Smackdown Live Preview & Discussion: Shane’s Got Big Mania News, Asuka Comes To SD Live, More

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Tonight’s Smackdown Live takes place from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.

WWE has shared the following Quick Hits preview points on WWE.com ahead of tonight’s episode of Smackdown Live:

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WWE’s full preview can be found HERE. We have included some excerpts below.

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On Shane McMahon’s WrestleMania announcement:

SmackDown LIVE Commissioner Shane McMahon shocked the WWE Universe at WWE Fastlane on Sunday when he prevented Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn from capturing the WWE Championship. Though these actions came after Owens inadvertently superkicked the SmackDown LIVE Commissioner, McMahon doubled down on his actions during Talking Smack, showing no remorse for costing two of Team Blue’s Superstars the chance to win its top title.

Owens took to social media shortly after WWE Fastlane to air his grievances:

It seems as though there will be no slowing down for SmackDown LIVE’s Commissioner. McMahon will be making a WrestleMania announcement on SmackDown LIVE tonight. Will it have anything to do with the “Yep!” Movement, or has Shane-O-Mac come up with a complete surprise for the WWE Universe?

On Asuka’s first Smackdown Live appearance since challenging Charlotte to a match at WrestleMania:

After defeating Ruby Riott to retain her SmackDown Women’s Championship on Sunday, Charlotte Flair got a major surprise, as Raw Superstar Asuka arrived to declare that she’d use the WrestleMania championship opportunity she won in the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble Match to challenge The Queen.

With Flair putting her title up against Asuka’s undefeated streak in New Orleans, how will she begin to prepare for the biggest match of her career?

Plus, The Empress of Tomorrow will be making her first-ever appearance on SmackDown LIVE tonight. What does Asuka have planned?