Re: WWE 2011: Pushing the Boundaries
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Friday Night Smackdown Preview
August 26, 2011
Jefferson Convention Centre ~ Birmingham, Alabama
This week, Friday Night Smackdown comes to you from the Jefferson Convention Centre in Birmingham, Alabama, in front of over 17,000 members of the WWE Universe! Tonight, Smackdown General Manager Theodore Long has told us that he has a blockbuster announcement regarding his plans for the World Heavyweight Championship currently held by Randy Orton come Night of Champions in just over three weeks time! What Mr Long has in store no one but he knows, but he has informed us all that tonight we will find out who the champion going into Buffalo will be. Randy Orton is set to defend the title tonight against the man that he has battled for the gold with throughout the entire summer, "Captain Charisma" Christian. Christian won the title for the first time back in May, but lost it to Orton only 5 days later. Since then, the two ring warriors have fought tooth and nail over the coveted belt and many thought this storied rivalry was over when Orton defeated Christian in a No Holds Barred Match at Summerslam less than two weeks away. However, there is an extra twist for tonight's title match, as due to the events of last week on Smackdown, the championship will be defended under FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE RULES! The events which prompted Mr Long to make this decision was when Orton delivered a devastating RKO onto the roof of a car last week after Christian was about to lay his hands on the General Manager following a disagreement. These two men will definitely leave it all in not just the ring, but the entire arena tonight in Birmingham, but who will walk into Night of Champions with the World Heavyweight Championship?
Two other men that have been having an extremely physical war as of late is "The World's Strongest Man" Mark Henry and "The Celtic Warrior" and former WWE Champion Sheamus. The two behemoths collided at Summerslam, with Henry coming out victorious, despite the win being due to count out after Henry ploughed Sheamus through the ring barrier. In the main event of Smackdown last week, the two met in a 'rematch', which was fought to a double count out, but the lasting image that will be engraved in the WWE Universe's brains is of Henry standing tall over his adversary after delivering an emphatic World's Strongest Slam through the broadcast announce table. The devastating move has left Sheamus with severely bruised ribs, and has rendered him unable to compete in Birmingham tonight. But we have been informed that he will be in attendance and has requested some time to address his current condition and Mark Henry. The "World's Strongest Man" will also be in the JCC tonight. There is still a lot of business to settle between the two titans, and tonight we may see some important developments in this story.
We also know that there will be a very important guest on Smackdown tonight, that being the COO of the WWE, Triple H. Since taking his position of office, "The Game" has scarcely appeared on the blue brand, but we understand that he is here tonight strictly on WWE Board of Directors business tonight. What this entails we do not know, as there has been a big urge to hush any possible rumours regarding the nature of Triple H's appearance tonight. Make sure to tune into Smackdown to find out what the important business is.
We will also see some Diva action tonight on Smackdown, and it is the Divas Champion, Kelly Kelly that will be competing. Her opponent? Look no further than one half of the Divas of Doom, Natalya. The two Divas were involved in tag team action on Raw this past Monday, with the champion being on the receiving end of a Glam Slam from Natalya's partner Beth Phoenix. Many have called for Phoenix to be named the number one contender for the purple championship, due her recent run of victories, none more so vocal than Phoenix and Natalya, as well as Michael Cole on commentary. Tonight, Natalya has the chance to get it done where Phoenix could not at Summerslam, and show Phoenix what "real women's wrestling is".
Last week, we saw the very first "Cody Rhodes Intercontinental Championship Challenge". The concept is simple; any Superstar that is not from the United States is allowed a match with Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes. If they win, Rhodes and his associate Ted DiBiase Jr have promised the challenger a match against Rhodes for the coveted and prestigious title. This new concept has received mixed reviews after it's first week, as some call it unfair on the American Superstars, whilst some have said that is embarrassing other nations. Young Japanese Superstar, Yoshi Tatsu was the first man to rise to the challenge last week, but the youngster was no match for Rhodes, being dispatched in little over a minute. With the vast amount of foreign talent available in the ranks of the WWE, will Rhodes find a more formidable challenger tonight?
Also tonight, we see former tag team partners and champions Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel face off. The two met last week on WWE Superstars, with Gabriel coming out on top, will we see the same result tonight?
Confirmed for Smackdown
World Heavyweight Championship
Falls Count Anywhere Match
"The Viper" Randy Orton © vs "Captain Charisma" Christian
Theodore Long's Big Announcement
Intercontinental Championship Challenge
Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes w/ Ted DiBiase vs ???
WWE COO Triple H is in attendance
Divas Champion Kelly Kelly vs Natalya w/ Beth Phoenix
Sheamus speaks out
"The One Man Rock Band" Heath Slater vs Justin Gabriel
Plus much, much more!