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Will SD Live Become Iconic? Five Potential debuts for the ‘Blue Brand’ tonight



With main roster debuts from the likes of Ember Moon, Authors of Pain and No Way Jose in addition to the returns of Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe and Bobby Lashley on RAW last night — SmackDown Live has a tough act to follow. Here are five potential main roster debuts that we believe would help the Blue Brand keep pace with the A Show.

The Iconic Duo

The Australian Iconic Duo of Peyton Royce and Billie Kay have been making waves in NXT since forming an alliance back in late 2016. Having come up together as trainees that started just under 3 years ago to today’s date, there’s nothing left for these two to do in Florida; they’ve done more than enough to graduate to NXT.

The built-in chemistry that these two possess makes them a perfect addition to WWE’s Tuesday night product. With the ‘Superstar Shakeup’ coming next week, there are an unlimited amount of feuds for Royce and Kay on today’s main roster. With the tease of Alexa Bliss and Mickie James heading to SmackDown Live, you can only imagine the kind of magic those two could create with Kay and Royce. Recent main roster additions Absolution and The Riott Squad would also be perfect opening feuds for The Iconic ones to go over. Regardless, it goes without saying that The Iconic Duo would give the SmackDown Live women’s division a much-needed boost from day one.

Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas & Zelina Vega

Ember Moon dropping her title at NXT TakeOver this past Saturday night opened her up to make her main roster debut on RAW. Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas doing the same opens him up to debut on SmackDown Live tonight — right?

Coming off a legendary run as La Sombra in CMLL — he was also one of the founding members of Los Ingobernables — we expected to see Almas make an immediate rise to the top in NXT when he began there in late 2015. It wasn’t until last Summer, when he was joined by Zelina Vega, that Almas would become a major star for the brand. With a title run and a 5-star match against Johnny Gargano now under his belt, there’s nothing left for Almas to accomplish in Florida. The addition of Almas and Vega to the main roster has to be coming soon, if not tonight.


The searchlight. The helicopters. The double bass. A Sanity debut is exactly what the NOLA crowd needs to keep them awake on the fourth and final night of WrestleMania weekend 2018.

The current incarnation of Sanity includes Eric Young (the leader), Nikki Cross, Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe. There’s no reason these four wouldn’t be able to cause chaos on Tuesday nights for the foreseeable future. I mean, who’s going to stop them? This honestly may be the most exciting potential debut of the long weekend.

Drew McIntyre

We haven’t seen McIntyre in the ring since he dropped the NXT Championship to the aforementioned Almas at NXT TakeOver War Games last November due to a bicep injury suffered during their match. With the recent additions of Ricochet, EC3 and the rise of multiple other talents on NXT since McIntyre’s injury, there’s no need for him to be sent down there upon return. Instead, bringing him up to rekindle his feud with Almas would be the right move. Imagine this scenario for a moment. Have Almas, with Vega by his side, make an open challenge to anyone from that back. Have McIntyre answer it. You just killed two birds with one stone and created a double pop that will keep everyone talking until next Tuesday. Congratulations. Just don’t get any ideas about a 3MB reunion.

Velveteen Dream

This one isn’t as likely since he still has so much he can accomplish in NXT but it certainly is more than welcome. I’ve been very vocal about Patrick Clark’s incredible transformation into the Velveteen Dream character — his feud with Aleister Black was one of the best feuds of 2017 in all of wrestling. There’s so much he can add to WWE but I worry that he just wouldn’t be used correctly at this time. It’s a little too crowded. I’d love to see him headline a couple of NXT TakeOver’s before being brought up, but that said, the cream always seems to rise to the top. All I ask is that we get a Velveteen Dream-Chris Jericho feud when Y2J decides to come back to WWE. I don’t think that’s asking too much.

Dave has been covering Pro Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts for various websites since 2010. He currently runs both FightBooth and FightBoothPW with the help of some lovely and talented people.