Re: WWE: The Evolution Of Greed
Just want to say thanks to both of you for the reviews, chaps. Means heaps to me to know there's still some interest in this, and I'll be in to return the feedback whenever you both post again. If I'm gonna make Wrestlemania by the end of the year I suppose I better try and pick up the pace a wee bit. So here's another preview...
~Friday Night Smackdown~
March 16th, 2007
Trenton, New Jersey
Last week’s main event saw a performance for the ages from Ric Flair, but as Smackdown went off the air, the whispers regarding Edge and his fear of the World Heavyweight Champion had grown to shouts... and you can guarantee Edge will be hell-bent on silencing those cries tonight.
After not coming into physical contact once during their tag team match at Saturday Night’s Main Event, Edge seemed like he was about to put to bed any doubts of his determination to face Batista at Wrestlemania by smacking the World Heavyweight Champion with a steel chair last week... only for Batista to catch Edge in the act. With ‘The Animal’ urging him on, many felt now was the moment that Edge would finally strike... but instead, he dropped the chair and calmly headed backstage. Edge claimed it was all mind games, that by not attacking he had gained the upperhand, but most people felt it was nothing more than another display of Edge’s fear of ‘The Animal’. Tonight, Batista is in action as we witness a rematch of Smackdown’s most dramatic feud of 2006, as King Booker steps up to face the champion. Will Edge view tonight as his chance to strike? Will the constant whispering and rumours push him over the edge? Or will he stay the course and continue to play his mind games?
Speaking of mind games, The Undertaker exchanged words with his Wrestlemania opponent Umaga last week, as ‘The Phenom’ vowed to end Umaga’s undefeated streak, preserving his own Wrestlemania undefeated streak in the process. Tonight, Umaga is in action against Chris Benoit, surely the toughest test Umaga will have faced since his arrival on Smackdown. Alejandro Armando Estrada has said that his savage can’t be effected by mind games, and Umaga has backed these words by appearing impervious to fear in the face of ‘The Deadman’. No doubt The Undertaker will again look to make his presence felt, but the question remains... can anything phase ‘The Samoan Bulldozer’?
After beating The Extremists at No Way Out, and on the back of Paul Burchill’s victory over Brian Kendrick last week, The Bluebloods have been named the number one contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championships. However, instead of that match happening at Wrestlemania, Interim General Manager Jonathan Coachman agreed to grant the match at a time of The Bluebloods’ choosing... and William Regal and company have chosen tonight! That’s right, London and Kendrick will defend their titles tonight on Smackdown against William Regal and Paul Burchill, the challengers full of confidence after their recent performances. However, The Hooligans aren’t the longest reigning tag team champions in Smackdown history for nothing, and they’ll no doubt be ready for what should prove to be a very difficult title defence. London and Kendrick may have beaten Regal and Dave Taylor a month ago, but now with Paul Burchill in their ranks, The Bluebloods have to be the heavy favourites to finally end the reign of The Hooligans.
At Wrestlemania XXIII, Finlay will defend the United States Championship against Matt Hardy, while Gregory Helms will put up the Cruiserweight Championship against Bryan Danielson. Tonight, the four will meet in tag team action as Helms and Finlay combine to face Hardy and Danielson. Hardy has had a sensational start to 2007, gathering all kinds of momentum and really making a name for himself on Friday nights. Danielson has had a great start to his WWE career, coming close to winning the Cruiserweight Championship in his very first match. The two will be looking to continue to impress and pick up a big win ahead of Wrestlemania, while Finlay will no doubt want to send Hardy a clear message that he’s known as a tough bastard for a reason, whereas Helms will look to continue to sneak and stay one step ahead of Danielson, in the process proving once again that he’s the self-proclaimed greatest cruiserweight in the world.
All of this, plus the last Money in the Bank spot is up for grabs as The Miz takes on a mystery opponent, Layla will debut a new tag team tonight, and maybe an appearance from the brooding Mr. Kennedy will happen. All of this and more on the latest episode of Friday Night Smackdown!
Batista vs. King Booker
WWE Tag Team Championship Match:
The Hooligans vs. The Bluebloods
Chris Benoit vs. Umaga
Finlay and Gregory Helms vs. Matt Hardy and Bryan Danielson
Money in the Bank Qualifying Match:
The Miz vs. ???
Plus! Layla will debut a new tag team tonight, and Mr. Kennedy will possibly have something to say!!