Vince McMahon announced on the March 12 episode of WWE SmackDown Live that Kofi Kingston will face Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 35… but only if he defeats Randy Orton, Samoa Joe, Sheamus, Cesaro and Rowan in a gauntlet match next week. Let’s take a look at five things we can expect to see in the lengthy match…
#5 AJ Styles will cost Randy Orton
Randy Orton and AJ Styles were involved in one of the best promo segments of the year so far on the latest episode of SmackDown Live. Orton began by questioning Styles’ pre-WWE career, even going as far as saying he was “getting a tan with Dixie Carter” at the same time that “The Viper” was competing at WrestleManias, while Styles hit back by saying Orton would never have made it on the indies and his RKO is merely a rip-off Diamond Cutter.
Needless to say, with this match now official for WrestleMania 35, the storyline between two of WWE’s most established Superstars is going to develop more and more over the next couple of weeks on SmackDown Live. We have already seen Styles hit Orton with a Phenomenal Forearm out of nowhere at Fastlane, so there’s every chance that “The Phenomenal One” could do something similar, as long as the referee doesn’t notice, to help Kofi Kingston eliminate Orton from the gauntlet match.