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Friday Night SmackDown is in front of LIVE fans...for the first time since March of last year...as WWE returns to live touring.
Friday night’s show at Houston’s Toyota Center is SOLD OUT. Around 15,000 fans are expected to be in attendance.
It’s the last stop before Sunday’s Money In The Bank pay per view.
Bianca Belair will defend the SmackDown Women’s Championship against Carmella.
The Universal Champion Roman Reigns & The Usos will tag up against Edge and Rey & Dominik Mysterio.
Plus, a 4-Way Match involving SmackDown’s Money In The Bank ladder match participants: Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura, Big E and Seth Rollins.
WWE quietly announced the 8th entrant in the women’s Money In The Bank ladder match. It’ll be Tamina.
The NXT UK Championship match between WALTER and Ilja Dragunov being promoted for next week has been called off. WWE announced Thursday that WALTER can not compete due to a severe injury to his left hand. WWE also claimed that the injury was the result of a backstage altercation involving WALTER and Dragunov.
There were TWO title matches on Thursday’s NXT UK.
Tyler Bate beat Joe Coffey to hold onto the Heritage Cup Championship. Bate hit a Tyler Driver 97 in the Fifth Round to secure the win.
Meiko Satomura beat Amale to retain the NXT UK Women’s Title.
Also, Teoman & Rohan Raja beat Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter. Teoman submitted Carter.
Thursday night’s Impact Wrestling was the final stop before Slammiversary...and one match was added to Saturday night’s card.
Brian Myers will team with Tenille Dashwood against Matt Cardona...and a mystery female partner.
Dashwood attacked Cardona as he and Jake Something were brawling with Myers and Sam Beale.
Scott D’Amore later met up with Cardona backstage and made the match.
(D’Amore Cardona Slammiversary)
That clip from last night’s Impact.
Earlier in the show, Dashwood & Kaleb With A K lost a tag match to Jordynne Grace & Rachael Ellering. All appears to be well between Grace and Ellering.
Competitors in the Ultimate X Match at Slammiversary clashed Thursday night.
X-Division Champ Josh Alexander, Petey Williams, Trey Miguel & Chris Bey beat Ace Austin, Madman Fulton, Rohit Raju & Shera. Bey pinned Shera with a schoolboy. After the match, Bey battered Shera with a steel chair. And he didn’t stop there. Once the ring was cleared of the opposition, Bey used the chair to smack Alexander and Miguel as well.
Havok pinned one half of the Knockouts Tag Champs Tasha Steelz ahead of Fire n’ Flava’s title defense against Havok & Rosemary.
Joe Doering pinned Fallah Bahh to win a 4-Way main event that also included Doc Gallows and Willie Mack.
Moose blew through Hernandez in a matter of minutes.
Getting back to D’Amore, he told PWInsider that Matt Striker will be back on commentary for Slammiversary.
(STINGER: New Japan)
The Tag Team Turbulence tournament begins on Friday night’s New Japan Strong...with four first-round matches: Yuji Nagata & Ren Narita vs. Fred Yehi & Wheeler Yuta...Brody King & Chris Dickinson vs. JR Kratos & Danny Limelight...Kevin Knight & The DKC vs. Jorel Nelson & Royce Isaacs...and the Good Brothers return to New Japan for a first round match against TJP & Clark Conners.
Back in Japan, the Summer Struggle tour resumes on Saturday...with two singles matches on top of the card: Ryusuke Taguchi vs. Taiji Ishimori...and Rocky Romero vs. El Phantasmo. That’s a preview of the Jr. Heavyweight Tag Title match at the Wrestle Grand Slam show later this month.
Ring Of Honor broadcaster Quinn McKay steps into the ring once again on this weekend’s ROH TV. If she can beat Mandy Leon, McKay will take her spot in the upcoming women’s title tournament.
Also on this weekend’s episode...an 8-Man Tag. All four members of The Foundation vs. Shane Taylor Promotions - with newly minted member O’Shay Edwards alongside Taylor and the Soldiers of Savagery.
Plus, Rey Horus vs. Fred Yehi.
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