WWE SmackDown Live Preview: January 9, 2018
Will SmackDown be able to outshine Raw this week?
WWE finally delivered the goods in the new year as Raw was an explosive affair from start to finish. From a vulnerable Beast Incarnate to The Miz showing up and reminding the fans why he is an underrated legend in the making, Raw had some promising takeaways and the same is expected from the men and women in blue.
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This week's WWE SmackDown Live will be live from the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL and WWE have enough of firepower to ensure two captivating hours of sports entertainment. But WWE has rarely conjured up two solid shows in succession and it will be interesting to see if SmackDown manages to overshadow their counterparts in red. It's no easy feat but can be accomplished if these five talking points from tonight's episode receive proper treatment from the WWE Creative:
#1 The rise of Mojo Rawley
The friends turned foes shtick is pro wrestling 101 and never misses the mark if booked right. It helps when the performers themselves step up their game and Mojo Rawley is certainly revelling in his new found role.
The Andre The Giant Battle Royal winner has been cutting some impressive heel promos that are sadly not being aired on TV. Nonetheless, Rawley is showing immense potential since giving up on all the hype and tonight's final first-round match in the ongoing US Championship tournament against Zack Ryder would go a long way in determining his immediate future.
It's highly unlikely WWE puts the strap around him at such a nascent stage but he will get a healthy push irrespective of the outcome. As for Ryder, he should have no qualms about putting over the former defensive lineman.