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WWE Friday Night Smackdown Preview- 2/9/05- Tampa, Florida
Tonight on Smackdown we were supposed to be receiving a WWE Championship match with John Cena defending against the winner of a number one contender’s match between Kurt Angle and Randy Orton. Instead we head to Tampa with no championship match scheduled and a whole host of questions to be answered.
Kurt Angle and Randy Orton’s match last week was all going smoothly and we appeared in line for a winner, that was until The Undertaker made his presence felt and took out both his long time rival Orton and Angle, making a statement of intent. However, the Deadman would succumb to the numbers game as opponents for the night joined forces with Angle and Orton coming together to take down the Phenom until the arrival of the champion himself to even the odds, John Cena. Was The Undertaker simply out to get Randy Orton’s attention once again or is the Deadman indeed setting his sights on the WWE Title? We hope to find out tonight whether the Demon of Death Valley has inserted himself into the title picture and if not, we hope to find out just who is at the top of the list for John Cena’s next challenge.
Last week saw the first match for No Mercy made where MNM will defend their WWE Tag Team Championships in a LADDER match against Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio. The A-List champions were left reeling at this announcement, believing they’d seen the last of the high fliers, however Teddy Long took all evidence on board and decided MNM DID pay somebody off to help them retain their gold. We’re still no nearer finding out just who the mercenary was but with a title defence now scheduled, we are some way towards justice. Tonight we will see the champions in action as they team up with Carlito to take on Mysterio, Van Dam and the returning United States Champion, Matt Hardy who will no doubt be gunning for the Apple Spitter.
John Bradshaw Layfield shocked the world last week when he announced suddenly that he was retiring, citing Bobby Lashley as his reasoning. The ‘Real Deal’ was left shocked, a mixture of emotions as he seemed to want more of the Wall Street Warrior. Well it turns out he may indeed get it. Later that night backstage Lashley was heinously ambushed by Bradshaw with the ‘Wrestling God’ having simply played Lashley, having played us all and stating he was not retiring and was instead targeting Lashley and vowed to teach him a lesson. Lashley will NOT be in attendance tonight due to doctor’s orders but JBL will be and he will be in action. Will Layfield send yet another statement to the ‘Real Deal’?
Also confirmed for tonight, Paul London will be in action as he squares off against the Japanese Buzzsaw, Tajiri with Brian Kendrick by his side. The two who have been referred to as ‘The Hooliganz’ have finally one upped the tandem of Gregory Helms and Chavo Guerrero over the past couple of weeks, will that trend continue tonight with a London victory? Tune it to find out.
All this and so much more tonight on Friday Night Smackdown!!
Confirmed for Smackdown:
MNM and Carlito vs Rey Mysterio, Rob Van Dam and Matt Hardy
JBL will be in action
Paul London vs Tajiri
The fallout from all the drama surrounding the WWE Championship