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Re: The King of Kings - World Wrestling Entertainment - 2008
WWE Friday Night SmackDown Preview - 29th August 2008
Emancipation from Edge
As of SummerSlam Edge has been sent to “hell” by The Undertaker and now the Phenom will look to recapture his spark on SmackDown without the Rated R Superstar breathing down his neck. From now on The Undertaker will look to move back to being that deadly superstar that everyone knew before his demise at One Night Stand in June. Someone who has also got rid of Edge is his soon to be ex-wife Vickie Guerrero. The General Manager has also stated that she would like to have a working relationship with Undertaker on SmackDown. Now this may not be an easy thing to believe for the fans or The Deadman himself but with Edge out the picture could this mean that Vickie Guerrero wants to make amends in her role as General Manager? Could it mean that she was really blinded by love? It is unsure for now but there is one way to find out, if there is another side to Vickie Guerrero or she is indeed as vindictive as portrayed over recent months, and that is to catch SmackDown.
The Game is up
Heading into SummerSlam many could not believe that, when going up against a seven foot animal and a former World Heavyweight Champion like The Great Khali, would Triple H be able to walk out still holding the WWE Championship. However, those who doubt Triple H usually get proven wrong and they did so here. Triple H failed on two pedigree attempts but when the third was locked in and executed it was lights out for Khali. With the news that The Great Khali picked up a knee injury at SummerSlam then we must move on and there will definitely be a new number one contender. There are so many names to choose from on the SmackDown roster like, MVP, Jeff Hardy, Shelton Benjamin, Big Show and even a guy like The Brian Kendrick and that’s not even counting The Undertaker. With Unforgiven in about three weeks then a challenger must be selected sooner rather than later, so it could be as early as this upcoming week on SmackDown. With the form that Triple H has been on since winning the championship at Backlash it would not be the most satisfying title opportunity for anyone but to be the best you got to beat the best, and right now Triple H holds that accolade.
From High to Low
Jeff Hardy has been on one hell of a roll since returning to Raw and then being drafted to SmackDown but moving into SummerSlam it was the months before that which MVP was more focused on. MVP is a man who really likes to run his mouth to get into his opponents head, however some have said his antics and disrespect towards Hardy has been way over the line. Jeff put it all behind him heading into the pay per view but it would be the man who likes to run his mouth who would pick up the win. Jeff though can feel hard done by as if it had not been for outside interference from the current United States Championship, Shelton Benjamin, he could have picked up the wwin. This past week on WWE.com Shelton has stated that he did not run in to save MVP but more to make a point, the point being that it is a “travesty” that those two would make SummerSlam but he didn’t. Benjamin suggested that they both deserve to be brought down a peg or two. Some tempers will be flying on SmackDown, none more so that Jeff who lost the match but he will allowed to vent those frustrations. Jeff will take on whoever is the first draftee from ECW.
Five more Extremists
As on Raw there will be five new names to the SmackDown locker room and one will have an instant chance to shine against Jeff Hardy. We do know that Evan Bourne, Tommy Dreamer, Stevie Richards, Matt Hardy and The Boogeyman have moved to Raw so it is not difficult to work out who remains but nevertheless it will be interesting to see the new dynamic of SmackDown once these new superstars come to Friday Nights to apply their trade.
Confirmed for SmackDown:
Kenny Dykstra vs. Carlito
Michelle McCool vs. Victoria
Jeff Hardy in Action
Vickie Guerrero addresses The Undertaker
Glory, Glory, Man United.