The Royal Rumble is on hand, and today’s WWE SmackDown is the home edition for the upcoming PPV. WWE has a set of things planned for SmackDown to bridge the gap between now and the highly anticipated pay-per-view opportunity.
A number of NXT superstars have come to Kansas City for the home edition, and Tommaso Ciampa, Io Shirai, Dakota Kai, Roderick Strong and LA Knight are some outstanding names for the series. We’ll have to see if they make the broadcast, if they were called in just for some other reason.
PW Insider‘s behind the scenes notes Ciampa’s presence confirmed at the T-Mobile Center behind the scenes for the show. While it has not been confirmed that the NXT stars are there for their roles in Royal Rumble, they are likely to pick up their dark matches.
Kevin Owens, who worked with Seth Rollins last week banning The Usos from appearing first after Roman Reigns at the Rumble is also behind the scenes for today’s event. His participation in the live show is not guaranteed as he is a red brand Superstar. Yet you never know what might happen around the Royal Rumble.
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