World Cup qualifying gets underway this Tuesday on SmackDown.
WWE announced on their website that Jeff Hardy will battle Samoa Joe and The Big Show will take on Randy Orton in the first qualifying matches for the upcoming WWE World Cup.
This will be The Big Show's first bout since Sept. 4 2017 when he faced Braun Strowman in a steel cage bout. Show underwent hip surgery following the bout, keeping him sidelined during this last year. Hardy is also returning action on Tuesday. He's been out of commission since Hell in a Cell when he dropped from the roof of the cell and crashed through a table. Despite being kept off television since then, he's continued to work live events.
Samoa Joe is coming off a loss in a WWE Title bout to AJ Styles at Super Show-Down this past Saturday. Meanwhile, Randy Orton has been torturing Tye Dillinger's fingers on recent episodes of SmackDown.
The World Cup Tournament is scheduled to conclude at WWE Crown Jewel on Nov. 2. Fightful will provide live coverage on SmackDown on Tuesday.