CM Punk has held the WWE Championship since Survivor Series 2011, and is just over a week away from reaching one calendar year as champion. At Hell In A Cell, special guest referee John Cena mistakenly counted Ryback's shoulders to the mat, allowing Punk's reign to continue. Last week on Raw, it was Punk's turn to play referee as he called a number one contendership match between Ryback and Cena, with the winner facing Punk at Survivor Series. In an attempt to avoid defending his championship at the event, Punk counted both men out and declared he will not be defending his championship. With Survivor Series this coming Sunday, will Punk get the easy road to the one-year reign he craves, or will a number one contender be named tonight? With Chairman of the Board Mr McMahon scheduled for a rare appearance, anything is possible.
McMahon himself has promised a decision on the permanent General Manager of Raw. Has Vickie Guerrero done enough in her role as Managing Supervisor to get the job? Or will Vince have a surprise for the WWE Universe? Vince revealed on WWE.com that he will be naming the team captains for the traditional Survivor Series elimination match, who will he select?
It's a fearful night for AJ Lee, who has been forced into a one-on-one match with Kane by Guerrero. Lee has been trying to get the attention of Daniel Bryan for weeks now, will Bryan come to AJ's aid 6 nights before he faces his former partner at Survivor Series?
And, in what promises to be an emotional night, Jerry “The King” Lawler is scheduled to make his return to WWE after suffering a near-fatal heart attack.
January 3 2013 IMPACT Wrestling Preview "The man is back in town"
Many new stars will make their debuts on this historic first edition of what is to be the brand new IMPACT Wrestling. The X division will be especially benefitting from this brand new roster, as stars like Low Ki, Jay Lethal and Homicide will return tonight, all of whom will be participating in matches.
The Final Debut
In an interview with impactwrestling.com, Hulk Hogan informed us that one more star will be making his debut tonight. While we have no indication of who this may be, he promises that it will be an exciting reveal.
The return of the TNA Founder
Jeff Jarrett, the founder of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, will be making his return to the show tonight. He will be kicking off the show and addressing the TNA fans after the two month absence, revealing his plans for the future.
WWE Friday Night Smackdown Preview- 2/9/05- Tampa, Florida
Tonight on Smackdown we were supposed to be receiving a WWE Championship match with John Cena defending against the winner of a number one contender’s match between Kurt Angle and Randy Orton. Instead we head to Tampa with no championship match scheduled and a whole host of questions to be answered.
Kurt Angle and Randy Orton’s match last week was all going smoothly and we appeared in line for a winner, that was until The Undertaker made his presence felt and took out both his long time rival Orton and Angle, making a statement of intent. However, the Deadman would succumb to the numbers game as opponents for the night joined forces with Angle and Orton coming together to take down the Phenom until the arrival of the champion himself to even the odds, John Cena. Was The Undertaker simply out to get Randy Orton’s attention once again or is the Deadman indeed setting his sights on the WWE Title? We hope to find out tonight whether the Demon of Death Valley has inserted himself into the title picture and if not, we hope to find out just who is at the top of the list for John Cena’s next challenge.
Last week saw the first match for No Mercy made where MNM will defend their WWE Tag Team Championships in a LADDER match against Rob Van Dam and Rey Mysterio. The A-List champions were left reeling at this announcement, believing they’d seen the last of the high fliers, however Teddy Long took all evidence on board and decided MNM DID pay somebody off to help them retain their gold. We’re still no nearer finding out just who the mercenary was but with a title defence now scheduled, we are some way towards justice. Tonight we will see the champions in action as they team up with Carlito to take on Mysterio, Van Dam and the returning United States Champion, Matt Hardy who will no doubt be gunning for the Apple Spitter.
John Bradshaw Layfield shocked the world last week when he announced suddenly that he was retiring, citing Bobby Lashley as his reasoning. The ‘Real Deal’ was left shocked, a mixture of emotions as he seemed to want more of the Wall Street Warrior. Well it turns out he may indeed get it. Later that night backstage Lashley was heinously ambushed by Bradshaw with the ‘Wrestling God’ having simply played Lashley, having played us all and stating he was not retiring and was instead targeting Lashley and vowed to teach him a lesson. Lashley will NOT be in attendance tonight due to doctor’s orders but JBL will be and he will be in action. Will Layfield send yet another statement to the ‘Real Deal’?
Also confirmed for tonight, Paul London will be in action as he squares off against the Japanese Buzzsaw, Tajiri with Brian Kendrick by his side. The two who have been referred to as ‘The Hooliganz’ have finally one upped the tandem of Gregory Helms and Chavo Guerrero over the past couple of weeks, will that trend continue tonight with a London victory? Tune it to find out.
All this and so much more tonight on Friday Night Smackdown!!
Confirmed for Smackdown:
MNM and Carlito vs Rey Mysterio, Rob Van Dam and Matt Hardy
JBL will be in action
Paul London vs Tajiri
The fallout from all the drama surrounding the WWE Championship
April 29th, 2007
FedEx Forum; Memphis, Tennessee
WWE Championship Match: WWE Champion Rob Van Dam vs. John Cena
It was at WrestleMania XXIII where Rob Van Dam finally lived up to the high standards set throughout his career by becoming WWE Champion on the grandest stage of them all. Unlike his previous title win back at One Night Stand 2006, this title win was without controversy, a performance that left fans marvelling at the skills and determination shown by Van Dam as he overcame Shawn Michaels and Triple H in a Triple Threat Match. But since that night, 'RVD' has found himself trying to establish what kind of champion he plans on being. Never one to back down from a challenge, Van Dam has vowed to put the title on the line against anybody who steps up to face him, determined to be remembered as one of the most fighting champions in WWE history. And as far as Monday Night Raw is concerned, 'RVD' knows full well that there's no bigger challenger... than John Cena.
The night after WrestleMania, Cena marched down to the ring, interrupting Van Dam's victory speech and respectfully challenged the new champion to the rematch he never received after losing the title back at Raw: Night of Champion. Determined to live up to his words, Van Dam accepted, and even offered to defend the title that very night... until Mr. McMahon and his henchman, Bobby Lashley got involved. Using the excuse that it was “best for business”, McMahon instead forced Cena to earn a title shot in a WrestleMania rematch with Lashley, the winner to face Van Dam at Backlash. Cena prevailed that night, but it appears that the pressure and desire to get his title reign off to as strong a start as possible may be starting to get to the WWE Champion. He and Cena have nearly came to blows, and the whispers around the Raw locker room are that the pressure is starting to get to 'RVD', an opinion furthered by his defeat to Kenny Dykstra last Monday night. Will Cena take advantage and get back what was stolen from him two months ago? Can Van Dam handle the heat and prove his journey to the WWE Championship at WrestleMania was only the beginning of a title reign for the ages? And just what do Mr. McMahon and Bobby Lashley have in store for champion and challenger?
No Holds Barred Match: Shawn Michaels vs. Triple H
For the last decade, Shawn Michaels and Triple H have seen plenty of ups and down in their relationship with each other. From the 1997 creation of D-Generation X, to Michaels departure from the WWE due to injury, to Triple H's rise to the top, to Michaels' return and the wars between the two, wars that ultimately led to a D-X reunion, and then, those few months ago at Raw: Night of Champions, to where it all fell apart once again, 'The Game' and 'The Heartbreak Kid' have certainly built up a history full of heartache and triumph. But now, at Backlash, it all comes to a head as Triple H and Michaels prepare for what will be their 'Final Battle', a No Holds Barred Match that will settle the score, once and for all.
Since he stabbed his best friend in the back to become WWE Champion, Shawn Michaels has undergone a metamorphosis from the former fun loving fan favourite to the dark, soulless being we see today. Believing he has God in his corner, Michaels feels like it is his destiny that brought him the WWE Championship, only to have it taken away again, a well laid out path that has hellbent on ending the career of 'The Game'. From his shocking words with regards to Triple H's family, to his strange beliefs, Michaels is a shadow of his former self, a former self that nobody knows better than 'The Game'. After being friends with Michaels for so long, Triple H is determined that at Backlash, he can finally be the man to beat some sense back into 'The Heartbreak Kid', hoping that by breaking his body, he can break the grip that his religious beliefs have over Michaels. For 'The Game', Backlash is not only about revenge for Michaels' actions, is about clinging onto that glimmer of hope that somewhere deep inside still lives the old Shawn Michaels. Can Triple H be the one to release his former friend? Or is Shawn Michaels' faith rooted too deep inside, driving him on a path of destruction, one that has already ended D-Generation X forever?
Intercontinental Championship Match: Intercontinental Champion Kenny Dykstra vs. Carlito
What started out as a feud over the prestigious Intercontinental Championship has descended into a bitter, personal rivalry fuelled by deceit and betrayal... one that has Carlito determined to mend a broken heart y grabbing the gold. It was at WrestleMania XXIII where the world was shocked by the actions of Carlito's then girlfriend, Torrie Wilson. In the run up to the Intercontinental Title Match, Dykstra had been nothing but insulting and disrespectful to Torrie, a tactic which clearly had 'Lito riled up ahead of the match. Seeking to defend his girlfriend's honour, Carlito battered Dykstra from pillar to post, and was all but assured of victory... until Torrie executed the double cross felt around the world, spitting apple in Carlito's face, allowing Dykstra to grab the win and save his title. From that night on, Torrie and Kenny have been inseparable, looking to establish themselves as the new power couple on Raw. After a teaming up with Mickie James to beat Kenny and Torrie in a Mixed Tag Team Match, 'Lito has earned himself another opportunity at the gold... but this time he has the fire of his betrayal to to drive him to victory. With Torrie in his corner, can Dykstra survive the onslaught headed his way and retain his title? Or will Carlito become the new Intercontinental Champion, and in the process make Kenny and Torrie well and truly feel the Backlash?
World Tag Team Championships Match: World Tag Team Champions The World’s Greatest Tag Team vs. The Straight Edge Saints
For months, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas have been on a quest to re-establish the craft of tag team wrestling in the WWE, and in the process prove that the World's Greatest Tag Team isn't just a arrogant name they gave themselves. BY becoming champions and then beating SmackDown's WWE Tag Team Champions, The Hooligans, at WrestleMania, Haas and Benjamin have certainly gone a long way to proving themselves. But with the tag division on Raw in the midsts of a revival, the challengers are starting to line up, and the first team to take a shot at the gold are The Straight Edge Saints, CM Punk and Nick Dinsmore. After winning a Four Corners Match on Raw a few weeks ago, Punk and Dinsmore have been building momentum ahead of their title opportunity, with a strong win over The Redneck Wrecking Crew and then Punk's great performance to beat Benjamin in singles action. For Punk and Dinsmore, it's a young team's first ever shot at glory, while for Haas and Benjamin, it's another chance to show exactly why they call themselves 'the world's greatest'.
Money in the Bank Match: Mr. Money in the Bank Randy Orton vs. Jeff Hardy
Back in January, Jeff Hardy was Intercontinental Champion and headed to the Royal Rumble to defend his gold against Randy Orton's then apprentice, Kenny Dykstra. That was until Dykstra, with Orton's encouragement ringing in his ears, attacked Hardy before the match with a vicious one man con-chair-to. It was a miracle that Hardy even made it out to the ring to take part in the match, and it came as no surprise when Dykstra emerged victorious. When Hardy returned from a spell on the sidelines, Dykstra and Orton where his targets, but when Hardy attacked Dykstra during an Orton match, a distraction which cost Orton the victory, 'The Legend Killer' set his sights on Jeff. In the run up to WrestleMania, both men qualified for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and had several run ins and confrontations on Monday Night Raw. The rivalry continued into WrestleMania XXIII, the pair hammering each other, but ultimately it was Orton who would grab the briefcase, earning himself a title shot at any point over the next twelve months. But after a defeat to Rob Van Dam, Orton was ordered by Linda McMahon to defend the briefcase at Backlash, giving Hardy a second chance at glory. It's one of the most sought after possessions in the WWE, a contract guaranteeing a title shot at any time and any place... but just who is going to leave Backlash able to call themselves 'Mr. Money in the Bank'?
Women’s Championship Triple Threat Match: Women’s Champion Mickie James vs. Beth Phoenix vs. Victoria
Over the past few months, nobody can accuse Mickie James of being anything less than a fighting Women's Champion. Having spent much of the first few months of the year battling Victoria, James then became embroiled in a very personal rivalry with her former best friend Beth Phoenix. Time and time again, Mickie overcame the odds to defend the title, seeing off the two more powerful opponents. But now, Mickie face both Beth and Victoria in a Triple Threat Match, a match many feel will prove too much for James to overcome. It was of course Victoria who brought Beth back to Monday Night Raw, with 'The Glamazon' hungry to avenge an incident many years earlier when she and Mickie were both aspiring WWE divas. At WrestleMania, Mickie saw off Beth in singles action, but with this one shaping up to be nothing more than a Handicap Match, it seems like Mickie's title reign is in jeopardy. The only hope for the champion comes from the recent troubles between Beth and Victoria. After arguing over who would be the one to take the title, the pair then clashed again during a Tag Team Match against Mickie and Candice Michelle, costing them the match. While the odds are firmly against the champion, nobody would be surprised to see Mickie defy them one more time, bringing an end to her saga against Victoria and Beth in the process.
Six Person Intergender Tag Team Match: The Hart Legacy vs. Johnny Nitro, Chris Masters and Melina
2007 has been a pretty torrid year for Nitro, Masters and Melina. While as individuals they've managed to record rare victories, as a unit, Nitro and Masters have lost every Tag Team Match they've been involved in. The Hart Legacy meanwhile have enjoyed a relative amount of success in their short time as members of the Raw roster, impressive everyone with their combination of speed and power, and picking up important wins over established teams such as The Redneck Wrecking Crew. During the four team battle that saw The Straight Edge Saints earn the right to challenge The World's Greatest Tag Team tonight, Tyson Kidd and Harry Smith clashed on several occasions with Masters and Nitro, and even Melina and Natalya Niedhart mixed it up at ringside. It seems those confrontations have lit a spark under Nitro, Masters and Melina, with Melina beating Natalya and Masters overcoming Smith in singles competition. At Backlash, all six step into the ring for a Six Person Intergender Tag Team Match, a chance for Nitro and Masters to finally show they can win as a team, while The Hart Legacy are no doubt out to grab another massive win in their young WWE careers.
Friday Night 'Live' Smackdown
Friday 23rd January 2009 - Preview!
Live from the Crisler Arena
Ann Arbor, Michigan
There's been no lack of controversy when it comes to John Cena, CM Punk and the World Heavyweight Championship lately, but at the Royal Rumble this past Sunday night that was all supposed to come to an end. After forfeiting the title a month ago having declared his unease at carrying the title due to Stephanie McMahon screwing Punk, Cena was looking to win it fair & square. He didn't however, and neither did Punk. Once again we saw the match end in controversial circumstances when Raw's Homicide stormed the ring to break up the STFU on Punk before working together on Cena. The General Manager of Smackdown, Tazz had seen enough and made his way to the ring to put an end to it, only he ended up getting into it with Punk, so much so he swung a steel chair he took from Punk at him. Punk ducked though and Cena walked right into it, all but sealing Punk's victory. Tazz couldn't believe it and left the ring furious with himself, leaving Cena on a plate, but he wasn't done there as he stopped Stephanie getting to the ring, and she could only look on as Punk went on to finish Cena off with the GTS to become a two-time World Heavyweight Champion.
Then on Raw Monday night Stephanie didn't waste any time in announcing that she will be dealing with Tazz's actions this Friday night live in Ann Arbor, Michigan. However that's not all she announced. She stated that this week live on Smackdown, due to the outside interference at the Rumble, Punk will defend his title against Cena in what will be their final encounter. She also said that she will be at ringside to make sure there's no interference and that after talking with the board, if she so much as interferes in the match, not only will Punk automatically retain his title, she will be removed from her role as Executive Vice-President and the Board of Directors.
We're all set for a title collision without controversy but will that be the case? Cena & Punk also met in a tag team match on Raw this past Monday night when Punk teamed up with the man who helped him at the Rumble in Homicide to take on Cena & The Undertaker. It was a case of déjà vu too as this time Punk ducked a chair shot from Cena that hit The Undertaker, and Punk quickly rolled Cena up to get the win. Can Punk beat Cena for the third time this week, or will it be third time lucky for Cena? Whatever you do you won't want to miss their final encounter, and what will Stephanie have to say to Tazz? Make sure you tune in to find out.
Stephanie wasn't the only one left angry by events at the Royal Rumble, not by a long shot. 'The Rated-R Superstar' Edge was eliminated in the Rumble match won by Shawn Michaels, who has now returned to Raw having become the WWE Champion by virtue of winning the Rumble. Edge was furious at being eliminated by his brother Christian, just 48 hours after beating Captain Charisma on Smackdown. He'll have a chance to take out his anger on one of Smackdown's rising stars, Bryan Danielson this week, a man who beat Edge not so long ago after a distraction from Christian. It won't be an easy match for an angry Edge, that's for sure.
One person who can claim to be even more unfortunate than John Cena is the now former United States Champion and current King of the Ring, Matt Sydal. He was attacked before his match by a bitter Ted DiBiase, who again complained about Sydal beating him to the Slammy award for Breakthrough Star of the Year. Sydal ignored Ted's moaning and was jumped because of it, leading to him needing his ribs taped just moments before his United States title defence against Dolph Ziggler. Bravely he went on to defend the title and made an incredible effort in doing so, eventually falling short to a determined Ziggler. We'll see the new United States Champion in action this week but Sydal won't be in action until No Way Out in little over two weeks. We heard Eric Bischoff announce on Raw that he will meet Ted DiBiase one-on-one at the final pay-per-view before Wrestlemania. Will Sydal be on Smackdown this week to talk about that match?
The final title defence at the Rumble was by Paul London & Brian Kendrick when they put the WWE tag team titles on the line for the first time after only winning them a couple of weeks ago from The Empire. The British duo got their rematch with William Regal & Katie Lee banned from ringside, and London & Kendrick showed that their win two weeks back wasn't a fluke by overcoming Wade Barrett & Drew McIntyre in an intense battle to the end. The reunion of London & Kendrick is very much for real!
For all this & more make you sure you tune into Smackdown this week with the biggest main event in recent memory. You'd be a fool not to!
>Confirmed for this week on Smackdown!<
World Heavyweight Championship
The Final Encounter
John Cena vs. CM Punk (c)
Bryan Danielson vs. Edge
The new United States Champion, Dolph Ziggler in action!