WWE Friday Night SmackDown Preview (8/21/2020)

WWE Smackdown Preview (8/21) – Styles vs. Hardy, Two More Matches Set for Tonight

WWE runs the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida this evening for the WWE SummerSlam 2020 “go-home” episode of Friday Night SmackDown tonight.

As noted, tonight’s show is scheduled to feature the official launch of the new WWE ThunderDome virtual fan experience (WATCH SPOILER VIDEO HERE).

Featured below is the official WWE website preview for tonight’s Friday Night SmackDown, the last show before Sunday’s SummerSlam PPV:

AJ Styles and Jeff Hardy set for championship clash in WWE ThunderDome

Is “The Face that Runs the Place” ready to make the ‘dome his home?

A high-stakes match highlights Friday Night SmackDown’s WWE ThunderDome debut as AJ Styles will look to defend his Intercontinental Championship against Jeff Hardy.

Last week, Styles presented his own Phenomenal Intercontinental Statistic System that helped the champion crunch the numbers and was not so surprisingly unable to find a Superstar worthy of a title opportunity. The Charismatic Enigma emphatically stated his own case with Styles and left his mark on The Phenomenal One’s whiteboard presentation. The showdown between two of WWE’s most talented competitors promises to be a must-see match, and you can write that in permanent marker.

Will Hardy humble the outspoken champion? Or will Styles continue his back up his statistical model with a real-life statement?

Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at 8/7 C to see the title clash between Styles and Hardy.

Braun Strowman out to deliver one final message before SummerSlam

Braun Strowman walked into the Wyatt Swamp Fight hoping to bury his past but walked out by unearthing The Monster.

The Universal Champion will face “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt for the title at SummerSlam, but it’s clear that Strowman’s encounters with “The Fiend” have already drastically changed him.

Since Strowman’s return from the swamp, his deranged spiral has been on full display. An incensed Strowman returned to the SmackDown ring last week and urged Wyatt to approach the evil giant and come face his fears. Instead, Alexa Bliss entered hoping to talk and then slap some sense into her friend and former Mixed Match Challenge partner. An unhinged Strowman answered her pleas by raising Bliss above his head until finally enticing a response from Wyatt.

With SummerSlam just days away, who will find themselves in Strowman’s path of destruction this week?

Lucha House Party look to dethrone Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro in SmackDown Tag Team Title Match

Life has been good to Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro as SmackDown Tag Team Champions, but Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado are intent on crashing that party.

Lucha House Party will aim to shut down the “Champion’s Lounge” when they challenge Nakamura & Cesaro for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles. The tandems have gone back in forth in singles action in the past two weeks as Cesaro first crushed Lince Dorado, and Gran Metalik then walked the ropes to a win against The King of Strong Style. The King of the Ropes was aided by the surprising return of Kalisto who neutralized The Swiss Cyborg outside the ring.

Will Lucha House Party finally get their hands on the titles? Or will Nakamura & Cesaro be toasting another victory?

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

Big E looks to pay back Sheamus in latest Singles challenge

Big E has dreams of climbing to WWE’s mountaintop, and Sheamus loves nothing more than to crush a good dream.

The New Day powerhouse will face The Celtic Warrior in the WWE ThunderDome, as Big E looks to continue a strong start to his Singles run. Big E forced both John Morrison & The Miz to tap out in his last matches, as the ultimate teammate showed off his complete skillset. Following that win over Morrison, Sheamus came calling and delivered an earth-shattering Brogue Kick to Big E.

Can Big E keep his dream alive against Sheamus? Or will The Celtic Warrior have his opponent rethinking his decision to go it alone?

Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at 8/7 C to see the massive clash between Big E and Sheamus.

Watch exclusive spoiler video footage and high-quality close-up photos of the WWE ThunderDome virtual fan experience test run that took place on Thursday for the launch of the new state-of-the-art technology on tonight’s WWE SummerSlam “go-home” episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown by CLICKING HERE.

Additionally, you can check out spoiler photos of the WWE ThunderDome virtual fan experience being constructed ahead of the test run inside the host venue of SmackDown, as well as NXT TakeOver XXX and SummerSlam — the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida — by CLICKING HERE.

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