WWE SmackDown is continuing its road to WWE SummerSlam 2023, which already has a plethora of rumored blockbuster matches. On this week’s episode of WWE SmackDown, Rey Mysterio, Sheamus, Cameron Grimes, and LA Knight will battle in a fatal four-way U.S. Title Invitational #1C Match. The winner will battle Santos Escobar next week. In terms of segments, Jey Uso had a memorable segment with Paul Heyman and Solo Sikoa last week, and Roman Reigns will now return to address Jey Uso and their rumored main event title match for SummerSlam.
In other news regarding WWE SmackDown, Asuka retained her title against Bianca Belair due to interferences from Charlotte Flair and Damage Control. It seems that WWE is inevitably building up to the rumored triple-threat title match between Asuka, Belair, and Charlotte. Bayley and Pretty Deadly both picked up injuries last week despite their victories over Zelina Vega and Brawling Brutes respectively. Santos Escobar won the other fatal four-way U.S. Title Invitational #1C Match and will battle the winner of this week’s fatal four-way U.S. Title Invitational #1C Match.
Speaking of which, the following will focus on the idea of LA Knight becoming champion soon on the road to WWE SummerSlam 2023.
WWE SmackDown is scheduled to take place on July 21, 2023, live on FS1, and LA Knight will be champion sooner than you think.
Rey Mysterio vs. Sheamus vs. Cameron Grimes vs. LA Knight [Fatal Four U.S. Title Invitational #1C Match]
LA Knight will undoubtedly win this fatal four-way match and battle Santos Escobar next week to put an end to their feud before moving to championship gold against Austin Theory.
Quite ironically, the most popular pick and the current betting fan favorite for this year’s MITB was actually one of those superstars who got absolutely no world title shots on the main roster and his name was LA Knight. He was the classic example of someone who was trending and getting over for his meme-like catchphrases rather than his pro wrestling skills and long-term storytelling abilities. To be a world champion, a superstar needs those diversified, multifaceted attributes. Unfortunately, for LA Knight, his gimmick was one-dimensional and had a short shelf life.
If the WWE and its fans truly face the facts of life here, LA Knight has not done one compelling story since he arrived on the main roster. His feud with Bray Wyatt was eminently boring and uneventful to the point that the fans are still waiting on the reveal of Uncle Howdy. LA Knight was not even booked well enough to have a match or segment at WrestleMania, yet the fans were pushing for him to be Mr. MITB and future world champion. Instead, they should build him up as a mid-card champion before taking this massive leap within the grand scheme of hotshot booking.
It is much better to see him prove himself as a U.S. Champion in WWE territory before entering the main event scene. At the end of the day, of course, it is beneficial to strike while the iron is hot once a superstar resonates with the crowd, and WWE can still do that for him in the mid-card. However, it should not be done under the circumstances of a knee-jerk main event title shot for someone who has not been built with enough momentum and credibility for such a feat. It will only lead to his downfall, and such a move can be pernicious for the future of pro wrestling.
This will be the perfect consolation prize for LA Knight, and he can solidify his babyface turn with a huge title win over Austin Theory, whose title reign has gone stale lately.
Prediction: LA Knight
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