Re: WWE: A Strong Response
Friday Night Smackdown Preview
Friday 10th October 2008
Live from the XL Center
No Mercy was quite the show this past Sunday night, and it sure ended in controversial fashion in what turned out to be a chaotic finish to the main event for the World Heavyweight Championship. CM Punk thought he had put to bed the belief of some of his doubters that he was a fortunate World Champion after his impressive victory over Shawn Michaels at SummerSlam, however those doubters & critics may well be questioning his luck as champion after both Edge & John Cena made their presence felt in a big way.
When The Rated-R Superstar hit the ring, his brother, Christian was in control and had Punk on the edge. That was until he was speared out of his boots by Edge having gotten in to it with his brother earlier in the evening. Before Edge could do any more damage, Cena stormed the scene and gave him a big F-U, and as angry Jericho rose to his feet to see Cena standing there, he flew at him, only to get the same treatment as Edge. Punk was there to pick up the pieces though, and after catching Cena off guard with the G-T-S, the groggy Christian was next in line as Punk went on to retain the title in the dubious circumstances.
We now know that the World Champion will move on to the Survivor Series to take on John Cena in a traditional elimination match that will see Cena fighting for the right to earn a title shot against Punk at Night of Champions. After the chaos of Sunday night, we may well be in for a repeat when Smackdown and the two team captains roll in to Hartford this Friday night.
Shawn Michaels came through what was a tougher battle than many may expected from ‘The All-American American’ Jack Swagger who pushed him right to the limit Sunday night. With The Miz watching from the front row, The Heartbreak Kid was at times distracted but fought through to earn what was a very hard earned victory. He wasn’t done there though and challenged The Miz to join him in the ring, and just as it looked like they were going to go at it, Mr. Hollywood had a change of heart and turned his back on both the ring & Michaels.
On Raw this week however, The Miz spoke of how he wasn’t intimidated by The Heartbreak Kid and would be heading to Smackdown this week as he has something he wants Michaels to hear. What on earth does the arrogant Raw superstar have to say? Michaels also has something else to contend with in the shape of a rematch from No Mercy against Swagger live from the XL Center. Tazz was obviously so impressed with their match he wants to see them compete again. Will Michaels be able to focus on Swagger and emerge victorious again? Tune in to find out. If Sunday was anything to go by, you simply have to!
Also in action this week will be the WWE Tag Team Champions, The UK Pack. Harry Smith & Paul Burchill were one of four champions to successfully defend their titles at No Mercy, and they will be in action against a familiar face in ‘The Masterpiece’ Chris Masters. They will be taking on Masters and his rookie, Ryan Sheffield in a non-title match, and after being defeated by Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas at No Mercy, they will be looking for a victory in Hartford when they meet the champions.
Their conquerors, Lashley & Haas will also be competing this Friday when they meet the team that couldn’t take the titles away from The UK Pack, Petey Williams & Johnny Devine. The Canadian duo will be going all out to return to winning ways, but if No Mercy is anything to go by, that won’t be an easy task against the formidable team of Lashley & Haas.
Not for the first time, Matt Sydal defeated Shelton Benjamin in what was last chance saloon for The Gold Standard as the King of the Ring claimed victory in their ladder match for the United States Championship. There’s no stopping Sydal right now as his incredible roll continues, but what does this further defeat mean for Benjamin?
Beth Phoenix was the final champion to retain her title when she overcame the challenge of Mickie James & Michelle McCool in a triple threat match. The Glamazon was in fine form and had to be to fight off the hungry competition. She’s been able to fend off every challenge thrown at her since becoming the Diva’s Champion at The Great American Bash. Is anyone going to be able to defeat The Glamazon?
Elijah Burke pulled off a huge victory for him and his girlfriend, Layla at No Mercy when he defeated Dolph Ziggler with a potential date between his rival & girlfriend hanging in the balance if Ziggler could beat him. Fortunately he didn’t, thanks in a large part to Layla who came to her boyfriend’s rescue, taking a steel chair away from Ziggler before cracking it against his skull. That now means Ziggler has to stay away from them, and as happy as it will make them, how angry will Dolph be this Friday when he arrives in Hartford?
Santino Marella is quickly getting under the skin of the Cruiserweight Champion, Johnny Jeter, and last week after he & Chavo Guerrero went all out to teach their rookies a lesson, the Italian flew down to the ring to save the day for J-Red & Yoshi Tatsu. It didn’t go down well at all with Jeter & Chavo, especially Jeter. Will the usually vengeful Jeter be out for revenge this week? History would say so, but you’ll have to tune in to find out.
Smackdown promises to be an eventful show this week, and with all the No Mercy fall out and the road to Survivor Series getting underway, it’s a show you’d be mad to miss! Make sure you don’t!
>Confirmed for This Week on Smackdown<
The UK Pack vs. Chris Masters & Ryan Sheffield
Shawn Michaels vs. Jack Swagger
Bobby Lashley & Charlie Haas vs. Petey Williams & Johnny Devine