Angelo Dawkins vs. Otis added to WWE SmackDown
WWE has made a new match announcement for SmackDown’s Hell in a Cell go-home show.
During this morning’s episode of WWE’s The Bump, it was announced that Angelo Dawkins vs. Otis will take place on SmackDown this Friday. The match comes after an injury angle that took place involving Dawkins’ tag team partner Montez Ford on SmackDown last week.
The Street Profits vs. Otis & Chad Gable had originally been announced for last week’s SmackDown, but Gable told Dawkins and Ford that he had the match canceled. After Ford threatened to slap Otis back to the Jurassic Period if he ever steps to The Street Profits again, Gable challenged Dawkins or Ford to face him in a singles match. Dawkins volunteered to face Gable, but Ford insisted on being in the match. Gable said he wouldn’t have Otis at ringside with him — but only if Dawkins wouldn’t be at ringside with Ford.
Otis attacked Dawkins backstage during the Ford vs. Gable match and then caused a disqualification by attacking Ford. Otis beat Ford down, including giving him two splashes from the middle rope. Dawkins tried to make the save for Ford but was sent out of the ring by Otis.
Dawkins came back into the ring after the second splash and covered up Otis. Officials then stopped Otis from continuing the attack.
WWE announced a storyline injury update on Ford after last week’s SmackDown: “Montez Ford suffered a partial rib fracture and torn intercostal cartilage, as a result of the attack by Otis. He’s being evaluated at a local medical center and WWE Digital will follow up with any updates.”
WWE then posted a new update following Bianca Belair’s appearance on The Bump this morning: “In the wake of Otis’ attack on Montez Ford on the blue brand last week, SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair confirmed on WWE’s The Bump that her husband did not suffer a collapsed lung and that he is at home recovering from his rib injuries.”
On SmackDown two weeks ago, Gable offered to help advise The Street Profits but was dismissed by Dawkins and Ford. Otis later approached Dawkins and Ford and wanted them to apologize to Gable, but they declined and told Otis that Gable is holding him back. When Dawkins and Ford said that Otis needs to get out of Gable’s Alpha Academy, Otis attacked both of them.
Here’s the updated lineup for this Friday’s SmackDown:
Kevin Owens & Big E vs. Intercontinental Champion Apollo Crews & Commander Azeez
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Baron Corbin in the Battle for the Crown (possession of Corbin’s crown is on the line in the match)
Angelo Dawkins vs. Otis