Re: WWE 2005: Raising the Bar.
WWE Friday Night Smackdown preview- 5/6/05, DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts
Following the draft lottery from Raw on Monday, Smackdown comes to you from the DCU Center in Worcester. Matt Hardy, Snitsky, Tajiri, The Hurricane, Chris Masters, Rhyno and Randy Orton all made the switch to Friday Nights with Smackdown losing the Basham Brothers, Mark Jindrak, Charlie Haas and the Big Show. With these new additions to the roster, how will they respond to the challenge and who will make their debut this Friday night?
Perhaps the biggest draft pick of all was the Legend Killer Randy Orton who was eliminated in the interbrand battle royal by Rob Van Dam, leading to Orton being drafted to Friday nights. Ever since Wrestlemania, Orton has been desperate to get retribution from his loss to the Undertaker and with the two now being on the same show, Orton will no doubt be seeking revenge. Monday on Raw, Orton was greeted with a tombstone piledriver to welcome him to the blue brand from the Deadman himself. What will Orton have to say to that and how will Orton react this Friday night?
Also on Raw Monday night we saw JBL win a triple threat #1 contenders match against Rey Mysterio and Kurt Angle. JBL is now set to go on to Judgment Day where he will get his rematch for the WWE title against John Cena. How will the champion feel knowing that JBL is the man he must face in less than 3 weeks time? And what will JBL do to celebrate getting his title opportunity? Tune in this Friday for the answers as Kurt Angle has been confirmed to give his thoughts.
During that triple threat match on Raw, it looked as though Kurt Angle was gonna get the victory until JBL conned Angle by using Shawn Michaels’ music as a distraction. Angle and Michaels both hoped that the draft would be kind to them, however they were kept apart much to the fans discontent all over the world. What will Angle’s next step be in this feud with Michaels and what will Angle have to say regarding the WWE title now?
Also, over the past few weeks we’ve seen Rob Van Dam have his issues with MNM. The trio of Mercury, Nitro and Melina have been a thorn in Van Dam’s side and have vowed to take Van Dam out of the equation as they continue to pester Teddy Long for the vacant WWE Tag team championships. Will MNM get their wish this Friday or will Teddy Long or Rob Van Dam get in their way?
Find out all the answers to these questions and much much more, this Friday night on Smackdown!