Re: WWE: The Evolution Of Greed
~Friday Night Smackdown~
March 9th, 2007
The first Friday Night Smackdown after Saturday Night's Main Event has arrived, with the whispers around the locker room regarding Edge and his apparent fear of the World Heavyweight Champion Batista continuing to grow in intensity. Edge and Mr. Kennedy teamed to take on Batista and Matt Hardy last Saturday night, but there was no physical contact between champion and challenger during the match, with Edge actively avoiding being in the ring with 'The Animal'. Indeed, Edge ultimately walked out on the match, leaving Kennedy behind to suffer a thunderous Batista Bomb, handing 'The Animal' the victory. The rumours and whispers will no doubt have grown in volume since last week, and with both Edge and Batista scheduled to appear on the show tonight, perhaps that first physical contact between the two is inching ever closer.
As for Mr. Kennedy, after suffering the defeat at the start of the broadcast, Kennedy returned later on during Saturday Night's Main Event, attacking Ric Flair and in the process costing Flair and his partner Carlito the World Tag Team Championships. Last Monday on Raw, Flair vowed he was coming to Smackdown tonight to call Kennedy out. With 'The Nature Boy' finally in the building, we could have the first face to face between the pair since the Royal Rumble, the night when this explosive rivalry all kicked off. What could Flair have to say? And will Kennedy finally get his wish of a match with Flair, especially with Wrestlemania on the horizon?
And the final member of that Saturday Night's Main Event tag team match, Matt Hardy, his fate is now clear. It's he and Finlay one on one at Wrestlemania XXIII for the United States Championship. After defending the title in the brutal Belfast Brawl against Chris Benoit, Finlay will no doubt be watching on intently as Hardy faces Test tonight, with Hardy looking to send an early message to his Wrestlemania opponent by continuing to build on the great 2007 he's had thus far. As for Benoit, he's involved in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match against F.B.I. leader Santino Marella. While last week Marella was full of confidence that he would make it to 'Mania, he might not be quite as sure once he sees who his opponent is tonight.
Umaga continued his dominance of the Smackdown roster as he saw off Kane in convincing fashion at Saturday Night's Main Event. it was however the shocking return of Paul Bearer to the WWE that garnered the attention, especially as Bearer brought The Undertaker back from the darkside to confront Umaga and Armando Alejandro Estrada. Seen for the first time since No Way Out, 'Taker and Umaga battled back and forth, but it took the help of Kane for Undertaker to gain the upperhand. No one has managed to stop Umaga thus far, and at Saturday Night's Main Event, it appeared that even The Undertaker was no match for 'The Samoan Bulldozer' in a one on one situation. Tonight, John Bradshaw Layfield will conduct an in ring interview with Umaga and Estrada, but no doubt The Undertaker will have his say as the two continue to build towards their epic showdown at Wrestlemania XXIII.
Also tonight, Bryan Danielson will take on one of the men he beat at Saturday Night's Main Event as he squares off with Chavo Guerrero, one half of the WWE Tag Team Champions Brian Kendrick steps into the ring with Bluebloods member Paul Burchill, while we also hear from The Miz on his Wrestlemania aspirations. It's a jam packed edition of Friday Night Smackdown, one you really won't want to miss!!
Monday Night Raw's Ric Flair will call out Mr. Kennedy!
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match: Chris Benoit vs. Santino Marella
Matt Hardy vs. Test
Bryan Danielson vs. Chavo Guerrero
Brian Kendrick vs. Paul Burchill
John Bradshaw Layfield will conduct an in ring interview with Umaga and Armando Alejandro Estrada
Plus! Batista, Edge, King Booker, Montel Vontavious Porter and The Miz are all scheduled to appear!!