WWE SmackDown Burning Questions: New brand, new champions?

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The three biggest questions coming out of the Oct. 16 episode of WWE SmackDown.

Between Roman Reigns vs. Jey Uso and Sasha Banks vs. Bayley, WWE SmackDown has the two best rivalries in wrestling right now, which means hype levels are high heading into Hell in a Cell. And after a huge feud for Seth Rollins later this Fall was teased, the Blue Brand still looks like the show to watch.

Here are three burning questions coming off Friday night’s episode.

1. Will the Street Profits lose the WWE SmackDown Tag Titles to Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode?

In an awesome moment on the second night of the draft, the New Day and Street Profits swapped titles, since they were headed to opposite brands. Now the SmackDown Tag Team Champions, the Street Profits have accomplished the novel feat of having won the tag titles on all three brands.

However, they lost by disqualification against another new tag team on SmackDown, Robert Roode and Dolph Ziggler. Roode made his return recently, challenging Drew McIntyre in a WWE Title match in Raw’s main event.

Ziggler and Roode are an excellent tag team, and the Street Profits have held the title for some months. Connect the dots. It looks like we could have new tag champions at Hell in a Cell to kick off new stories in the SmackDown Tag Team Division.

2. Who will Seth Rollins face at Hell in a Cell?

Seth Rollins is still mired in the Murphy and Mysterio Family storyline on SmackDown, as all the wrestlers involved in this story were traded to the Blue Brand from Raw. But after Friday night’s show, a Rollins vs. Daniel Bryan rivalry is all anyone can talk about. That is the definition of a dream feud for so many fans.

That said, we will have to wait to get there. The question is, who will Rollins face at Hell in a Cell? Will it be Dominik? A returning Rey? Murphy?

My money is on Murphy, but what if we get Murphy vs. Dominik instead? There are so many possibilities, and it looks like we will have to wait until the last minute – meaning, the episode of SmackDown before the Pay Per View – to find out.

3. What will Sasha Banks and Bayley do on the WWE SmackDown before Hell in a Cell?

This past week’s Sasha Banks and Bayley segment was awesome. You know, as per usual. Contract signings are usually a “no” from me, but this contract signing was different. No tables were thrown and the like. Instead, we got an amazing promo from Sasha and a clever response from Bayley, who didn’t sign the contract at all for a Hell in a Cell match.

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That sets up a bigger confrontation for the final episode of SmackDown before Hell in a Cell, and I can’t wait to see what these two GOATs have in store for us. There are so many ways they could add more hype for this match, and we know how good they are at brawling. Remember those backstage confrontations in 2018 the first time we thought we were getting a Sasha vs. Bayley feud on the main roster? Multiply that by 10, and I think that’s what we’re getting next Friday.