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Re: WWE: The Platinum Era
Hey. No, this isn't dead, but it did take me awhile to finally start SmackDown!. Since then the show has been coming along swimmingly, which will hopefully please my one reader/reviewer (<3), who I thank for the RAW review. Anyway, here's a preview for SmackDown!, and while the show isn't finished, I hope it will be by the end of the week.
February 10th, 2006 | Philips Arena; Atlanta, Georgia
Right Where You Want Me To Be
This week Friday Night SmackDown! emanates from the Philips Arena, in Atlanta, Georgia, with what many have called the biggest SmackDown! of 2006, with possibly the biggest main event of all-time.
You could say that for the past two months, a battle has been waged whereby the SmackDown! roster has been laid to waste just so two men can get their hands on one another. Only, the term ‘men’ doesn’t do these two specimens, these two monsters, the justice that they deserve. The World Heavyweight Champion, Batista, and the number one contender, Mark Henry have been waging war for two months, not just to determine who is the rightful head of SmackDown!, not just to decide who deserves to be World Heavyweight Champion, but also to decide who is the king of the SmackDown! jungle. Is it ‘The Animal’, or is it ‘The Silverback’? After the two faced for the very first time at the Royal Rumble two weeks ago we were left with more questions than answers, as while Mark Henry left Batista in a bloody, broken and beaten mess, he didn’t beat him. He in fact got himself disqualified. Cue this Friday night. This Friday night we find out who is the rightful World Heavyweight Champion, and who is the king of the jungle. Will ‘The Animal’ see off yet another challenge, or will ‘The Silverback’ continue his path of destruction?
Another man who has been making an impact of late is the brash and arrogant Mr. Kennedy. Having made his debut on SmackDown! late last year, Kennedy made an instant impact, defeating five former world champions in his first few months on the blue brand. However, the upstart was put on the shelf with a back injury, seemingly ending his momentum. Kennedy, of course, refused to be silenced, as he still stuck around, demanding mic time, and even creating his own talk show, The Open Mic, in order to be heard. One man who wouldn’t put up with this was Rey Mysterio, as he confronted Kennedy on the very first Open Mic, telling Kennedy everyone was sick and tired of him, and that no one cared that he would be making his return at the Rumble. Kennedy disagreed, telling Rey that the Rumble would be his crowning achievement and saying that Rey wouldn’t have a chance in hell because he simply wasn’t big enough. Mysterio refused to back down though, prompting Kennedy to attack him, only for Rey to fight him off. Come the Royal Rumble Kennedy instantly went after Mysterio, looking to eliminate the little man, who had already been in the ring for fifteen gruelling minutes by the time Kennedy entered. Mysterio, however, showed his fight, eliminating Kennedy and continuing to show that size doesn’t matter. Kennedy, angered by his loss, attacked Mysterio last Friday night in the main event, costing him his tag match and causing him to be pinned by Randy Orton. Unsurprisingly, Kennedy has something to say following this, stating that he’ll ‘set the record straight’ on an edition of The Open Mic. What will Kennedy have to say, and will we see Mysterio confront him?
Mr. Kennedy wasn’t the only one to make an impact last week, as we also saw an extremely angry and dejected John ‘Bradshaw’ Layfield try and succeed to do the exact same thing. Angered that he had failed in his plight to win the Royal Rumble and headline WrestleMania, Layfield went to SmackDown! General Manager, Theodore Long, and complained that it was an outrage that he wasn’t going to be headlining WrestleMania, before demanding that he be inserted into the World Heavyweight Title match between Batista and Mark Henry so he can take his rightful place in the WrestleMania main event. Long, however, wasn’t interested, and told JBL that if he was angry he failed at the Royal Rumble, perhaps he should take it out on the man who eliminated him. Perhaps surprisingly, JBL did just that, attacking a man who was wrestling his first match on Friday Night SmackDown! for the year ... The Undertaker. JBL did nothing short of destroy ‘The Deadman’, leaving him in a mess, smearing his blood across the ring as some sort of trophy. Following this heinous attack from the self made millionaire, will we at least see some sort of an explanation tonight?
While JBL has his problems with The Undertaker, his ‘Hired Gun’ Brent Albright has been having problems with another freak in The Boogeyman. After running from him for the past two weeks, will Albright finally stand up and fight the man he claims he isn’t scared of, or will be back off yet again?
In other action we will see Kid Kash defend his Cruiserweight Championship again this week, this time against Scotty 2 Hotty, Matt Hardy take on one half the WWE Tag Team Champions, Johnny Nitro, along with The Bluebloods, United States Champion, Booker T, Orlando Jordan, 2006 Royal Rumble winner, Randy Orton, Chris Benoit, Finlay & Bobby Lashley all in the arena for what promises to be one of, if not the best show of 2006. Tune in 9/8C on The CW Network to see all this action and more.