May 26, 2023 SmackDown Preview: Turbulent Times for Roman Reigns

WWE SmackDown brings a thrilling night of surprises and showdowns.

by Atia Mukhtar
May 26, 2023 SmackDown Preview: Turbulent Times for Roman Reigns

The final episode of WWE SmackDown is scheduled to unfold tonight (May 26), a pre-taped extravaganza hailing from the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina. This eagerly awaited chapter marks the culmination of a thrilling three-week journey leading up to the Night of Champions, set to launch tomorrow (May 27) in the exotic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

WWE Universe is currently witnessing a turbulent phase in Roman Reigns' reign. The reigning Universal Champion, Reigns, intended to deliver a stern message to Sami Zayn in last week's episode, but his endeavor was thwarted when The Usos blindsided Sami and Kevin Owens.

Visibly frustrated, Reigns had a tense interaction with his cousin Solo Sikoa, eventually ordering The Usos to vacate his office. The humiliation for The Bloodline persisted when The Usos suffered defeat against Rey Mysterio and Santos Escobar in the main event.

Roman Reigns' Redemption: KO Show Showdown

Reigns' displeasure over the recent events is palpable. However, he has a redemption opportunity tonight. He and Sikoa are special guests on The KO Show, where they will face Owens and Zayn.

This showdown serves as a preliminary confrontation before their clash for the WWE tag team titles at Night of Champions. Owens and Zayn might exploit this moment to breed further discord within The Bloodline, emphasizing the Usos' defiance and planting doubts about Reigns' leadership.

Will the Tribal Chief reclaim control and deliver his message successfully, or will internal Bloodline tensions thwart his plans yet again, casting a shadow over his imminent 1000-day championship celebration? Turning to the broader title scene, United States Champion Austin Theory is set to defend his title against Sheamus tonight.

Following a verbal spat and a retaliatory Brogue Kick from Sheamus, will the Pretty Deadly interfere after their recent triumph over the Brawling Brutes? Meanwhile, the WWE Women’s tag team titles are currently vacant due to Liv Morgan's injury.

Raquel Rodriguez, alongside new partner Shotzi, is vying for the titles, facing Bayley and IYO SKY tonight. With Dakota Kai's injury, the narrative around Damage CTRL’s disbandment has become intriguing. The World Heavyweight Championship tournament has boiled down to the ultimate faceoff: AJ Styles versus Seth Rollins at Night of Champions.

As Styles readies for this intense encounter with a tune-up match against Karrion Kross tonight, we can't help but anticipate if Grayson Waller will make a second consecutive appearance to infuriate Styles. While SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley might be in the wrong show, Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair has her hands full as she prepares to defend her title against Asuka at Night of Champions.

Asuka has managed to get under Belair’s skin with her poison mist attack. Belair might just grab the SmackDown mic tonight to counter these tactics. Stay tuned for these captivating developments in the WWE universe!

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