WWE SmackDown is finalizing its road to WWE Royal Rumble 2024, which is shaping up with some top candidates like CM Punk and Bayley to be potential Rumble winners this year. On this week’s episode of WWE SmackDown, three matches are officially scheduled: LA Knight vs. Solo Sikoa, Carmelo Hayes vs. Austin Theory, KC^2 (c) vs. Kabuki Warriors for the Women's Tag Team Titles, and Carlito vs. Santos Escobar. In terms of segments, Bobby Lashley & Street Profits (a.k.a. Pride) and Karrion Kross & AOP (a.k.a. The Final Testament) will have a face-off.
In other news regarding WWE SmackDown, Roman Reigns is scheduled to defend his World Title against Randy Orton, AJ Styles, and LA Knight in a Fatal Four Way Match at the Royal Rumble. Logan Paul is scheduled to defend his United States Championship against the winner of the #1C Tournament, Kevin Owens, at the Royal Rumble. Pete Dunne and Tyler Bate are in a dream team that will become a huge threat in the tag team division. Karrion Kross and AOP are a newly created faction, who are ready to go to war with Bobby Lashley and Street Profits.
With that being said, the following will focus on the announced matches for WWE SmackDown and the idea of Andrade helping Santos Escobar on the road to WWE Royal Rumble 2024.
Carlito vs. Santos Escobar [Grudge Match]
Santos Escobar will defeat Carlito because Andrade will return and help Santos Escobar win this match to get revenge on Rey Mysterio as well as Zelina Vega, who left him high and dry in storyline since he last was in WWE. It is the perfect spot for Andrade to return one day before the Rumble.
Prediction: Santos Escobar
KC^2 (c) vs. Kabuki Warriors [Women's Tag Team Titles]
Kabuki Warriors will defeat KC^2 to become the new Women's Tag Team Chamions because they were always the biggest threat to KC^2's transitional title reign. Damage Control have aspirations to win all the gold and that includes the tag titles. They will walk into Mania with said gold.
Carmelo Hayes vs. Austin Theory [Grudge Match]
Carmelo Hayes will defeat Austin Theory because Theory is just a tag team guy who can eat singles losses quite feasibly whilst Hayes needs to make a statement on the main roster with a definitive victory over a former U.S. Champion and MITB Winner. He just can't miss. It's as simple as that.
Prediction: Carmelo Hayes
LA Knight vs. Solo Sikoa [Main Event]
LA Knight will defeat Solo Sikoa because he cannot lose any matches as a title contender before his Fatal 4 Way World Title Match against Roman Reigns, AJ Styles, and Randy Orton. In order to remain a credible contender, he will win, whether it's by pinfall, submission, disqualification, or count-out.
Prediction: LA Knight
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