11/01 WWE Smackdown Live Pre-Show coverage

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-American Alpha vs. Spirit Squad in a qualifying match for Team Smackdown at Survivor Series was hyped.

-Scott Stanford, Lita, Booker T, and Jerry Lawler hosted the show from the WWE studios in Stamford, Connecticut. They discussed James Ellsworth and Dean Ambrose, as well as the Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss feud. Lawler said Naomi is waiting to face the winner of their title match in Glasgow.

-The hosts discussed The Hype Bros qualifying for Team Smackdown at Survivor Series. Booker asked if he could call them The Hype Brothers. Lita said Daniel Bryan calls them that and he’s wrong. Booker acted lukewarm on the Hype Bros. Stanford noted there are three spots left on Team Smackdown. Booker said the entire Smackdown tag division needs to step up.

-Footage aired from New Day’s Raw promo about Team Smackdown.

-The hosts questioned whether the “new era” women would clash with Team Smackdown women’s team captain Nikki Bella. Booker said Becky Lynch may not be the captain, but she’s on a great team. Lawler said Nikki needs to have her mortal enemy Carmella on the team. Lita said there are women in NXT who are ready to go. Booker mentioned Ember Moon came out of his school. Lawler questioned whether the NXT women are eligible given that they’re not on the Smackdown roster. Booker plugged his school.

-The Usos vs. The Headbangers in a qualifying match for the Survivor Series team was announced for Smackdown.

-Backstage at Smackdown, Dasha Fuentes said things are tense because people are waiting to see how “Team Blue” will play out. She said Curt Hawkins claimed he needed to be on the team because it’s the only stage worthy of his debut. She noted that James Ellsworth is in the building and people are concerned for his safety given that he cost Dean Ambrose a title shot last week.

-Randy Orton turning on Kane and saying “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” regarding the Wyatt Family was discussed. Stanford questioned if it’s a ploy by Orton to infiltrate the Wyatts. Booker said Orton’s eyes are black and scary now. Stanford brought up the idea of Kane joining the Wyatts too.

-The hosts made their picks for who would make the biggest impact to close the show. Lita picked Daniel Bryan, Booker picked Orton, and Lawler said he’d be watching Smackdown on one screen and the Cleveland Indians win the World Series on the other.

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