Updated WWE SummerSlam 2017 card after July 25 SmackDown

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WWE SummerSlam doesn’t exactly look any clearer after the most recent edition of SmackDown Live.

Would you believe that Natalya vs. Naomi for the SmackDown Women’s title was the first match made official for WWE SummerSlam? Well, it’s true. Natalya solidified herself as the No. 1 contender when she beat Tamina, Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Lana in a fatal-five-way elimination match at Battleground.

On Tuesday’s episode of SmackDown Live, general manager Daniel Bryan didn’t add to the Biggest Party of the Summer. While the picture is beginning to form, it’s still out of focus.

WWE Champion Jinder Mahal will have to wait at least a week before he knows who will challenge him for his title. Mahal, looking for a dance partner in Brooklyn, was met by John Cena on SmackDown Live, but no match was made official. Instead, Cena will face Shinsuke Nakamura on next weeks SmackDown, with the winner moving on to face Mahal at SummerSlam.

It looked like Kevin Owens would be defending his United States title against AJ Styles and a returning Chris Jericho at SummerSlam, but Shane McMahon had a better idea. The three squared off on SmackDown Live, with Styles regaining the belt he lost to Owens at Battleground.

The Usos had revenge on their mind as they put an end to New Day’s celebration before it got started. The two teams appear to be on track for another showdown at SummerSlam, but nothing was made official.

Elsewhere, Sami Zayn, Tye Dillinger, Mike Kanellis and Aiden English continue to do battle and Tamina gave Lana a lot of dirty looks following their tag team loss to Charlotte and Lynch. Given WWE’s love of multi-person matches, I expect all eight competitors to be thrown into a single battle royal.

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SmackDown Live is slow playing their hand for SummerSlam. With three shows left until the four-hour extravaganza, there is still time for the blue brand for their side of the card to take shape. Next week should put things into better focus for SmackDown.

WWE Universal Championship

Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Samoa Joe vs. Braun Strowman vs. Roman Reigns

RAW Women’s Championship

Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Bayley

SmackDown Women’s Championship

Naomi (c) vs. Natalya