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WWE.com - Television - Smackdown (Preview - 11th April 2008)
11th April 2008
Blue Cross Arena
Rochester, New York City
WE HAVE A NEW NUMBER ONE CONTENDER
“The Rated R Superstar” Edge shocked us all by conceding that the better man won at Wrestlemania when Shawn Michaels came out on top to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. However, it wasn’t long before he was back to his old way and demanded one more shot. Without a general manager on Smackdown, Linda McMahon took charge last week and was determined to make Edge work if he was going to get another title match by making a number one contendership match that would see Edge meet The Undertaker. It was the dead man who came out on top after chokeslamming Edge through the announce table and earning the victory by count out. Is the World Championship in the dead man’s future?
MONEY ON THE MAT!
It was supposed to be a celebration for Montel Vontavious Porter last Friday night when he arrived back on Smackdown following his Money in the Bank triumph at Wrestlemania. It didn’t turn out that way however, as Elijah Burke, one of Smackdown’s draftees made it a night to forget for MVP. The duo had got along well going in to Wrestlemania’s Money in the Bank match, but after an argument the week before when MVP made it clear he didn’t think Burke could win. Burke was clearly still fuming after that, and he made that crystal clear as he sent The Franchise Player crashing down to the mat with a thunderous right hand. How will MVP react to that this Friday night in NYC?
PUNK RETURNS THE FAVOUR – NOW THERE’S A REAL GOLD STANDARD
CM Punk pushed his luck a little too far on Raw over a week ago when he rubbed Matt Hardy up the wrong way after The Straight Edge Superstar put his brother Jeff on the shelf at Wrestlemania. Matt made him pay for his words by costing Punk the Intercontinental Championship later in the evening, but that would haunt Matt just four days later. The then United States Champion was defending his title against Shelton Benjamin in a Wrestlemania rematch, and Punk returned the favour by storming the ring and made Matt pay for doing the same to him just days before. Matt wasn’t happy afterwards and went in pursuit of Punk, only to be too late as Punk escaped the building. With Punk now a Smackdown superstar following the draft, both men are expected this coming Friday. It looks like there could be trouble ahead!
The new champion, Shelton Benjamin will put his gold standard to the test when he takes on Chavo Guerrero in non title action.
COUSIN’S PATCHING THINGS UP?
Michael Shane surprised many when he walked out of Wrestlemania as the new Cruiserweight Champion, but what was more surprising was when he and his cousin, Shawn Michaels appeared to put their differences to bed. The World Heavyweight Champion stumbled across Shane last Friday and told him he was proud of him for his accomplishment at Wrestlemania, but Shane wasn’t done there as he told Edge just what he thought of him. Is there going to be a family reunion?
MICKIE MAKES IT THE WEEK FROM HELL FOR THE GLAMAZON
Last week was arguably the worst of The Glamazon’s life, starting with losing the Women’s Championship to Victoria at Wrestlemania. She was then drafted to Smackdown just 24 hours later, and on her first Smackdown appearance last Friday, she suffered the taste of defeat against a fellow draftee in Mickie James. Will she be turning things around soon?
The Masters of the Mat, Chris Masters & Charlie Haas made their return from suspension last week, and after securing a victory, Tommy Dreamer & Stevie Richards charged down to the ring for a revenge attack. It appears there is still bad blood between these four men. Is that the case? We’ll find out this Friday night.
Matt Sydal & Johnny Jeter were on the wrong end of Masters’ and Haas’s win last week, and Jeter was very keen beforehand on moving towards a tag team title match. Sydal didn’t share the enthusiasm, appearing to be disappointed following his failure to win the Cruiserweight Championship days earlier at Wrestlemania. Will he be in a more positive frame of mind this coming week?
CONFIRMED FOR THIS WEEK ON SMACKDOWN
Non Title Match
Chavo Guerrero vs Shelton Benjamin
Elijah Burke vs Orlando Jordan