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Smackdown Preview
15th February 2008

Hallam FM Arena
Sheffield, England



In the eagerly anticipated number one contendership match last Saturday night, it was “The Ultimate Opportunist” Edge who earned the opportunity of a lifetime as he defeated five other men to claim the prize of a shot at Shawn Michael’s World Heavyweight Championship at Wrestlemania 24. With four men left in the ring at the end of the match, it was Edge who was able to put the match away as he beat “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair, just hours after the duo fought in the back upon their arrival to the arena as the tension reached boiling point.

With The Rated R Superstar having now collected the match he has demanded for months, what response will we get from Edge when he arrives in Sheffield, England this coming Friday night? Should The Heartbreak Kid be on edge? It will also be the champ’s turn to go at it when he laces up his boots for one on one action, and with Edge bound to be close by, will he send a message to his challenger that he will be in for one major fight when they lock horns on the grandest stage of them all?

Over the course of the last two months, it has been Umaga who has predominantly, and surprisingly had the upper hand over The Undertaker, with the only exception being at the Royal Rumble when the dead man eliminated The Samoan Bulldozer just moments before Kane sent his brother packing to book his spot at Wrestlemania. Having beaten The Undertaker in a First Blood match last month, Umaga looked like he had a huge chance going in to last Saturday night’s hugely important match. However, he felt the wrath of the phenom as he was sent through an announce table courtesy of a chokeslam.

What condition will The Samoan Savage be in when this Friday rolls around? And what response can we expect from both men after failing to earn the huge reward?

Over two weeks ago on Raw, former Smackdown star Rey Mysterio was attacked from behind prior to an Intercontinental Championship match against CM Punk. Typically Rey went ahead with the match, but questions were asked as to who it was that attacked Rey in that manner. The finger was pointed at both Punk and Rey’s long term rival, Elijah Burke. Both men denied any part in it, and after Rey defeated Burke at Saturday Night’s Main Event, The Guiding Light demanded an apology from Eric Bischoff. It seemed that Raw’s Head of Authority accepted that Burke played no part in the attack, and in way of return he was given a Money in the Bank qualifying match this past week against Rey. However, it appears now that all bets are off as to who was the culprit as Smackdown’s highest paid superstar, MVP made a shocking appearance and cost Rey the match and a shot at Money in the Bank at Wrestlemania.

No one knows why MVP did what he did, but it’s believed we’ll get an indication this week when Rey Mysterio joins him in The V.I.P. Lounge. It sure as hell looks like being one red hot night in Sheffield!

It’s a well known fact that one of the worst things you can do is anger a pitbull, however the case we deal with right now is that maybe the Pitbulls are to blame for this one themselves. In their WWE Tag Team Championship match this past Saturday night, they tried to gain a cheap victory as well as the titles by using the title belts themselves in order to help them on their way. Their strategy however didn’t go to plan as when Harry Smith collected a belt meant for Kid Kash, Smith saw red and did his best to remove Kash’s head, resulting in a disqualification defeat for The UK Pack and the defending champions. This didn’t set well for the challengers as they demanded action from William Regal after the match, something he asked to think about. The Pitbulls put the GM on warning, telling him they are more than willing to sort the problem out themselves.

Will Regal have found a solution, or will we see The Pitbulls bite back?

Not a lot of people have been able to get under Finlay’s skin like Chris Harris has since joining Smackdown. Two weeks ago, Harris shocked Finlay as he picked up his biggest victory to date on Smackdown. However, Finlay didn’t take it too well and retaliated by smashing Harris across the skull with his shillelagh. Last week after losing to The Undertaker, Finlay was making his way through the backstage area looking rather worse for wear when he stumbled upon Harris, who told him he got what he deserved. With those words ringing in his ears, The Fighting Irishman took it upon himself to make his way down to the ring during Harris’s match with MVP and costing him a place in the number one contendership match just twenty four hours later with a shot to the skull with a shillelagh.

We have learnt that this coming week, the two will collide head on, and after being burnt by Finlay and the shillelagh the last two weeks, how will Harris respond?

Over the last few weeks, we have seen Chris Masters try and encourage Charlie Haas to get his confidence back, and it appears that he certainly has done that and more. In fact, we have seen Haas not just gain confidence but a lot of intensity too in his last two matches, picking up impressive victories over both Super Crazy and Jimmy Wang Yang. It certainly looks like the rebirth of a wrestling machine and that Haas is back to his best. With Masters alongside him, will he continue to impress this coming week?

The tension between Shelton Benjamin and the United States Champion, Matt Hardy continues to grow. Shelton’s frustration grew two weeks back when Matt beat him to earn a match with Umaga last week with the winner moving on to the contenders match a day later. Despite having Shelton watching his every move, Matt put up one hell of an effort against The Samoan Bulldozer, but he just fell slightly short to Shelton’s obvious delight. It is rumoured Matt may have picked up an injury from that match, but we will find out more this Friday.

John Morrison & The Miz were clearly frustrated this past weekend after having missed out on getting a shot at The UK Pack’s tag team titles. However, in what was a very interesting little conversation with Raw’s Head of Authority, Eric Bischoff, it looks like the duo could be leaving Smackdown for pastures new. Bischoff mentioned that they were free to leave Smackdown if they so wish under the Open House rules, but is that an offer they will be taking up? They weren’t at Raw on Monday night, and are scheduled to be in Sheffield this Friday. Will we learn anything about their intentions for the future?

Kenny Dykstra has had mixed fortunes the last couple of weeks, getting the chance to main event Smackdown on both occasions. However, two weeks ago he lost to Batista, and last week after being asked by Edge to be his partner for the night, Dykstra followed up the defeat a week earlier by getting him and his partner disqualified, levelling The Animal with a steel chair as Edge looked in a difficult position. He’s never been one to keep his mouth shut, but what does this week hold for the Cruiserweight Champion? Tune in to find out!


The World Heavyweight Champion, Shawn Michaels In Action!

The V.I.P. Lounge with Rey Mysterio

Chris Harris
vs. Finlay

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