WWE's 2017 year is in the books and the groundwork for 2018 begins tomorrow night. Monday Night RAW will be the first WWE program of the new year, and SmackDown Live will follow the very next night.
The Tuesday night show is fronted by WWE Champion AJ Styles and his first match of 2018 has already been set. WWE has announced that Styles, in a non-title match, will be taking on Sami Zayn on SmackDown Live.
Last week Styles took on Kevin Owens on SmackDown Live and "KO" was able to get the win via rollup pin thanks to a distraction from Zayn. Now "The Phenomenal One" has his shot at vengeance against Zayn this Tuesday.
This match joins two already confirmed matches for the show as well; including a Tag Team Title match between The Usos vs. Chad Gable and Shelton Benjamin, as well as Xavier Woods taking on Aiden English in the first round of the United States Title tournament:
Styles has been WWE Champion since this past November when he defeated Jinder Mahal on a taped episode of SmackDown Live while the company was touring Europe. He is currently in his second reign as WWE Champ and his WrestleMania opponent has yet to be confirmed.
With rumors running rampant regarding the possible match-ups for Superstars at WrestleMania 34, one leading speculation is that Styles could be defending his title against John Cena at "The Show Of Shows."
It would be fitting given that Cena has the opportunity to break the all-time World Title win record with a potential 17th victory. He is currently tied with Ric Flair for the most World Title victories in history at 16.
Cena has also been linked to rumors of a potential match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania, however, WWE's plans for Styles and Cena should be made clear in the next few weeks.
What are your thoughts on Styles facing off against Sami Zayn on the first episode of SmackDown Live of 2018? Do you think that the two will put on a good match inside the squared circle? And how excited are you for AJ Styles 2018 run as WWE Champion? Will he hold onto the title through WrestleMania? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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