Sami Zayn v. Baron Corbin
Two excellent talents that are now on different directions. Sami Zayn is a fan favorite that has yet to catch a break in recent months. When his biggest highlight was lasting 10 mins against Braun Strowman, it is clear that Zayn is struggling at the moment. He certainly has done everything the ring, but the results have yet to come. Corbin is a different story. Since arriving on the scene, he has continued to improve in all facets, proving to be a huge star in the making. These two are capable of putting on an excellent match and could surprise many as the match of the night.
Prediction: Baron Corbin
Like it or not, Corbin has the momentum going into this match. Zayn will likely put up a great effort, fighting off the aggressive Corbin and looking to upset the big man. But Corbin seems destined to compete for the top prize soon. Corbin is looking like a potential opponent for Orton in the coming months, whether by rising up the card or winning his shot at Money in The Bank. As for Zayn, the lovable loser gimmick needs to fade away before he can once again rise back up the card and challenge the top stars like he should be doing.
Shinsuke Nakamura v. Dolph Ziggler
The long awaited arrival of Nakamura has finally come. Ever since his epic collision with Sami Zayn on NXT, the fans of WWE have been waiting for the dream matches between the King of Strong Style and the biggest stars of the WWE. Now that Nakamura has made his way up to the main roster, his first collision is with Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler has transitioned to a brash heel looking to knock off the new talent that are making their way to the main roster. While he mostly overcame Kalisto and Apollo Crews, Nakamura may prove too great a challenge.
Prediction: Shinsuke Nakamura
There should not be a question on this one. Ziggler, while certainly talented, has become little more than a mid-card heel for young faces to overcome. Nakamura has all the world watching to see what he does next. A loss in his first match would be detrimental to the huge star, having already captured the hearts of the massive WWE Universe. A hard-hitting battle between these two will be a solid first entry to what should be an outstanding career.
Naomi, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch v. The Welcoming Committee
Since the arrival of Charlotte, everyone has considered her to be the next Smackdown Women’s Champion. Many consider her to be the best women on the roster with little competition. She even earned herself a title shot within a month of joining the blue brand. With all this momentum someone had to stop her. Enter the Welcoming Committee. Natalya, Carmella, and Tamina are all capable stars who have been overshadowed by the new arrival. They are looking to leave a mark on the division, but Becky Lynch and Naomi are certainly going to do their best to stop them.
Prediction: The Welcoming Committee
The concept of the Welcoming Committee is solid. The Smackdown Women’s division has done well to include the entire division, but the arrival of Charlotte looked to change that fact. If the division is going to remain deep and competitive, they need the Welcoming Committee to come out on top to prove they are on even playing field of the top stars. There is also the possibility of interference from other stars (such as Asuka), so keep an eye on the results of this match.