WWE officials have big plans for Bobby Roode’s first feud on SmackDown.
The former NXT Champion has only been on the WWE's main roster for two weeks, and he's already one of the biggest fan favorites on SmackDown Live. WWE is slowly but surely gearing up for their next PPV (pay-per-view) event. Every since the SummerSlam PPV, WWE has been slowly but surely building up feuds on SmackDown Live for Hell in a Cell.
Although WWE’s next pay-per-view event takes place next month, it’s a Raw exclusive show (No Mercy) that will be headlined by Brock Lesnar defending the WWE Universal Title against Braun Strowman. On the SmackDown front, they will have to wait a month.
The Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event takes place on October 8th, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan at the Little Caesars Arena and will air on the WWE Network and some traditional pay-per-view outlets. This will be an exclusive SmackDown Live brand event.
As seen two weeks ago on SmackDown in Brooklyn, NY at the Barclays Center, the former NXT Champion made his main roster debut. He defeated Aiden English in a singles match. Roode, who lost the NXT Championship to Drew McIntyre at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III, had been rumored to be called up to the main roster since he lost at the special.
It was first reported by Dave Meltzer that Roode might be moved into John Cena’s slot as a top babyface on SmackDown Live. At first, there was speculation that Roode would be moved into the place of Baron Corbin as one of the top heels on the blue brand. However, as of this writing, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Dolph Ziggler returned to WWE television on that same episode of SmackDown Live by cutting a backstage promo. Dirty Sheets is reporting that Ziggler looks set to fulfill the same role he did for Shinsuke Nakamura, that being, looking up at the lights to establish SmackDown’s new babyface star.
Original plans called for Ziggler to remain off of TV and for Rusev to feud with Roode. WWE originally had Rusev beating Randy Orton at the SummerSlam pay-per-view event and move onto putting over Roode. However, plans changed, and WWE booked Orton to score a quick victory over Rusev at the event. Rusev is less than happy with how he is being used by the company, which could be a key reason behind Ziggler returning to TV.
So there you have it, Ziggler is set to feud with Roode while Rusev and Orton will keep their rivalry going. WWE will likely book these matches at the Hell in a Cell PPV.
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