Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterMarch 7, 2017

Following Raw’s lead, WWE SmackDown is set to make definitive strides toward WrestleMania.

Tuesday’s show is bound to clear up a number of championship pictures ahead of the April 2 pay-per-view. Who will challenge for the SmackDown women’s title at The Showcase of the Immortals? Who will step up to American Alpha with tag team gold in their sights?

AJ Styles will fight Randy Orton to determine the new No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship Bray Wyatt has in his possession.

Indianapolis will host a show sure to lay a number of bricks as the construction of the WrestleMania card continues. Will Wyatt have an ally back in his corner in time for the event? Is the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal field going to begin forming? 

Backstage news, the SmackDown preview on and storyline analysis help provide answers to those questions ahead of Tuesday’s show, which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on the USA Network.


News, Potential Spoilers

The Wyatt Family story may get more complicated with the arrival of Erick Rowan. The big man has been out for months due to a shoulder injury, but Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet reported, “Rowan‘s been cleared to return.”

Luke Harper and Orton have both broken away from Wyatt recently, but Rowan could give the WWE champ another ally in his corner.

There’s little chance that Jack Swagger shows up on Tuesday’s SmackDown. He may in fact be headed out of the company.

There is some confusion surrounding the situation, however. As Dave Meltzer wrote on Figure Four Online, WWE contends that Swagger is still under contract despite the former world champion revealing on the Beyond the Fight podcast that he has been released.

And while WWE says Swagger is still with the company, Titus O’Neil and others have said goodbye anyway:

Swagger would have been a candidate to join the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal field. SmackDown may have to seek other representation instead.


SmackDown Streaks

Although Harper has been in a prominent spot on SmackDown of late, he has no victories to show for it.

Styles outlasted him last Tuesday in a No. 1 Contender’s match. The audience couldn’t have been surprised. Per, Harper has lost six SmackDown bouts in a row. He’s also 0-6 in PPV and TV matches in 2017. 

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