WWE has announced a couple of additions to the lineup for the New Year’s Day episode of SmackDown.
WWE is hyping that Universal Champion Roman Reigns has “made a special request of WWE Management ahead of this week’s SmackDown.” Reigns retained his Universal Championship against Kevin Owens in a steel cage match on SmackDown last week. The steel cage match was announced after Jey Uso got involved throughout Reigns and Owens’ tables, ladders, and chairs match at TLC. Uso again got involved in the steel cage match, handcuffing Owens to the cage so that Reigns could get the win.
“After Roman Reigns retained his Universal Championship by defeating Kevin Owens last week in a brutal Steel Cage Match, sources have now informed WWE.com that The ‘Head of the Table’ has made a special request of WWE Management ahead of this week’s SmackDown,” WWE.com wrote. “The specifics of the request have not yet been disclosed. Details to follow. Don’t miss SmackDown, Friday night at 8/7 C on FOX.”
Sasha Banks & Bianca Belair vs. Bayley & Carmella has also been announced for this week’s SmackDown. Women’s Tag Team Champions Asuka & Charlotte Flair retained their titles against both of those teams in a triple threat elimination match on SmackDown last Friday. Bayley & Carmella were the first team eliminated when Banks pinned Bayley, but Bayley & Carmella then helped cost Banks & Belair the match.
Big E, who won the Intercontinental title from Sami Zayn in a lumberjack match last week, will face Baron Corbin in a non-title match on this Friday’s SmackDown. It had been announced that Seth Rollins would be returning to WWE television on Friday’s show, but that is no longer being advertised by WWE.