WWE Smackdown Live Open Discussion Thread 5/7/19


Tonight, on the With Spandex WWE Smackdown Live open discussion thread:

Last Tuesday, The Hardy Boyz were forced to relinquish the Smackdown Tag Team Championship after it was revealed that Jeff Hardy would be undergoing surgery for a knee injury that was made worse at the hands of the monstrous Lars Sullivan. The wait for new champions, however, will not be a long one, as Shane McMahon will crown new titleholders this week. Who will be the next duo to hold the Smackdown Tag Team Titles? Find out on SmackDown LIVE this Tuesday at 8/7 C on USA Network! (via

Our five-point preview:

1. There’s a new “wild card” rule in play, which you can read all about in this week’s Best and Worst of Raw. Warning: it’s dumb, and even they don’t understand it.

2. Shane McMahon will announce new tag team champions, so it’s either the B-Team (for helping him out), or himself and like, Stephanie. Sorry, I know Smackdown’s usually pretty good, Raw’s just still getting to me.

3. Ali vs. Andrade is happening, and I would not be mad if it was the entire first half hour of the show.

4. Also booked: Bayley, Ember Moon, and Carmella vs. Charlotte Flair, Sonya Deville, and Mandy Rose. See how easy it is to book and announce matches before the show starts, so you don’t have to dedicate most of your show to the minutiae of booking and announcing?