Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.
WWE Friday Night Smackdown Preview- 29/5/05- Milwaukee; Wisconsin
Friday Night Smackdown heads to Milwaukee fresh off of a wild night in Buffalo this past Sunday at The Great American Bash and we are sure to find out several repercussions for some of the blue brand’s biggest stars.
The WWE Championship took centre stage this past Sunday as the champion John Cena walked in to defend his title against John Bradshaw Layfield, Kurt Angle and Randy Orton. It was no doubt the biggest test of Cena’s championship reign but somehow, someway the champion managed to walk out with the title still in his grasp. However, it didn’t come without controversy.
The biggest talking point of that match involved the Legend Killer Randy Orton. Orton was on a real roll, building huge momentum as he looked to capture the WWE title, but his momentum was to be derailed in shocking circumstances as for the first time since Judgment Day, The Undertaker made his presence felt and chased off the youngest World Champion in history, seeking payback after Orton defeated the Deadman back in May thanks to the use of a devastating steel chair shot. This week on Smackdown we will hear from the Legend Killer himself regarding both his pursuit of the WWE Championship and the return of his bitter rival, the Phenom, The Undertaker.
One man who was also seething following the outcome of that match was Kurt Angle. Angle has claimed for weeks on end, months perhaps that John Cena is running scared from him, that John Cena would not face him one on one, man to man. Well we have learned that Kurt Angle stands by those comments following the Bash, claiming that Cena again dodged him Sunday night, instead pinning JBL and in Angle’s words, ‘taking the easy way out’. Cena will no doubt take anger to those comments and we have learned that Angle and Cena’s paths will cross this Friday night in Tag team action. Cena will team with Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio to take on Angle and the WWE Tag Team Champions, MNM.
Speaking of MNM, they survived by the skin of their teeth Sunday night, defending their titles successfully against Van Dam and Mysterio but it wasn’t all as simple as it seems. The stipulation for this match was that MNM would NOT have Melina at ringside supporting them, however if MNM still won that match, Van Dam and Mysterio would not receive another opportunity at the gold. As Van Dam and Mysterio looked set to finally get one over on the A-Listers, a masked assailant appeared and cost the challengers the match, allowing MNM to retain their gold. The question remains just who was under that mask and what are the consequences for Van Dam and Mysterio? Teddy Long has promised a full investigation and this Friday we hope to find out if he’s any nearer to discovering just who was under that mask.
Another shocker from this past Sunday involved the Cruiserweight title changing hands as Paul London lost his gold to The Hurricane thanks to the involvement of both Chavo Guerrero and a steel chair. For several weeks now Chavo Guerrero has been trying to get under the skin of Hurricane, proclaiming him to be nothing but a joke, that he couldn’t be taken seriously whilst he hide under a mask and cape. Guerrero claimed that the man under it all however would not only be taken seriously but would become the next Cruiserweight Champion, Gregory Helms. Hurricane refused Guerrero’s advances, vowing to do it the right way, however Sunday night saw Hurricane cave in to those promises and turn his back on the fans, his friendship with Paul London and indeed his identity. Has Gregory Helms been born? What will the new champion as well as his companion Guerrero have to say? We hope to find out this Friday night.
The United States title also changed hands this past Sunday night as Matt Hardy finally defeated Orlando Jordan to win his first major singles championship here in the WWE, proving a lot of his doubters wrong. This Friday night Hardy will defend the title for the very first time in a rematch from Sunday night. Will Hardy once again trump JBL’s chief of staff? Or will it be a short lived reign for Hardy and mean a quick return to the top for OJ?
Also confirmed for this weeks show is a huge battle of the bulls as the undefeated Bobby Lashley will take on Chris Masters in a huge match for both men. Lashley scored a big win Sunday night, defeating Rene Dupree and Kenzo Suzuki in a Handicap match while Chris Masters finally got one over on the Mexicools, defeating them in a Six Man Tag Team match along with The Pitbulls. Who will keep up their momentum in Milwaukee? Tune in to find out!!
Confirmed for this week’s Smackdown:
John Cena, Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio vs. Kurt Angle and MNM
WWE United States Title:
Matt Hardy© vs. Orlando Jordan
Bobby Lashley vs. Chris Masters
We will hear from the Legend Killer, Randy Orton
Would love any feedback for Raw but wanna keep this rolling. Show should be up at some point towards the end of the week.