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WWE SmackDown preview (Sept. 23, 2022): Chasing the Wyatt Rabbit

SmackDown airs tonight (September 23) with a live show from Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the third SmackDown episode during the five-week build-up to Extreme ruleswhich takes place on October 8.

WWE is hunting the Wyatt Rabbit

Bray Wyatt Might Return To WWE Tonight SmackDown.

WWE recently played Jefferson Airplane’s iconic “White Rabbit” to live crowds. Fans have been trying to figure out what it all means.

A new clue during this week Raw be on the lookout for a big reveal on tonight’s show.

No one is sure where this will lead, but the most common guess is that it means Bray Wyatt is back in WWE.

This has all happened so suddenly that it’s possible that another piece of the puzzle will be added tonight instead of Wyatt himself appearing in real life.

Of course, it’s also possible that this has nothing to do with Bray. But now that Braun Strowman and Paige are off the free agent market, it’s hard to think of an available wrestler who can match Wyatt’s star power. And Triple H has shown a clear willingness to bring back several wrestlers fired by Vince McMahon last year.

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In any case, WWE has come up with an interesting tease here, and fans of pro wrestlers seem very excited to jump down this rabbit hole to see how far it goes.

The title scene

WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns makes his “big return” to SmackDown this evening. He hasn’t appeared on the show since then Clash in the castle. He is expected to address his upcoming match at: crown jewel to YouTube star Logan Paul. Roman is confident that he will defeat this fool, and why shouldn’t he?

The Usos will defend the undisputed WWE Tag Team Titles tonight against the Brawling Brutes. Ridge Holland and Butch earned this title by winning a four-way match against Hit Row, Imperium and New Day last week. No one has been able to knock out the champions when it’s over a year, so Sheamus would have to come up with a backhanded plan to overcome the long odds his boys face tonight.

SmackDown Women’s champion Liv Morgan may have a death wish, because she actually requested an Extreme Rules gimmick for her championship rematch with Ronda Rousey on Extreme rules. Either that, or Morgan knows that someone like Charlotte Flair or Shayna Baszler will be waiting to help her defeat Ronda for the third time.

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Intercontinental Champion Gunther has successfully defended his title against Sheamus, Shinsuke Nakamura and Ricochet over the past three months. Will Sheamus get another shot at the title before a new opponent rises to confront the Ring General?

If the ruling and defending Tag team champions ladiesIYO SKY and Dakota Kai may appear on both Raw or SmackDown. On the other hand, just about everyone on the roster is allowed to do that these days, it seems. Shotzi appeared to be babyfaced last week when she saved Raquel Rodriguez from a Damage CTRL beatdown. Is Shotzi’s tank really coming back tonight? What about her last name?

Other things to keep an eye on

– Braun Strowman walked through Maximum Male Models last week, but Otis came out of nowhere and slammed the Monster Among Men. As a result, Otis and Braun have a singles match tonight. This is Braun’s first official match since his return to WWE. Good luck Otis, you’ll need it.

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– Karrion Kross says Drew McIntyre will never escape his circle of pain. If WWE wasn’t a PG product, I’d be tempted to interpret that as some kind of kinky BDSM related threat. In any case, Drew would like to dust off his giant flame-generating sword to fend off the hocus-pocus that Karrion and Scarlett plan to ward off.

– Happy Corbin may have been kidnapped because he got into JBL’s limousine on Sept. 2 and wasn’t seen on Raw or SmackDown ever since. Was it really Dexter Lumis in that limousine?

– Will Ricochet inflict the ire of The Bloodline after he stood up for Logan Paul and defeated Sami Zayn last week?

Solo Sikoa is no longer the NXT North American Champion after Shawn Michaels made a bizarre decision that essentially invalidated his championship win. Does this mean his successful title defense last week? SmackDown against Madcap Moss never happened?

What are you going to look for? SmackDown?

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