Tonight’s WWE SmackDown and WWE 205 Live will take place from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina with the final hype for Sunday’s WWE Survivor Series pay-per-view.
Confirmed for tonight’s SmackDown is Sin Cara vs. WWE United States Champion Baron Corbinplus Charlotte Flair vs. SmackDown Women’s Champion Natalya with the titles on the line, plus Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn vs. The New Day. SmackDown will also feature SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan’s first appearance since being attacked by Kane a few weeks back on RAW. It’s also believed that some of the RAW Superstars will be appearing tonight. Confirmed for WWE 205 Live is Kalisto’s birthday celebration.
“The Game” made a shocking appearance on this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw, revealing that he would replace an “injured” Jason Jordan on Team Raw at Survivor Series before he pedigreed Jordan in front of his father Kurt Angle.
That marked the first time we’d seen Triple H on WWE TV since WrestleMania 33, when he lost to Seth Rollins, and his addition to Survivor Series has created one of the most star-studded pay-per-view cards in recent memory.
But perhaps most importantly, it also opens up a variety of feud possibilities for Triple H, Angle and Jordan.
Triple H, of course, has a long history of making unforgettable returns to WWE, comebacks that have typically done incredibly well in increasing interest and generating strong TV ratings. His return to Raw in January 2015 resulted in an increase of 300,000 viewers while his surprising return last summer gave Raw a bump of 100,000 viewers. The presence of Triple H also generated another massive leap of more than 300,000 viewers for the red brand this January, demonstrating the drawing power that has made him one of WWE’s highest paid stars.
Likewise, Angle has been proving his drawing prowess as well. The revelation that Jordan was his son on July 17th resulted in a very impressive increase of nearly 150,000 viewers while his involvement in Big Cass’s heel turn on Enzo Amore helped propel Raw to a whopping 22% viewership increase, with 550,000 more fans tuning in than they did the previous week. Thus, it was no surprise that there was an undeniable air of excitement when Angle replaced Roman Reigns at TLC last month and created a buzz that certainly wasn’t there before the announcement that he’d wrestle his first WWE match in 11 years.
So, naturally, WWE has brought Angle and Triple H together for what should be one of the biggest storylines on the road to WrestleMania 34.