When WWE SmackDown is presented from England for a special episode of the company’s No. 2 show Tuesday night, the fans will be treated to an unique extravaganza in preparation for Survivor Series.
With Raw still fresh in the WWE Universe’s mind, WWE’s live Smackdown will be on an international stage once again and should see much better ratings than it usually does when the taped version airs on Fridays.
There are just two weeks until the WWE puts on one of its top four pay-per-views, so the Tuesday episode of SmackDown will go a long way to ensuring that the fans are buying into the company’s secondary storylines.
Where: LG Arena, Birmingham, England
When: Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Syfy Network
Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio
While neither one of these stars has been all that interesting over the last few months, their feud with each other is working just fine. Now, Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio will square off in a falls count anywhere match on SmackDown Tuesday.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Why give this PPV-quality match away?
The WWE doesn’t go to England very often, but when the company does cross the Atlantic, they love to blow the shows out for the fans. In the case of fan-favorite Orton, what better way to have him reach out to the crowd than by beating up Del Rio amongst the people.
Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 SmackDown main events
As much as Orton and Del Rio have fallen out of favor with many WWE fans, they are still two of the better wrestlers in the company and will put on an amazing show Tuesday night. With the added hardcore element, this match could be much better than people think.
Rumor Mill: RKO push to the main event coming? (RantSports)
The World Title Scene
While Sheamus’ title run was stagnant at best, the loss to the Big Show and the giant's subsequent reign are turning out better than most had expected; the move to put the world title on the heel Big Show now was the right move. Good job, WWE.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: Will Booker T add a stipulation?
With two weeks before Survivor Series, the company will be trying to get the fans behind this title match as much as they can. If SmackDown GM Booker T adds a stipulation to this match, it could help the rest of the WWE Universe that isn’t on board yet get excited.
Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Brogue Kicks
Big Show was never the greatest star in the company, but his heel turn has turned him into a viable threat, and just like Mark Henry, the Big Show is as interesting now as he has ever been over his career. Better late than never, I guess.
WWE News: Big Show teases who he’d like to fight before he retires (WrestleNewz)
Booker T LIVE!
For those that forget Booker T on commentary already, this was a one-man botchfest every time he spoke into the microphone. Now he is the SmackDown GM and the episode will be aired shortly after taping, no more re-shoots; just pure, unfiltered Booker T madness.
Question on Everyone’s Mind: What does Booker T have up his sleeve?
Not only will the fans in England be treated to Booker T brutalizing their native tongue, they will see that the former superstar is a great GM that has no problem making a tag match or two. If you see four WWE superstars in the ring Tuesday, get ready for a straight-up tag team match.
Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 missing commentary voices
As much as Booker has fit right into his new role as the GM, much of the WWE Universe miss his shear madness on the microphone. As a special treat for the live audience and the fans that tune in on Tuesday, Booker T should pull a switch-a-rooni and place himself back at the announcers' table. Shucky, Ducky, Quack, Quack!
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