WWE SmackDown episode of April 14, 2023, will continue the build-up towards Backlash 2023 event and will feature a match between LA Knight & Xavier Woods.
Matt Riddle will continue his rivalry against The Bloodline after he helped out Sami Zayn last week. The show will also feature the return of Shinsuke Nakamura, but a match is not announced for him. A lot more action is expected related to Intercontinental and SmackDown Women’s title. Check below for the complete preview and match card for WWE SmackDown April 14, 2023 episode.
Sense of Matt Riddle’s Return
While Matt Riddle made his first appearance in months on RAW last week, his feud with The Bloodline restarted at last week’s SmackDown episode when he saved Sami Zayn from a post-match assault from the Bloodline while Kevin Owens was injured. Riddle’s absence was direct result of Solo Sikoa attacking him and dropping him with Samoan Spike. How determined is Riddle to take revenge for missing the WrestleMania season?
LA Knight vs Xavier Woods
In a rare occasion, LA Knight and Xavier Woods will clash in a rematch within a month. Woods defeated Knight 4 weeks back on SmackDown after he replaced injured Kofi Kingston in a singles match. Knight revitalized their rivalry last week as he took shot at Woods for playing video games. Woods will now try to prove that he can play the game in the ring as well as he plays video games.
Shinsuke Nakamura Returns
Shinsuke Nakamura will also make his first appearance on WWE TV this year as he returns on April 14 episode of SmackDown. WWE has announced any segment or match for him. Rumors are that Nakamura will be presented like the star he was in NXT and on main roster prior to 2018. How will this makeover start?
What Else to Expect?
The Brawling Brutes defeated Imperium in a trios match last week. Will any of them challenge Imperium’s leader Gunther for his Intercontinental Championship once again?
A new #1 contender was found for RAW Women’s Championship. Will we see something similar to happen for SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley?