SmackDown LIVE Preview, Dec. 26, 2017: Who Will Challenge Styles?

As 2017 concludes, WWE Champion AJ Styles is looking toward the future and awaiting the next challenger to his coveted title. As Team Blue gets closer to the start of The Road to WrestleMania, who will step up to The Phenomenal One? Find out tonight on SmackDown LIVE at 8/7 C on USA Network!
Will Anyone Step Up to Challenge AJ Styles?
AJ Styles’ 2017 has been nothing short of phenomenal. He capped it off by regaining the WWE Championship in England, putting in a stellar performance against Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and turning back the challenge of previous titleholder Jinder Mahal.

But as the new year approaches, The Phenomenal One is waiting for someone to step up and challenge him. Will a contender emerge on SmackDown LIVE?
Are Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan on the Same Page?
Between Shane McMahon & Daniel Bryan’s dispute while refereeing at WWE Clash of Champions and the spat that led to Shane leaving SmackDown LIVE last Tuesday, there’s plenty of reason for the WWE Universe to believe that Team Blue’s General Manager and Commissioner are at odds.
With Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn’s “Yep!” Movement gaining steam by the week, can the two figureheads of Team Blue present a united front and keep the unruly Superstars in check?

What Will Happen to the United States Championship?
Dolph Ziggler left the WWE Universe baffled last week during his United States Championship Celebration. Just two days after winning the title, The Showoff ditched the star-spangled championship in the ring and walked out of the arena, leaving many to wonder exactly what that meant for the future of Ziggler and the title.
Will Smackdown LIVE’s brass (or Ziggler) shed any light on what the future holds for the United States Championship?

Will Anyone Else Declare for the Royal Rumble Matches?
With the 2018 Royal Rumble event rapidly approaching, Superstars are eager to throw their names in the ring for WWE’s annual extravaganza. So far, Raw’s John Cena and Elias have declared for the men’s melee, while Naomi from Team Blue has entered the historic Women’s Royal Rumble Match and vowed to walk out of Philadelphia victorious.
Will anyone else on SmackDown LIVE state their intentions to compete for a championship opportunity? Find out tonight on SmackDown LIVE. The first hour of SmackDown LIVE will be presented commercial-free!