The final episode of SmackDown Live before Hell In A Cell takes place tomorrow night and already the show is shaping up to be an impressive final stop on the road to the most violent pay-per-view of the year.
General Manager Paige announced earlier today that Jeff Hardy vs Shinsuke Nakamura would kick off tomorrow’s show after months of the two men going back and forth on Social Media and surrounding the United States Championship.
— #BrotherNero DELETED (@JEFFHARDYBRAND) September 8, 2018
Nakamura took the United States Championship from Hardy back at Extreme Rules before Randy Orton made his return to the brand and attacked The Charismatic Enigma. Orton and Hardy will now collide inside Hell In A Cell on Sunday night but first, he must find a way past the United States Champion on SmackDown.
A good “soul-cleansing” is nice every now and again. So I’ll give you that opportunity….
Jeff Hardy vs. @ShinsukeN tomorrow on #SDLive. And that will be the FIRST MATCH of the show. https://t.co/8F8EvXsZcJ
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) September 10, 2018
Other matches that have already been announced for the blockbuster episode of SmackDown include Brie Bella vs Maryse, who will also face off at Hell In A Cell alongside Daniel Bryan and The Miz, R-Truth takes on Andrade “Cien” Almas following his win over The Miz last week and Charlotte vs Sonya Deville in a non-title match.
The finals of the Tag Team Championship tournament will also take place on SmackDown Live this week as well since The Bar take on Rusev Day with the winner going on to face The New Day for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship at Hell In A Cell.
It is looking like a blockbuster show ahead of Hell In A Cell this weekend and since SmackDown has been seen as The B-Show for a number of years, it now looks as though the brand has stepped up their game under Paige and could be seen as legitimate competition to RAW this week.