Re: WWE: A Strong Response
Friday Night 'Live' Smackdown
Friday 23rd January 2009 - Preview!
Live from the Crisler Arena
Ann Arbor, Michigan
There's been no lack of controversy when it comes to John Cena, CM Punk and the World Heavyweight Championship lately, but at the Royal Rumble this past Sunday night that was all supposed to come to an end. After forfeiting the title a month ago having declared his unease at carrying the title due to Stephanie McMahon screwing Punk, Cena was looking to win it fair & square. He didn't however, and neither did Punk. Once again we saw the match end in controversial circumstances when Raw's Homicide stormed the ring to break up the STFU on Punk before working together on Cena. The General Manager of Smackdown, Tazz had seen enough and made his way to the ring to put an end to it, only he ended up getting into it with Punk, so much so he swung a steel chair he took from Punk at him. Punk ducked though and Cena walked right into it, all but sealing Punk's victory. Tazz couldn't believe it and left the ring furious with himself, leaving Cena on a plate, but he wasn't done there as he stopped Stephanie getting to the ring, and she could only look on as Punk went on to finish Cena off with the GTS to become a two-time World Heavyweight Champion.
Then on Raw Monday night Stephanie didn't waste any time in announcing that she will be dealing with Tazz's actions this Friday night live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. However that's not all she announced. She stated that this week live on Smackdown, due to the outside interference at the Rumble, Punk will defend his title against Cena in what will be their final encounter. She also said that she will be at ringside to make sure there's no interference and that after talking with the board, if she so much as interferes in the match, not only will Punk automatically retain his title, she will be removed from her role as Executive Vice-President and the Board of Directors.
We're all set for a title collision without controversy but will that be the case? Cena & Punk also met in a tag team match on Raw this past Monday night when Punk teamed up with the man who helped him at the Rumble in Homicide to take on Cena & The Undertaker. It was a case of déjà vu too as this time Punk ducked a chair shot from Cena that hit The Undertaker, and Punk quickly rolled Cena up to get the win. Can Punk beat Cena for the third time this week, or will it be third time lucky for Cena? Whatever you do you won't want to miss their final encounter, and what will Stephanie have to say to Tazz? Make sure you tune in to find out.
Stephanie wasn't the only one left angry by events at the Royal Rumble, not by a long shot. 'The Rated-R Superstar' Edge was eliminated in the Rumble match won by Shawn Michaels, who has now returned to Raw having become the WWE Champion by virtue of winning the Rumble. Edge was furious at being eliminated by his brother Christian, just 48 hours after beating Captain Charisma on Smackdown. He'll have a chance to take out his anger on one of Smackdown's rising stars, Bryan Danielson this week, a man who beat Edge not so long ago after a distraction from Christian. It won't be an easy match for an angry Edge, that's for sure.
One person who can claim to be even more unfortunate than John Cena is the now former United States Champion and current King of the Ring, Matt Sydal. He was attacked before his match by a bitter Ted DiBiase, who again complained about Sydal beating him to the Slammy award for Breakthrough Star of the Year. Sydal ignored Ted's moaning and was jumped because of it, leading to him needing his ribs taped just moments before his United States title defence against Dolph Ziggler. Bravely he went on to defend the title and made an incredible effort in doing so, eventually falling short to a determined Ziggler. We'll see the new United States Champion in action this week but Sydal won't be in action until No Way Out in little over two weeks. We heard Eric Bischoff announce on Raw that he will meet Ted DiBiase one-on-one at the final pay-per-view before Wrestlemania. Will Sydal be on Smackdown this week to talk about that match?
The final title defence at the Rumble was by Paul London & Brian Kendrick when they put the WWE tag team titles on the line for the first time after only winning them a couple of weeks ago from The Empire. The British duo got their rematch with William Regal & Katie Lee banned from ringside, and London & Kendrick showed that their win two weeks back wasn't a fluke by overcoming Wade Barrett & Drew McIntyre in an intense battle to the end. The reunion of London & Kendrick is very much for real!
For all this & more make you sure you tune into Smackdown this week with the biggest main event in recent memory. You'd be a fool not to!
>Confirmed for this week on Smackdown!<
World Heavyweight Championship
The Final Encounter
John Cena vs. CM Punk (c)
Bryan Danielson vs. Edge
The new United States Champion, Dolph Ziggler in action!
>Huge Musical Line-up for Wrestlemania XXV!<
The WWE is proud to announce that the 25th anniversary of its showpiece event, Wrestlemania will feature musical performances from Nickelback, Leona Lewis & Lady Gaga.
"Gotta Be Somebody" by Nickelback will be the official theme song for this year's Wrestlemania, and they will be at Wembley Stadium on March 29th for a special live performance.
The UK's own Leona Lewis will also be on hand to perform their national anthem "God Save The Queen". Last year she had the biggest selling single in the world with "Bleeding Love" and her debut album went straight to number one both at home in the UK as well as here in the States.
Also to perform at Wembley Stadium will be one of the most talked about artists in the world right now in Lady Gaga and the WWE is delighted to have her accept an invitation to perform in front of 80,000+ people. Her debut single "Just Dance" is currently number one in the UK charts and has reached the top of the Hot & Pop 100 charts here. She will perform her next single "Poker Face" live in London on what will be a spectacular night of wrestling & musical action!