Re: WWE: A Strong Response
Friday Night 'Live' Smackdown
Friday 30th January 2009 - Preview!
Live from the North Charleston Coliseum
North Charleston, South Carolina
This Friday night will see the fallout of last week's shocking conclusion to Smackdown when the World Heavyweight Champion, CM Punk hoisted Stephanie McMahon up on to his shoulders after his successful title defence against John Cena and did the unthinkable, hitting the GTS on the Executive Vice-President of the WWE. It shocked everyone, and few will defend him despite Stephanie's attempt to slap him after another heated exchange of words between them, seconds after his 'fortunate' victory over Cena, again featuring an albeit minor distraction from Raw's Homicide who helped the World Champion regain his title at the Royal Rumble five nights earlier.
We were informed earlier this week that a member of the Board of Directors will be on hand to address Punk's actions with Stephanie having suffered a broken cheekbone in addition to the shocking resignation of Tazz as General Manager. With Stephanie out of the picture for the time being, maybe he would like to change his decision but he has indeed left the company, meaning that Smackdown now has no authority figure. Will this also be addressed by the board's representative? What action will fall upon CM Punk? All we know is that it's sure to be an eventful night in North Charleston.
We learnt last week that at No Way Out in just over a week, Christian & Edge will meet in a TLC match, and this Friday night we will see the Toronto born brothers sit down to talk about that match and their problems with Matt Striker. It should make for interesting viewing as these two are never short for words!
We'll also see the conclusion of the first round of a tournament put together by Stephanie last week that'll determine who will become the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship. We heard Alberto Del Rio & Chavo Guerrero complain about the American fans last week amongst several things, and they were told by Stephanie that they'd be in action this week for the first time as a team. Will it be a first time win for them? Also in action we believe are Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas as they all look to join The Empire as well as Paul Burchill & TJ Wilson in the last four.
One man who will also be in action is Bryan Danielson. The protégé of 'The Heartbreak Kid' and new WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels will go one-on-one with 'The All-American American' Jack Swagger in what should be a fantastic contest between two tremendous athletes with great potential.
Dolph Ziggler, the new United States Champion was quick to give his thoughts on the comments made that he didn't deserve to win the title at the Royal Rumble given what happened to Matt Sydal before that match at the hands of Ted DiBiase. Ziggler went on to win his match and we hear that he's still not satisfied with the criticism aimed at him. Will he have something more to say this week?
It promises to be an eventful night on Smackdown this week, a week before we go down under. Make sure you don't miss it as the odds are you're going to regret it!
>Confirmed for this week on Smackdown!<
Bryan Danielson vs. Jack Swagger
The last two first round matches in the number one contender tournament for the WWE tag team titles!
CM Punk to be confronted by a representative of the Board of Directors!
Matt Striker sits down with Christian & Edge to discuss their TLC match at No Way Out!