Curt Hawkins returns to WWE SmackDown next week

Also, if Heath Slater and Rhyno win the match at Backlash 2016 Slater gets a contract, I imagine this odd couple will win the tourney either due to a exhausted opponent from Usos vs Hype Bros or if Usos advance then shenanigans by American Alpha. Before the Women's Championship Six Pack Challenge at Backlash (which will just be a six-woman elimination match), Bryan scheduled a six-woman tag team match tonight featuring all of the competitors from Sunday's championship match. And might Becky Lynch have something to say about her defeat last week, which was largely due to the antics of Nikki Bella and Carmella outside the ring?

The booking of this week's SmackDown clearly shows that Dean Ambrose will likely retain the WWE World Championship against A.J. Styles.

American Alpha defeated the Usos to advance to the finals of the SmackDown Tag Team Championship tournament on "WWE Backlash", but the Usos turned heel and attacked American Alpha out of frustration, eventually taking them out of the tournament. Last week, Styles tried to intervene in a match between Dean Ambrose and Baron Corbin, but Ambrose was able to strike back and injure Styles, leaving him hanging on the rope in pain as the show went off the air.

Now, Bryan had already made the Intercontinental Championship match official at Backlash between Ziggler and the Miz.

The Miz is one of the most interesting characters in WWE at the moment, and there's no reason to have him lose the belt to Ziggler. Miz shoved Crews into the ringpost, then hit the Skull Crushing Finale for the pin.

It's become clear that WWE doesn't believe Wyatt needs many wins to remain one of the top stars on SmackDown. It could be argued that Natalya, Alexa Bliss, and Carmella need this win more than the other team. Carmella takes advantage to lock in the Code of Silence on the surgically repaired neck of Nikki Bella to submit the longest-reigning Divas Champion of all time. The Usos by Chad Gable pinning Jimmy Uso with Grand Amplitude to advance to the Finals. It was the Gore from Rhyno which sealed the win for his team and they now find themselves just a win away from SmackDown Live contract and Tag Team title.

- Fandango appears in the ring and auditions women to dance with.

This led the brothers to snap on Alpha, where they would throw Jason Jordan hard into the ring post shoulder first while they would attack Chad Gable.

Slater and Rhyno joined forces before the tag tournament began. That means The Usos will fight the Hype Bros in a semifinal match at Backlash, with the victor going on to face Slater & Rhyno for the titles.

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