal issues, but I’m back this week. I didn’t really miss much to write about, because it was the same show as always, with some average wrestling, and not much to advance the story. They actually did a big of story advancement this week. With the WWE Fastlane main event getting finalized and a three-way feud established for the United States Title, there’s a little bit of movement happening on the way to the last PPV before WrestleMania.

The Usos cut the same promo for the third week in a row (good, but nothing new) and it’s irritating how slowly they are moving with the tag team scene. They made it clear last week that the Bludgeon Brothers were going to be the next challengers when they emphasized the word “brothers” in their promo, and this week they did it again, with the BB smashing the television screen that they were apparently watching the promo on, just to really deliver the message in the most ham-handed way possible.

Harper and Rowan are great as a team and the Bludgeon Brothers gimmick is just stupid. But as long as they have good matches (which they have already proven they can, especially against the Usos), I’ll deal with the bad gimmick. In any event, that’s some of what happened this week. We’ll get more into this week’s episode while predicting what might happen next week.

#5 Ruby Riott pins Charlotte in the six-woman tag match

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The Riott Squad enter before Sarah Logan vs. Charlotte

The direction for the SD Women’s Championship is pretty clear. Ruby Riott is going to be challenging Charlotte for the title at Fastlane. They could go for a big match with a bunch of women in it, but they are already doing it for the WWE Title match with the 5-way. I have a feeling that the other six women on SmackDown are going to find themselves in a match to determine the #1 contender for Charlotte’s title at WrestleMania, since it appears that Ronda Rousey will be doing something not related to either Women’s Title at WrestleMania, and Asuka is going to be challenging for RAW’s Women’s Title (expectedly).

Either way, this match will see Ruby pin Charlotte, which will lead to her getting a title shot on March 11. Charlotte already has her sights set on Ruby, as she has already defeated Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan.

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