Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.
Here at wwe.com we received word this afternoon that the Womenís Championship match at Summerslam has been CANCELLED. News comes following the devastating attack by champion Victoria on her challenger Lita this past Monday on Raw.
After having a door brutally smashed into her ankle, Lita has apparently got off lightly compared to fellow diva Trish Stratus who suffered a broken ankle back at Vengeance when facing the ruthless Womenís Champion. Apparently the damage to Litaís ankle is only a sprain but it is enough to see her sidelined for this Sunday and most likely another several weeks.
We wish Lita a very speedy recovery and it is expected that Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff will address Victoria this coming Monday night on Raw.
WWE Friday Night Smackdown Preview- 19/8/05- Rochester, New York
Friday Night Smackdown comes to you just TWO nights away from the biggest party of the summer, Summerslam and the heat is certainly on!!
Last week saw tensions rise all the more between WWE Champion John Cena and the man he meets Sunday night, Kurt Angle. Angleís mind games have been constant, having goaded Cena into facing him, the Wrestling Machine has since done everything in his power to AVOID the champion. Will Angle be able to repeat that tonight or will champion and challenger finally square off just two nights before their hotly anticipated clash at Summerslam?
What we do know is that both men WILL be in action! Cena will go one on one with the man he won the WWE Championship from back at Wrestlemania, his former long time rival, JBL. Angle on the other hand will meet a man who is a current champion, the United States Champion, Matt Hardy. Both Hardy and JBL will be looking for huge wins heading into their respective challenges come Summerslam but itíll be Cena and Angle who are under pressure to deliver here in New York.
Speaking of things getting heated, it has been that way ever since Wrestlemania between Randy Orton and The Undertaker. This Sunday the pair will square off one more time with Orton vowing to end The Undertaker once and for all. Orton has promised not to fall for the Deadmanís mind games, that this time he will be the one in control. Tonight Orton will be in action and will be looking to once again send a message to The Undertaker but will the Phenom have a message of his own for the Legend Killer?
Rob Van Dam shocked everybody last week when he walked out on his partner Rey Mysterio, citing that his head was not in the right place to compete as he looks to continue his pursuit of MNM. Well following that match last week Van Dam finally DID uncover something after overhearing a conversation from the A-Listers. RVD overheard Melina discussing with her boys that they paid off somebody to do their dirty work back at the Bash. Van Dam will be in New York and will no doubt be looking to uncover more evidence surrounding just who attacked them back at the Bash. One question remains, how will Rey Mysterio act to his partners actions?
Also scheduled for tonight is a big tag team contest as the new power duo of the Cruiserweight division Gregory Helms and Chavo Guerrero team up to take on the man who they have screwed ever since the Bash, Paul London and his new ally, Brian Kendrick. London will be seeking to get one over on his two rivals and with Kendrick now alongside him, the odds may finally be evened in this ongoing rivalry.
Finally, kicking off Friday Night Smackdown will be a MAMMOTH battle between two bitter rivals. Booker T and Rhyno have been feuding ever since the Man Beast was drafted to the blue brand in the draft lottery. Tonight, itís the blow off match as Booker and Rhyno square off in a Two out of Three Falls Match!! Who will come out on top in this personal battle with their hand raised in victory?
Find out all this and much, much more to look forward to as we hit the final stop on the road to Summerslam!
Confirmed for tonightís show:
John Cena vs. John Bradshaw Layfield
Kurt Angle vs. Matt Hardy
Paul London and Brian Kendrick vs. Gregory Helms and Chavo Guerrero
Two out of Three Falls Match:
Booker T vs. Rhyno
Rob Van Dam will continue his investigation and Randy Orton will be in action!
Expect this up sometime next week. Thanks to Jam and TWG for the Raw feedback, any more would be greatly appreciated. Last stop and then Summerslam!