WWE SmackDown Preview, July 31: AJ Styles Defends Against Gran Metalik, Women’s Championship Rematch

Intercontinental Championship | AJ Styles (c) vs. Gran Metalik

Last week on SmackDown, Gran Metalik defeated Lince Dorado, Drew Gulak and Shorty G in a Fatal 4-Way Match to earn a shot at the Intercontinental Championship. Tonight, The King Of Ropes will challenge AJ Styles for the shiny title in what would be a showdown of supremely skilled Superstars.

Can Metalik score the biggest title victory of his career tonight? Or will Styles extend his reign with another victory over his challenger?

SmackDown Women’s Championship | Bayley (c) vs. Nikki Cross

This past Friday, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross battled each other in an impromptu match to earn a shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship. The impromptu match was actually Bayley’s masterplan to create tension among the tag team partners, but nevertheless, Cross and Bliss fought for the title opportunity and in the end, it was The Best in the Galaxy who came out on top.

Tonight, Bayley will defend the SmackDown Women’s Title against Cross in what would essentially be an Extreme Rules rematch. Will Cross be able to dethrone The Role Model this time around?

Naomi vs. Lacey Evans

Naomi’s return against lacey Evans saw the former SmackDown Women’s Champion suffering a humiliating defeat at the hands of The Lady. The loss birthed the #NaomiDeservesBetter movement on social media as fans demanded that Naomi be booked properly on The Blue Show.

Last week, Naomi cut an impassioned promo on Miz TV followed by a slap on the face of The Sassy Southern Belle. Now that the tensions between Naomi and Evans have boiled over, it’s time for both women to settle the score in the ring.

Otis and Mandy Rose’s love story continues

The Summer Of Love will embrace SmackDown as Otis and Mandy Rose prepare to rekindle their on-screen romance. What memories will the blue brand’s favorite couple create from hereon?