WWE’s trip to Hell (in a Cell) continues in Atlanta tonight (Tues., Sept. 17).
When Kofi Kingston’s latest feud with Randy Orton started, it seemed like a ‘Reality’ Ear no-brainer. To solidify his place on the card, and the history books, Kingston would have to deal with the man who allegedly tried to hold him down ten years ago. At SummerSlam, Kofi and The Viper went to a non-finish that emphasized the animosity between them.
At Clash of Champions, Kingston survived a few RKOs, hit a Trouble In Paradise, and retained the WWE championship. Seems like a good enough place to end the story. There’s plenty of directions we could point fingers, but the bottom line is the program never caught on like many thought it would - as evidenced by the Charlotte, North Carolina crowd cheering for the clear heel and/or the prospect of a title change on a Sunday night.
Messaging like this from the champ seemed to back up the idea we’d be moving on...
Not so fast!Bittersweet feeling tonight at #WWEClash. We came up short, but we also succeeded & around here, we take what we can get. Won’t be long until we’re back at full force. In the meantime, I don’t wanna hear ANYTHING from @RandyOrton anymore! #WeStillChamp
— KOFI (@TrueKofi) September 16, 2019
WWE.com’s official preview for this week’s SmackDown announced a six-man featuring, you guessed it, Kingston & Orton. It involves new SmackDown Tag Team titleholders The Revival, who beat Kofi’s New Day brothers on last weekend’s pay-per-view (PPV) for the belts, and Big E & Xavier Woods, so it could be a way to further or end that rivalry. It could also be setting up another trios match for Oct. 6’s Hell in a Cell for all the titles.
But if they’re going any direction other than wrapping things up here and giving the WWE champ a new challenger, they’ll need to do something to heat Kofi & Randy’s feud up. Way up. And I honestly don’t know what that would be. They’ve already done a lot of worked shoot stuff based on their 2009 program. The Viper and Dash & Dawson have beaten up The New Day in and out of matches for weeks.
WWE’s got quite a few exciting characters and hot matches lined up for next month’s PPV in Sacramento. If this WWE title feud is going to hang with them, SmackDown will have to give it that extra something special tonight.
The title scene
One of those more exciting programs involves SmackDown Women’s champion, Bayley. The Hugster might claim she’s doing it for the kids, but after weeks of chair attacks and cheating to keep her title at Clash, she’s doing such a good job as a heel she’s helping to turn Charlotte Flair in the process.
She and her tag partner Sasha Banks also assisted with Alexa Bliss’ development as a babyface last night on Raw. Bliss and her Women’s Tag champ partner Nikki Cross say they want to face The IIconics again, but they might have more business with Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection after Cross tapped to Banks. Who knows? Maybe Flair & her old friend Becky Lynch get in the mix, too?
With his hype man Sami Zayn at his side, Shinsuke Nakamura and the Intercontinental title seem inseparable. At least if Zayn is going to be run his mouth and run interference until in baits Nak’s rivals into mistakes, like they did to The Miz on Sunday. We’ll see if The A-Lister’s quest to bring prestige back to the IC strap continues, and if Sami’s gift for gab can keep The Artist on our screens every week.
Other stuff to keep an eye on
- Lot of big non-title stuff being touted for tonight, including the coronation of King Corbin. Were a crown and scepter the missing ingredients from a main event act? And will Chad Gable, or any of the other underdog babyfaces from King of the Ring, get a chance to build on the momentum they established tournament against the Lone Wolf?
- We were surprised when he was revealed as not only the man who carried out, but also the planner behind the attacks on Roman Reigns. We were stunned when his old Bludgeon Brothers partner Luke Harper appeared for the first time in months to help him beat The Big Dog at Clash. Will Erick Rowan shock the world when he sits down for an interview tonight? And will it lead to the rumored tag match pitting him & Harper against Reigns & Daniel Bryan at Hell in a Cell?
- Even as referee, Kevin Owens couldn’t keep Shane McMahon from tapping to Gable in the King of the Ring semis. That didn’t stop McMahon from firing KO. While Owens is enjoying his downtime in Florida and teasing his next move, Shane will talk at us tonight about his decision.
It’s the Clash of Champions fallout show!
What will you be looking for on SmackDown LIVE tonight?