WWE Smackdown Live General Manager Paige did not waste any time after Zelina Vega told AJ Styles earlier that Andrade “Cien” Almas wanted a shot at him.
Shortly after their backstage confrontation, Paige announced that the first match on tonight’s show will be Almas vs. Styles. There was no mention of the WWE Championship being on the line so presumably, this will be a non-title match that could set up a title match at SummerSlam.
And the #WWE Universe won’t have to wait very long BECAUSE…@AJStylesOrg vs. @AndradeCienWWE will be the FIRST match of #SDLive. I’m ready to see this one. #TheFuturevsThePhenomenal https://t.co/G07X77STuC
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) July 17, 2018
The other match scheduled for tonight’s show is a rematch from Extreme Rules. Jeff Hardy will get a chance to reclaim the United States Championship in a match with Shinsuke Nakamura. We’ll see how much Hardy will do in the ring because he has said that his back has been bothering him and he has toned his style down at non-televised events.