Re: WWE: The Evolution Of Greed
~Friday Night SmackDown~
May 18th, 2007
US Airways Center
Just two days away from Judgment Day, Friday Night SmackDown rolls into Phoenix, Arizona fresh on the heels of one shocking return last week… and another major return lined up for tonight’s show.
For weeks Batista, Edge and Mr. Kennedy have been on a collision course with each other, and last week, the inevitable seemed to be on the cards as the three came together in the ring for a contract signing that would seal their Triple Threat Match at Judgment Day for the World Heavyweight Championship. However, SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long had other ideas, announcing that the match would instead be a Fatal Four Way Match, adding the returning Chris Benoit to the situation. Having been on the shelf for over a month thanks to Edge, Benoit is back, and eager to get his hands on ‘The Rated-R Superstar’. Tonight, he gets his wish, as Benoit and Edge are scheduled to go one on one, just days before they both compete for gold. No doubt both Batista and Mr. Kennedy will be watching this one closely, and given the amount of enemies Edge has made in recent weeks, neither man would begrudge a Benoit victory in his return.
Elsewhere, three Judgment Day matches are set to collide tonight as Matt Hardy, Kane and The Hooligans team up for Eight Man Tag Team action against their respective Judgment Day opponents, The Miz, Finlay and The New Breed. As United States Champion, Hardy has enjoyed a great 2007 so far, and he’ll look to continue that tonight by leading his team to victory. However, with not only The Miz, but The New Breed also serving as challengers to gold this Sunday, both teams have plenty of incentives to win this one. Determined to prove he’s a serious threat to Hardy, Miz will be looking to grab the win, while Monty Brown and Elijah Burke will be out to take advantage of the recent troubles between the WWE Tag Team Champions, Paul London and Brian Kendrick. As for Kane and Finlay? They’ll just be looking to beat the hell out of whoever gets in their way, in what promises to be a highly exciting matchup.
For weeks, Chavo Guerrero has led us all down history lane in a reminder of the great career of Rey Mysterio, simply because at Judgment Day, Chavo is determined to finish Rey’s career once and for all. But tonight, after weeks of taunting, Mysterio is scheduled to appear on SmackDown tonight, no doubt to confront Chavo ahead of this Sunday’s Last Man Standing Match. Guerrero has talked a great game this last month or so, but tonight, he could come face to face with his great rival, and who knows what that could mean ahead of this Sunday.
All of this, and the final two places in the King of the Ring Round of 16 will be decided, as the two men involved in the Cruiserweight Championship Match this Sunday, the champion Gregory Helms and the challenger Bryan Danielson, both face qualifying matches ahead of their potential show stealer this Sunday. Helms takes on Shannon Moore, while Danielson faces Santino Marella, with both men looking to send a message to their Judgment Day opponent, that they’ll be the one leaving Judgment Day as champion. Plus, Mark Henry and The Sandman face off, ahead of the Six Man Tag Team Match this Sunday between The Extremists and The Coachman Coalition.
It’s the final stop before Judgment Day, and a show that promises to be an explosive preview to one of the biggest nights of the SmackDown calendar.
Chris Benoit vs. Edge
Matt Hardy, Kane and The Hooligans vs. The Miz, Finlay and The New Breed
Mark Henry vs. The Sandman
King of the Ring Qualifying Matches – Round of 32
Bryan Danielson vs. Santino Marella
Gregory Helms vs. Shannon Moore
Plus! The return of Rey Mysterio!!