WWE Friday Night SmackDown Preview (7/31): Two Big Title Matches Set For Tonight

WWE |By Matt Boone |Fri, July 31, 2020 - 9:18AM EDT
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Preview (7/31/2020)

The WWE blue brand returns this evening as Friday Night SmackDown returns tonight on FOX.

WWE.com released the following preview for tonight's show:

Friday Night SmackDown preview, July 24, 2020: Two major championship matches on tap for SmackDown

AJ Styles and Gran Metalik will meet for the Intercontinental Title, Bayley and Nikki Cross will battle in a SmackDown Women's Championship rematch and more.

AJ Styles to take on Gran Metalik in Intercontinental Championship Match

AJ Styles will face Gran Metalik in a showdown of supremely skilled Superstars for the Intercontinental Championship.

The Phenomenal One watched from the announce table as The King of the Ropes outlasted Lince Dorado, Drew Gulak and Shorty G in last week’s Fatal 4-Way Match to earn the title opportunity. While Styles might have struggled with his pronunciations on commentary, Gran Metalik made sure the champion would remember his name with an emphatic attack on Styles after his victory.

Will a Lucha House Party break out for a new Intercontinental Champion? Or will Styles continue his reign?

Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at 8/7 C to title clash.

Bayley and Nikki Cross set for SmackDown Women’s Championship rematch

Bayley played puppet master to orchestrate her latest SmackDown Women’s Championship defense, but Nikki Cross will look to make her pay for trying to drive a wedge between her and Alexa Bliss. The rivals will meet in a rematch of their controversial title match at The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules.

In the last showdown, Cross seemed on the cusp of a breakthrough, but an assist from Sasha Banks’ Boss rings helped Bayley retain her title with one crushing blow to the ribs. Last week on SmackDown, Bayley was in the giving spirit as she offered a title opportunity to the winner of an impromptu Cross vs. Bliss singles bout. The match created tension among the tag team partners, but Cross was fueled by her desire to get payback.

Will Cross finally topple Bayley from her throne above the blue brand? Or will it be another showcase for “The Golden Role Models”?

Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at 8/7 C to see who comes out victorious.

Naomi looks to send her own message in match against Lacey Evans

Fans have flocked to social media to support Naomi in recent weeks, and now she’ll have a chance to make a statement of her own. Naomi will face Lacey Evans in a hotly contested matchup between two of the blue brand’s best.

The Glow lit up “Miz TV” last week with an impassioned message for the WWE Universe and a sharp slap that left The Sassy Southern Belle disheveled and shocked. The rivalry started after Evans bitterly attacked Naomi following the Karaoke Showdown, and it hit another level after The Sassy Southern Belle tied Naomi’s hair to the ropes in the middle of a match.

Will Naomi start to change the narrative with a win? Or can Evans continue to frustrate her new rival?

Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at 8/7 C to see the showdown.

Otis and Mandy Rose’s love story continues on SmackDown

The Summer of Love comes to SmackDown as Otis and Mandy Rose get set to rekindle their romance. Fresh off their historic Bumpy win for “Best Social Reaction of the Year,” The Workin’ Man Superstar and his lovely peach will be on hand, as the love story continues on the blue brand.

What new memories will SmackDown’s favorite couple create this week?

Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at 8/7 C to see the latest in the blue brand’s love story.

Make sure to join us here tonight at eWrestling.com for LIVE WWE Friday Night SmackDown Results coverage!

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