WWE SMACKDOWN PRIMER 10/31: Ziggler vs. Roode best of three falls, Owens vs. Nakamura for spot on Survivor Series team, Styles vs. Singh, Breezango’s Strangerer Things

By Joey Galizia, PWTorch contributor

Dolph Ziggler (Art credit Grant Gould © PWTorch)


OCTOBER 31, 2017
By Joey Galizia (@RamJam89), PWTORCH SPECIALIST


  • Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Kevin Owens to qualify for team SD at Survivor Series
  • Bobby Roode vs. Dolph Ziggler in a 2-out of-3 falls match to qualify for team SD
  • A.J. Styles faces Samir Singh
  • Sin Cara wants a rematch with U.S. Champion Baron Corbin
  • Breezango goes full on Stranger Things!


As the war for brand supremacy continues to grow more hostile, team SD is ensuring that only the toughest competitors are representing them on the 19th. That’s why Commissioner Shane McMahon has been scheduling a series of qualifying matches in order to build the best team. The Viper Randy Orton already has a spot after he emerged victorious over Sami Zayn last week. Shane most definitely took great joy in seeing Sami beaten and defeated considering he nearly got him killed at Hell in a Cell. Remember that other guy that almost got Shane killed? A one Kevin Owens?

He’ll be in qualifying action tonight. Kevin will be clashing with the Artist formerly known as King (or whatever they’re calling him now) Shinsuke Nakamura. Shinsuke did take part in the raid of Raw last week in Green Bay so his allegiance to SD Live and the self-proclaimed “land of opportunity” brand is in full force. This isn’t the first time these two have done battle, and it should provide a fine main event for the good people of Norfolk.


If there is one thing we can commend WWE Champion Jinder Mahal on, it’s his intense training routine. He most definitely has sculpted himself to look like a monster, and lord knows he’s probably been putting in extra time as he prepares for the Beast Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series. The thing is… Jinder has a more important threat on the horizon in A.J. Styles who has made it very clear that he wants Jinder’s prized WWE Title belt. Fortunately for the Maharaja, his lackeys are quite loyal and interested in taking a beating from the Phenomenal One. Styles defeated Sunil Singh a week ago with ease, and tonight will have a match with brother Samir.


Another set of superstars who will be in qualifying action tonight will be Dolph Ziggler and the Glorious One, Bobby Roode. Since debuting Roode has been insanely popular thanks to his fantastic entrance theme and swagger, but Ziggler has been a thorn in his side every step of the way. Each man has traded a win a piece in this battle, and tonight they’ll settle the score by having a best-of-three-falls match. The winner (most likely Roode) will join team blue. The loser, may fade into the background as the next month is far too busy for pointless storylines.


-Sin Cara may not be gracing our screens every week, but the dude is a very underrated in-ring talent. He’s also got a pair of wins now over the Lone Wolf and U.S. Champion Baron Corbin, albeit by countout and disqualification. Cara has asked for yet another rematch tonight. Perhaps Corbin is a little distracted by the A-lister cutting promo’s on him from twitter to care about the luchador extravaganza.

-While the unorthodox Alicia Fox is the captain for the women’s team on Raw, the beloved Becky Lynch is team leader for team SD. Who she recruits to join her isn’t hard to figure out, but can she keep a team focused on the enemy? Probably as most of the women were in unison during the invasion last week. However, a key member that wasn’t involved was Queen Charlotte who is still eyeing Natalya and the Smackdown women’s championship. As of right now Natty is just worried about repping her brand when she faces Alexa Bliss at Survivor Series, as well as keeping watch for Carmella and her MITB briefcase.

-Breezango is still searching for the mystery of who attacked them and trashed their office. I actually don’t care if they ever figure it out because the journey of them recreating all of these famous hollywood scenarios is too entertaining. Tonight they dive into the UpsideDown from Netflix’s extremely popular Stranger Things. (Second season now streaming and AMAZING.)

-It’s Halloween! Nothing more Halloweeny then the cryptic promos of Harper and Rowan…aka…BLUNGEON BROTHERS.

SD’s competing with game six of a VERY good World Series. Which will you be watching?

NOW CHECK OUT LAST WEEK’S ARTICLE: WWE SMACKDOWN PRIMER 10/24: Survivor Series hype including follow-up to Under Siege, Jinder’s reaction to Heyman, Sami & KO


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