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Smackdown Preview - Friday 2nd May 2008
Live From The Alltel Arena
Little Rock, Arkansas


Gossip was running through the back last week after Shawn Michaels left the arena, with several unnamed sources accusing him of being afraid of The Undertaker. This is despite a very firm message from the World Heavyweight Champion earlier in the evening where he stood in front of the live audience to tell them that he respected his Judgment Day opponent but he did not fear him, and that he was confident of retaining his title when they meet for the gold in just over four weeks. The foundation in the rumour mill comes from the fact that Michaels didn’t stick around for long as he left with his cousin, Michael Shane to see the sights of Australia. With Shawn out of the building, The Undertaker picked up an impressive victory over Johnny Jeter as he looks to build momentum for his title showdown at Judgment Day.

Is there any truth to these rumours?

Last week saw Elijah Burke’s chance to finally get his hands on MVP after the former friends fell out at WrestleMania. Burke put up a good showing, but MVP wasn’t about to let Burke have his moment in the sun, getting him disqualified by smashing his opponent in the head with the Money in the Bank briefcase. It’s proving to be quite a useful tool for Mr. Money in the Bank, but enough was enough for Tazz. He quickly informed MVP that he’s sick of him using it as a weapon, and that Burke will have one more shot at him in just over four weeks at Judgment Day in a No Disqualification match.

Has MVP shot himself in the foot?

We were led to believe by CM Punk himself that he would be away from Smackdown until this week after suffering an injury in his match with The Undertaker nearly three weeks ago. However, it was just a ploy from the conniving Punk, who took Matt Hardy by surprise, coming out of nowhere to cost Matt his match against Kid Kash. It didn’t come as quite a shock to Smackdown GM, Tazz though, as he was ready and waiting for Punk’s escape bid. He took Punk by surprise and didn’t hold back in saying that he knows Punk’s type, and how to deal with them. Has Punk met his match in Tazz?

Earlier in the night, Matt was told he would get his chance to meet Punk at Judgment Day. Just how much more have Punk’s actions given Matt a reason to get even?

Shelton Benjamin’s United Championship success wasn’t treated with the grandeur that he felt it deserved, so he felt that he had to make up for that by announcing that on Smackdown’s return to the States this week, he will be holding a Signing In Ceremony in recognition of his victory. Having defeated Shannon Moore last week in Australia, The Gold Standard will be heading in to his celebration in high spirits.

With their shot at the WWE Tag Team Championship set in stone for Judgment Day, The Masters of the Mat were able to test the water last week as Charlie Haas took on one half of the champions, in the shape of Harry Smith. It was a very close match until Chris Masters got involved to help his partner out and earn Haas the victory that gives them some serious momentum in their challenge to steal the titles away from The UK Pack.

Can they carry that through in Arkansas this week?

Matt Sydal said it best himself last Friday night as he told the fans he wasn’t one to come out and throw his personal business out in the open. He was looking to find out why his friend, Johnny Jeter cost him the chance to become the Cruiserweight Champion the week before. He sure found out with a bitter Jeter laying it all out on the line, but Jeter talked his way in to trouble, and a match with The Undertaker. He put up a gallant fight in all fairness, but the dead man was a bridge too far for the youngster.

Will Jeter be able to keep his trap shut this coming Friday? Maybe he should for his own sake.

If it looked like Ron Killings pushed Chavo Guerrero too far two weeks ago with some innocent advice, he really touched a nerve when he tried to apologise last week in mentioning he sympathised for Chavo being on a losing streak. In typical Guerrero fashion though, he struck at the right time, making Killings think everything was okay until his back was turned. It gave Chavo the green light to smash him across the back with the chair he was sitting on.

It doesn’t look like either man will be apologising this week, but Chavo should ensure he watches his back.

The Glamazon had a chance to redeem herself last week following the disappointment of losing the Women’s Championship to Victoria at WrestleMania and the draft switch to Smackdown. She saw off Maria in a dominating performance last Friday night, but she wasn’t satisfied with just that. She looked to carry on after the bell, but luckily for Maria, Mickie James & Michelle McCool came to her rescue at the right time. Beth lost her debut match on Smackdown to Mickie a few weeks back, but she will have the chance to even the score this Friday night.

Will she take it and continue the resurgence of The Glamazon?


Mickie James vs Beth Phoenix


Shelton Benjamin’s Signing In Ceremony

This is more than likely going to be my last show for at least 2-3 weeks as I've got a lot of Uni work to get through. It also means reviews will be difficult to get done, but I'm sure I will be able to fit some in.

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