Six days removed from a jam-packed, thrill-a-minute Royal Rumble PPV, Smackdown will bound back onto our screens to continue us down the road to WrestleMania.
With the buzz of the Rumble still hanging in the air, superstars will be looking forward to what these results mean for their immediate futures.
RadioTimes.com rounds up what to expect on this week’s episode of WWE Friday Night Smackdown.
Roman stands tall
Everything Paul Heyman says is true. Roman Reigns, the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table, is the top competitor in WWE.
He might not win clean like Drew, or want multiple titles like Asuka, but he is cold, clinical and gets the job done. Champions survive, and on Sunday night, Roman Reigns survived.
Kevin Owens put in a monumental effort at Royal Rumble and, be it for a golf cart, a low blow and a Guillotine, he’d be the new Universal champion. Yet, he isn’t and it is Reigns who still rules over WWE’s blue brand. No doubt Paul Heyman will help him make that fact known on Friday.
Banks moves on
Speaking of champions retaining their titles, The Boss made Carmella tap once again at Royal Rumble and should now be looking forward.
The Queen of Staten Island has been a thorn in Banks’ side ever since she became champion, but now a new challenger should emerge.
Sasha has been one of the top superstars in WWE for some time now and deserves a big challenge to take this title reign to the next level.
The EST is the B.E.S.T.
That challenger? It could well be the roughest, toughest, most Royal-Rumble-est womens’ superstar in WWE, Bianca BelAir.
After entering the Royal Rumble at number three, BelAir outlasted all 29 other competitors, tossing the phenomenal Rhea Ripley over the top rope.
BelAir’s promo after her massive win on Sunday night was brilliant, full of genuine emotion and was the next step in creating another headline act in WWE.
Expect the EST of WWE to come out full of energy and excitement, and who knows, she may just announce which champion she wants to face at WrestleMania. No exaggeration: Banks v BelAir could steal the whole Show of Shows.
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