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WWE SmackDown Preview (5/17/24)

It’s almost time for WWE SmackDown.

Tonight’s episode emanates from the Vystar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, FL.

WWE has already announced a couple of matches and segments for the upcoming episode of SmackDown.

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Jade Cargill vs. Nia Jax – Queen of the Ring Quarterfinals

Jade Cargill defeated Piper Niven in the Queen of the Ring first-round match-up last week on WWE SmackDown. The same night saw former RAW superstar Nia Jax advance to the next round through her defeat of Naomi.

The two powerhouses collide tonight in the QOTR quarterfinals. Nia might be looking to get back at Jade for the embarrassment she suffered at her hands during the 2024 Women’s Royal Rumble match.

Who will advance to the next round? We’ll find out tonight.

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Tiffany Stratton vs. Bianca Belair – Queen of the Ring Quarterfinals on WWE SmackDown

This match has been in the making for months. The feud was first teased when Tiffany Stratton signed her contract with the blue brand months ago. The two women would cross paths at the Royal Rumble, Elimination Chamber, and on a previous episode of SmackDown.

Tonight, they go one-on-one for the first time. Can Tiffany continue her explosive momentum, or will Bianca stop “Tiffy Time” en route to Saudi Arabia? Tune into WWE SmackDown to find out.

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LA Knight vs. Tama Tonga – King of the Ring Quarterfinals

Roman Reigns’ absence has led to the emergence of a rogue Bloodline on SmackDown. Tama Tonga revealed himself as the new member of this vicious group on the first WWE SmackDown after WrestleMania XL. His brother Tonga Loa would join the mix at Backlash France.

Tonight, Tama goes up against a fan favorite in LA Knight. Both men have already scored picked up the wins in the first-round matches. Knight put away Santos Escobar. Tama, meanwhile, had a little help from The Bloodline against Angelo Dawkins.

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Randy Orton vs. Carmelo Hayes – King of the Ring Quarterfinals

Carmelo Hayes became exclusive to SmackDown following the 2024 WWE Draft. The former NXT Champion may have rubbed Bobby Lashley the wrong way, but there’s no denying his in-ring capabilities. Melo moved to the KOTR quarterfinals following his win over Baron Corbin last week.

Randy Orton, meanwhile, punched his ticket to the next round by beating AJ Styles in a solid match. Tonight, the Viper gets SmackDown’s latest sensation in their scheduled one-on-one match-up.

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Cody Rhodes & Logan Paul sign their match contract on WWE SmackDown

Logan Paul introduced himself as Cody Rhodes’ opponent last week on WWE SmackDown. It’s obvious the Saudis want this match to happen at King and Queen of the Ring. Paul has always been massively over with the Kingdom audience. He was in the main event of Crown Jewel against Roman Reigns just two years ago.

The United States Champion puts pen to paper when he comes face-to-face with the American Nightmare tonight on WWE SmackDown. If Cody wins next Saturday, he’ll become a WWE Grand Slam. But tonight, the Undisputed WWE Champion just needs to sign the contract to make the match official.

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