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5 things you need to know before tonight's WWE SmackDown Live (January 8th, 2019)

Thomas Lowson
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4.17K   //    08 Jan 2019, 22:50 IST

Which of these three Superstars will face Asuka at the Royal Rumble?
Which of these three Superstars will face Asuka at the Royal Rumble?

In just a few short hours, the Jackson Veterans Memorial Arena will host what is shaping up to be an exciting night of WWE SmackDown Live.

As the Royal Rumble pay per view draws nearer, more and more Superstars will be hoping to add their names to the hat, with the Rumble match being the ultimate first class ticket to WrestleMania, and a chance to become a champion at the iconic show this coming April.

But before WrestleMania, and before the Royal Rumble, the men and women will have to survive what the McMahon family have planned for tonight.

Plenty has already been promised for tonight's big episode, and we're sure there will be a few surprises along the way.

Here are five things you need to know before tonight's edition of WWE SmackDown Live.

#5 Who will join the Rumble?

Who will be the next to join the Royal Rumble matches?
Who will be the next to join the Royal Rumble matches?

For the second year ever, the WWE Royal Rumble pay per view will host two rumble matches, one for the men and one for the women.

And whilst 29 out of the potential 60 spots have been filled for the two matches, there are still plenty of spots for the men and women of the Blue brand.

The Rumble match has helped change the careers of several Superstars, such as Asuka, who won the inaugural Women's Royal Rumble and (despite some setbacks), is riding high as the SmackDown Women's Champion.

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Only seven male SmackDown Superstars have entered the match, and just four female Superstars from SmackDown so far.

Expect that to change tonight, when more men and women from SmackDown announce their participation, in what they'll all hope will be their first step on the road to WrestleMania.

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