This week’s episode of WWE Smackdown Live saw the addition of yet another WrestleMania 35 title match, as Alexa Bliss made a surprise appearance on the blue brand to announce that on Sunday The Usos will defend the Smackdown Tag Team Titles in a Fatal Four Way match against Aleister Black and Ricochet, The Bar and Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura.
The tag title match announcement brings the WrestleMania 35 card to a whopping 15 matches, however, one of the PPV bouts is in jeopardy of not taking place due to injury.
WWE.com has announced that Rey Mysterio suffered an ankle injury during his match against Baron Corbin on Raw this week, and as a result Mysterio was unable to compete in his scheduled match against Andrade on Smackdown Live this week.
“Rey Mysterio suffered an ankle injury, WWE.com has learned,” reads the WWE announcement. “The injury was sustained at the hands of Baron Corbin, during their match on Raw Monday night when Mysterio was standing up for his friend, Kurt Angle.
“Because of the injury, Mysterio was forced out of his previously scheduled match with Andrade on SmackDown LIVE. Mysterio will continue to be evaluated as WrestleMania draws closer.
“Stay tuned to WWE digital platforms for more updates on Rey Mysterio as they become available.”
Additionally, the WWE report notes Mysterio’s injury is being further evaluated this week and as of this writing his WrestleMania status is up in the air.
WWE also released a backstage video featuring Mysterio’s WrestleMania opponent, United States Champion Samoa Joe, weighing-in on Mysterio’s injury and claiming the timing of the injury is “highly suspicious” given he is set to face Joe in just 5 days.
Following tonight’s episode of WWE Smackdown Live, below is the updated and likely final card for WrestleMania 35 taking place this Sunday at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
-Elias will perform and Alexa Bliss will host the event.
WWE Universal Championship Match:
-Brock Lesnar (c) vs Seth Rollins
WWE Championship Match:
-Daniel Bryan (c) vs Kofi Kingston
WWE Raw and Smackdown Women’s Championship Triple Threat Match:
-Ronda Rousey (c) vs Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair (c)
No Holds Barred Match, with Triple H’s career on the line:
-Batista vs Triple H
-The Miz vs Shane McMahon
-Roman Reigns vs Drew McIntyre
-AJ Styles vs Randy Orton
WWE Intercontinental Championship Match:
-Bobby Lashley (c) vs The Demon Finn Balor
WWE United States Championship Match:
-Samoa Joe (c) vs Rey Mysterio
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Fatal Four Way Match:
-Bayley and Sasha Banks (c’s) vs Beth Phoenix and Natalya vs Nia Jax and Tamina vs The IIconics
-Kurt Angle vs Baron Corbin in Angle’s final WWE match
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Match:
-Buddy Murphy (c) vs Tony Nese
WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship Fatal Four Way Match:
-The Uso’s (c’s) vs The Bar vs Aleister Black and Ricochet vs Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura
Kickoff Show Matches:
-The Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal match featuring Braun Strowman, Colin Jost, Michael Che, and more participants TBA.
-The Women’s Battle Royal Match