WWE announce two big matches for SmacDown LIVE - including a title match

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The brand war between Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live may be ongoing, but that hasn't stopped a little bit of promotion during the competition's broadcasts.

During a rather lackluster Raw, SmackDown Live managed to promote two bouts for tonight's episode that are of pay-per-view quality.

Many fans feel like the blue brand has actually been eclipsing the flagship show since the split back in July and the TV ratings suggest the two are neck and neck.


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Even though Raw has to compete with the NFL on Monday nights, it appears as though fans find the two hours of SmackDown Live far more digestible than the sometimes slog of Raw.

Viewers of that opinion are in for a treat this Tuesday, too.

The WWE announced that the Miz will defend his WWE Intercontinental Championship against Dolph Ziggler in a rematch from Backlash, where the Miz was able to win with the help of Maryse.

It was also announced that John Cena will take on Dean Ambrose. Both superstars are involved in the main event of WWE No Mercy next month, in a triple threat match for AJ Styles’ WWE World Championship.

Cena is obviously cramming in all the quality matches he can before he goes on his latest hiatus to film the second series of his reality TV show 'American Grit' in October.

It would be pretty strange if Cena or Ziggler won their matches tonight, but even if they do, there is plenty of intrigue moving forward from these bouts.

Taking the Intercontinental belt from The Miz when he is red-hot would make no sense, and if Cena is departing, trampling over one of the likely main contenders for the WWE title in his absence wouldn't be productive either.

Either way, they are two matches well worth tuning in for.

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