WWE SmackDown LIVE Preview: May 02, 2017
Will WWE crown a new US Champion?
Payback was yesterday’s news. The new episode of SmackDown LIVE comes to you from the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, in just a few hours, and it looks to be loaded with a lot of surprises. As the brand builds to the upcoming ‘Backlash’ pay-per-view in just three weeks, it’s time for the pieces to fall into place. While the main course will be served on Tuesday Night, consider this piece an appetiser that gets you ready for all the action!
It’s time for your weekly SmackDown LIVE preview countdown. Gear up and enjoy the ride with us.
#5 New US Champion to be crowned?
Kevin Owens dropped the United States Championship to Chris Jericho at Payback, after a very action packed contest. However, SmackDown LIVE's newest member does not have long to celebrate considering he will be defending his championship against Kevin Owens in a rematch, this week. Considering Jericho goes on tour in just a few days, with his band Fozzy, it is very likely that the title will change hands. Will Kevin Owens become the new face of America once more? Easy answer, right?
However, there may be more to this scenario than meets the eye. AJ Styles is the number 1 contender for the US Championship, and he might just find a way to weasel his way into the match. This does not change anything in the long run, and it can actually shake things up. Jericho can still go on tour, while Owens and Styles can continue their summer feud.