WWE SmackDown Live Preview: November 07, 2017
The tensions between Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live are simmering dangerously close to boiling point as Manchester, England, hosts both the shows this week.
And I know exactly what you're thinking.
What a perfect opportunity for Raw to lay siege to SmackDown Live, isn't it?
However, life does go on as usual on the Blue brand with AJ Styles taking on Jinder Mahal for the WWE Championship.
Will the Phenomenal One earn the right to face Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series by getting one over on the Modern Day Maharaja?
Or will the Singh brothers, yet again, interfere in the match and stack the odds against Jinder's opponent?
We're as curious as you are to find out as we preview this week's episode of SmackDown Live.
A convenient 'confusion'
Are the New Day in league with the Bar?
Both former Tag champions in their respective brands, it felt like a little more than coincidence that the New Day would show up on Raw during the Shield's match with the Bar and provide a distraction that the challengers would then capitalise upon.
The Tag Championships changed hands and Kurt Angle was left red-faced; he had bought the 'under siege part 2' ruse hook, line and sinker.
The biggest winners in all of the confusion, however, were the Bar, who won back the Raw Tag Team gold from Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.
As it stands, they're the team that will represent Team Red at Survivor Series against the Usos - serial nemeses of New Day.
Which again begs the question: was all of this a grand, conniving plan hatched by the two teams in tandem?