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Friday Night Smackdown Preview
Friday 24th October 2008
Live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum
With so much at stake for John Cena & CM Punk at the Survivor Series, it’s fair to say that Cena’s presence on Smackdown is really starting to frustrate the World Heavyweight Champion more & more each weel, and you have to wonder just how angry Punk will be this week after losing to Matt Sydal last Friday night thanks to a big F-U from his opposing team captain come Survivor Series in two weeks. Cena decided to take a closer look at the action as the World Champion met the United States Champion, and as Punk’s rookie, Alberto Del-Rio Ramirez was busy trying to help out his mentor, Cena slipped in to the ring and gave The Straight-Edge Superstar a reminder of what he’ll have to avoid when they lock horns where Cena will be fighting to become the number one contender for Punk’s world title at Night of Champions.
However Cena didn’t have much time to celebrate with Sydal, who’ll be a member of Team Cena when Shelton Benjamin, who earlier in the night offered Punk his services for Survivor Series and warned him not to underestimate the King of the Ring. He proved to be right but after being shot down by the World Champion he came out with a point to prove and sure made a statement by attacking Cena & Sydal before being chased off by Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas. The team that’s on fire right now may well have been the men Cena was referring to earlier in the evening when he said the make-up of his team was all but complete, and we hear that Cena will open the show this week. Just what does the controversial Smackdown newcomer have to say? Tune in to find out.
We already know that Christian will be a part of Team Cena and his brother, Edge will be a part of Team Punk, and last week Edge let us all know that he’s still smarting over his loss to Captain Charisma back at SummerSlam when he jumped Christian as he was making his way down to the ring for what was going to be a handicap match after Tyson Tomko was attacked in the back, presumably by The Rated-R Superstar. What on earth will this week bring when the Canadian siblings arrive in Biloxi?
It appears that Shawn Michaels now knows what opposition he’ll be facing at the Survivor Series as The Miz unveiled Dolph Ziggler as the final member of his “awesome” team to take on Michaels, Kofi Kingston and whoever else will be joining them in the traditional elimination match. However Mr. Hollywood wasn’t smiling for long as Kingston suckered him into a tag team match with Kofi & Michaels defeating Miz and his rookie, Heath Slater. We may just see Miz on Smackdown again this week as one of his team mates will be in action when Jack Swagger takes on the recently engaged Elijah Burke. Can Team Miz get back some momentum?
The WWE Tag Team Champions certainly have had some issues as of late and last week we saw Paul Burchill walk out on his partner when he decided not to stick around and watch TJ Wilson’s match with Dolph Ziggler. Burchill had words with Harry Smith before leaving the arena to the bewilderment of Smith and his rookie. Can The UK Pack resolve their differences or are they heading down a dark path?
This Friday night we’ll see the highly impressive rookie of Chavo Guerrero, J-Red compete in his first title match in the WWE when he takes on Johnny Jeter for Jeter’s Cruiserweight Championship. Red was the last man standing in a battle royal last week to determine just who would meet Jeter this week, and ironically it came down to Red & Chavo where the rookie once again came out on top at the expense of his mentor. How on earth will Chavo be feeling about that, but more importantly, will Red be able to seize on the momentum from last week to topple Jeter and become the new Cruiserweight Champion?
There was speculation last week of who would be representing Team Smackdown at the Survivor Series against Team Raw, and Monday night we got an answer. Raw’s captain, the Intercontinental Champion, Sheamus wasn’t pulling any punches in how he easy he feels it is going to be to lead Raw to victory, however he may feel differently now after M.V.P. & Ron Killings caught him well & truly off guard, letting him know that they would be part of the Smackdown team which will be lead by M.V.P. Killings in particular though took real offence to The Celtic Warrior’s confident comments and knocked him on his ass. Just when it looked like Sheamus’s rival and fellow team member Carlito had come to his aid, the Puerto Rican gave him a hand up before catching him with a sneaky Backstabber. It looks like it’s going to be a bumpy ride from now until Survivor Series when the two brands go to war.
We saw Michelle McCool earn herself a shot at Beth Phoenix’s Diva’s Championship last Friday night when a calculated plan paid off, manipulating Beth and her rookie, Nikki Roxx to talk herself into title contention. She overcame Roxx and fought her way to a shot at The Glamazon’s title, and this week it’ll be the Diva’s Champion who’ll be in action. Surely she’ll be out to send a statement to McCool who you assume won’t be too far away.
Paul London & Brian Kendrick sure have been one of the best teams, if not the best team that Smackdown has ever seen, and that was pointed out to the duo by Tazz last week as their personal issues spilled over on to Smackdown having been drafted from Raw recently. They were part of the battle royal last week that saw J-Red become the number one contender for the Cruiserweight Championship and London managed to eliminate himself while also sending his former partner over the ropes. Kendrick wasn’t happy at all and they fought their way through to the back where the General Manager had to step in, letting them know exactly how he felt about them, telling them how good a team they were and that they’ve done nothing since they went their separate ways. We’ve since learned that he’s made a match that will see them go one on one this week. Are they going to take their chance to shine?
>Confirmed for This Week on Smackdown<
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
J-Red vs. Johnny Jeter (c)
Elijah Burke vs. Jack Swagger
Paul London vs. Brian Kendrick
The WWE Diva’s Champion, Beth Phoenix in action
John Cena opens the show!