SmackDown Tag Team Championship Match: Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro (c) vs. Heavy Machinery
SmackDown has been dealing with an issue that seems fairly common in WWE when it comes to tag divisions that lack depth. Fortunately, we’ve seen Otis back in action as of late and Tucker alongside him, so we might finally have some challengers on the horizon.
Nakamura and Cesaro have remained strong since capturing the titles from The New Day back at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules. It’s worth remembering that Otis is still Mr. Money in the Bank, but I doubt he’s interested in cashing that contract in just yet with the terrifyingly dominant Roman Reigns back in control as Universal Champion.
Instead, it’s time for Heavy Machinery to put their attention back on the tag team division. While they’ve seen relative success at various points, they’ve yet to capture championship gold as a tag team, and this could finally be their moment to make that happen.
Raw Women’s Championship Match: Asuka (c) vs. Mickie James
While she wasn’t able to walk out as a double champion, Asuka did leave WWE SummerSlam 2020 as the Raw Women’s Champion after defeating Sasha Banks and winning back the title she’d lost to try and help Kairi Sane. While Sane is gone, Asuka remains and seems ready as ever to face any and all potential challengers.
This week on WWE Raw, she was interrupted by Mickie James and we got the first indication of a potential callback to one of NXT’s most iconic and surprising championship matches. Natalya and Lana tried to interrupt Mickie’s moment, but James defeated Lana. A win over Natalya in the next few weeks on WWE Raw could definitely put her in line for this title shot.
This wouldn’t just be a great matchup between James and Asuka, but a callback to their epic clash for the NXT Women’s Championship at NXT TakeOver: Toronto in 2016. That was the night Mickie James made her return to WWE after being gone for several years, though she was unable to get the win over “The Empress of Tomorrow.”