Re: WWE: The Evolution Of Greed
~Friday Night Smackdown~
January 12th, 2007
Friday Night Smackdown comes to Peoria, Illinois with the effects of last week being felt all over the blue brand. In a fatal four way match, Finlay out lasted three former Heavyweight Champions, namely The Undertaker, Kane and King Booker, to become the number one contender to the World Heavyweight Championship. With Finlay now guaranteed to meet Batista at the Royal Rumble, the pair will meet tonight in tag team action with both men looking to score what could prove to be an early psychological advantage. Partnering Batista will be Kane, the man who suffered a shillelagh shot to the skull last week from Finlay, while the crafty Irishman will be teaming up with the upstart Mr. Kennedy, who claimed last week that it was time for the veterans of Smackdown to move over, allowing a new challenger such as himself to emerge. Kennedy talked a good game last week, but can he deliver tonight? Will Finlay show exactly why he is a challenger to be feared? Or will Batista once again prove why he has been the dominant force on Smackdown for the last few months?
After his brutal assault of Matt Hardy last week, Joey Mercury gained a measure of revenge on the man who so badly damaged his face back at Armageddon. The attack left Hardy with a concussion, to the extent that Hardy will not be in the arena tonight. Because of this, Mercury sets out tonight to establish himself as a force and put himself in the hunt for the United States Championship. Standing in his way however is the Champion Chris Benoit. The Rabid Wolverine has never been one to show mercy on an opponent, so Mercury's facial trouble will be of no concern to The Crippler. What will be of concern to Benoit though is the presence of the man who jumped him after the bell last week, the debuting Test. The former ECW man made his presence felt in a big way on Smackdown with his devastating beat down of Benoit. With Test also in action tonight against Smackdown's toughest man in a dress, Big Vito, it will be interesting to see if another confrontation takes place between Benoit and Test, and whether or not Joey Mercury can sustain the momentum he's built recently.
During six man tag team action last week, Brian Kendrick and Paul London, the WWE Tag Team Champions, brawled their way backstage with their recent nemesis' William Regal and Dave Taylor. With London and Kendrick determined to finally put their conflict with The Bluebloods to sleep, the pair demanded one final match with English duo. However, Smackdown General Manager Teddy Long also expressed a desire to see these two teams finally settle things, so he has ordered for The Hooligans to put their gold on the line! Tonight, The Hooligans and The Bluebloods meet in one final match to finally settle the score. Also, having been confronted by French Canadian bombshell Maryse last week, London, Kendrick and perhaps most importantly Ashley Massaro will no doubt be on the lookout for Maryse, with Ashley in particular curious as to the Canadien's agenda.
Elsewhere, the Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms will no doubt be looking to bounce back from his defeat to Batista last week, while we get a first glimpse at the self proclaimed new Miz. Will The Miz's new associate Michelle McCool help put Miz on the path to glory when he takes on Jimmy Wang Yang? Plus, after being chokeslammed through the announce desk last week during the fatal four way, King Booker has a message he wishes to give The Undertaker. While we know Booker will be on the mic, will The Deadman be in attendance to receive the message personally? Find out as Smackdown continues down the long and winding Road to the Rumble!!
Batista and Kane vs. Finlay and Mr. Kennedy
WWE Tag Team Championship Match: The Hooligans vs. The Bluebloods
Non Title Match: United States Champion Chris Benoit vs. Joey Mercury
Test vs. Big Vito
The Miz vs. Jimmy Wang Yang
Plus: King Booker Addresses The Undertaker!!