‘WWE SmackDown LIVE’ Preview: Who Will Join The Undertaker In The Royal Rumble Match?

Even if you count The Undertaker as an unofficial member of the SmackDown LIVE roster, the blue brand has only announced seven representatives for the 30-man battle royal at WWE Royal Rumble 2017. Aside from those competing in the main event, the only other SmackDown LIVE superstars competing at WWE’s PPV on Sunday will be John Cena and AJ Styles in the WWE Championship Match.

Royal Rumble 2017: WWE Championship Match

With marquee names like Brock Lesnar, Goldberg, and Seth Rollins having already entered the 2017 Royal Rumble Match as members of Monday Night Raw, SmackDown LIVE has responded with Randy Orton, Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose, and Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal Winner Baron Corbin. Prior to this week’s episode of WWE Raw, there were 12 spots yet to be claimed for the biggest battle royal of the year. Superstars that seem likely to claim some of those spots on this week’s SmackDown LIVE include Apollo Crews, American Alpha, James Ellsworth, Kane and Mojo Rawley.

When The Dead Man announced on Monday Night Raw that he would be entering the Rumble for a chance to headline WrestleMania 33, he also said that “the Undertaker answers to no one,” implying that The Phenom isn’t exclusive to either brand, despite the pep talk that he gave Shane McMahon and company prior to their big match at Survivor Series 2016 against Monday Night Raw.

As of Sunday evening, there were no plans announced for any matches at Royal Rumble 2017 involving anyone from the blue brand’s female division. That being the case, it seems likely that Mickie James and SmackDown Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss will address the WWE Universe regarding last week’s Steel Cage Match and the revelation that James was under the La Luchadora mask. Additionally, after their backstage brawl through the WWE merchandise tables on SmackDown LIVE last week, it seems likely that the feud between Nikki Bella and Natalya will be furthered on Tuesday night.

When SmackDown LIVE ends on the USA Network, 205 Live begins on the WWE Network. If anyone from the Cruiserweight Division is going to enter the Royal Rumble Match, it will likely happen during this week’s episode of 205 Live. The Cruiserweight Championship Match scheduled for Royal Rumble 2017 will almost certainly be addressed, as will the on-going love triangle featuring Noam Dar, Alicia Fox, and Cedric Alexander.