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WWE SmackDown Live Preview: August 29, 2017

A megastar goes for gold and a corrupt champion gets his comeuppance.


Does SmackDown Live have a new megastar on its hands?
Does SmackDown Live have a new megastar in Bobby Roode?

After John Cena transferred over to Raw, the Blue Brand could do with an injection of fresh faces and refreshing storylines.

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And that's exactly what was promised on last week's episode of SmackDown Live when the likes of Shelton Benjamin, Bobby Roode and Dolph Ziggler all arrived on board.

However, the heated feud involving AJ Styles, Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon has been stealing all the headlines and after last week's US Title match, what will be the latest development in this intriguing storyline?

Meanwhile, Shinsuke Nakamura obtained a measure of retribution for being screwed out of the WWE Title at SummerSlam when he punished the Singh brothers, but will he be able to work himself into a position for another Championship opportunity?

And how will newcomer Bobby Roode fare in the face of stiff competition on the main roster the likes of which even NXT cannot match up to?

Breaking down all of these points and more, here is our preview of this week's episode of SmackDown Live!


#1 A new Dolph Ziggler?

What career-altering change does Dolph Ziggler have in mind?
What career-altering change does Dolph Ziggler have in mind?

Dolph Ziggler cut a cryptic promo backstage on SmackDown Live last week, announcing his return but, tellingly, forewarning a change of approach from here on in.

It's been well documented that the Showoff has fallen just short of expectations throughout his career. While he's always been there or thereabouts, he's never really gotten the big one done.

Will the new approach he's promising serve to help him change all that? Is he going to reveal a side of Dolph Ziggler that we've never seen before?

We won't have to wait long to find out as he promised that he would set the ball rolling on this week's episode of SmackDown Live.

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