WWE SmackDown episode of January 20, 2023, will be the second last episode before Royal Rumble 2023 and will feature a contract signing segment for a match at the event.
Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens will sit down in the ring to sign a contract for Royal rumble match. The first match of SmackDown Tag Team Tournament will also take place on the show. Check below for the complete preview and match card for WWE SmackDown January 20, 2023 episode.
Royal Rumble Contract Signing
Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens are set to collide at Royal Rumble where The Tribal Chief will defend his Undisputed Universal Championship. To make that match official, Owens and Reigns will sit down for sign the contract this week on SmackDown. As it has become a clique that these contract-signing segments usually end up with turning into a brawl. Will it be the case once again? What will be the progression in Sami Zayn’s storyline?
Banger Bros vs Viking Raiders
Sheamus and Drew McIntyre were attacked by The Viking Raiders after they were defeated by the Usos two weeks back on SmackDown. They went to Adam Pearce with Sheamus asking for a rematch againsst The Usos while Drew asking for a match against The Viking Raiders. Pearce then announced that a tag team tournament where the winner will become the #1 contender for SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
With this setup, they hit two birds with one stone. McIntyre & Sheamus will face The Viking Raiders in the first round. And if they succeed to win the tournament, they get another shot at The Usos. Will they be successfull or will The Viking Raiders play spoilsports?
What More To Expect?
Sonya Deville relentlessly attacked Charlotte Flair after being denied a rematch for SmackDown Women’s Championship. Will we see Flair and Deville clash again this week?
Gunther successfully defended the Intercontinental Championship last week. Will we see a new challenger emerge now?
Liv Morgan suffered a defeat to Raquel Rodriguez last week. Has this rivalry ended or will we see more this week also?
Who else will announce for men and women Royal Rumble matches?