This week's episode of SmackDown will feature a grudge match and a special appearance from the Devil's Favorite Demon.
Announced on WWE Backstage is a match between Lacey Evans and Sasha Banks. The two wrestlers have been at odds for weeks and the two were supposed to wrestle last week on SmackDown, but Banks was not present on SmackDown, postponing the match.
"After weeks of verbal attacks and plenty of flying fists, Lacey Evans and Sasha Banks will finally meet in the ring on Friday Night SmackDown.
Last week the two Superstars appeared headed for an in-ring clash, but with The Boss off recording her album, The Sassy Southern Belle was left frustrated without an opponent to release her wrath on. SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley was quick to offer her taunts and reveled in Evans' despair. As a result, Evans charged up the ramp setting up a backstage collision that saw both competitors land vicious blows.
Will The Boss prove that she is indeed still at the head of SmackDown, or will Evans snag arguably the biggest win of her WWE career by besting The Blueprint?"
Also announced for the show is a special appearance from Kane, who hasn't been on Raw or SmackDown since last September when he won, then lost, the 24/7 Championship.
"Former WWE Champion and current Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, Kane makes his return to SmackDown this Friday for a special appearance.
The Big Red Machine has competed in more Royal Rumble matches and has more eliminations than any Superstar in WWE history, and with the match on the horizon, could Kane be ready to make history once again?"
Previously set for the show is a tables match between Roman Reigns and Robert Roode. Roode made his return from a 30-day wellness suspension last Friday on SmackDown, helping King Corbin & Dolph Ziggler in attacking Reigns. The duo of Roode & Ziggler closed the show by putting Reigns through a table and burying him underneath it. Roode was written off television for his suspension when Reigns decimated Roode, burying him under a table.
Fightful will have live coverage of SmackDown with a post-show podcast to follow after the show goes off the air.