Friday Night SmackDown comes your way tonight from Raleigh, NC. with several matches scheduled that will likely see blow back from Raw this past Monday. The following is on tap for tonight’s broadcast.
- With John Cena not in the building, Ryback will have the opportunity to focus solely on the task at hand…gaining momentum heading into his Last Man Standing Match for the WWE Championship at Extreme Rules. The situation involving Ryback’s opponent, however, is a little more complicated. Fandango has been known to stick his nose in Chris Jericho’s business before, and after raising the ire of the dancing newcomer this past Monday, I think it’s a safe bet Fandango might try to even the score on SmackDown. Perhaps try to injure his adversary ahead of their big Dance Off three days from now.
- United States Champion Kofi Kingston will be in action against Cody Rhodes.
- The Shield will continue their quest to bring justice to the Tag Team Championship when Dean Ambrose takes on Daniel Bryan. The conflict that began the night after WrestleMania has quickly elevated going back a couple weeks to Raw in London. It continued four nights ago at the conclusion of Kane’s match with Ryback, and another chapter is sure to be written tonight.
- The triangle war surrounding the World Heavyweight Championship has had some pretty unique dynamics worked into it to bring it to where it is today, and I would suggest we’ll see more of the same tonight. From each Superstar’s manager wrestling each other to each Superstar teaming with their managers to face off, we’ve almost seen it all…and this week it’s manager vs. contender. The cheap shot by Big E. on Swagger this past Monday lit a fire under Swagger not seen in a long time and we all witnessed the result. That encounter has no doubt set up this week’s 1-on-1 bout between Swagger and Langston, and I’d look for a very intense and physical battle from these two. How will the remaining parties factor into this one just nine nights away from the big Triple Threat Ladder Match?
- The issues between Randy Orton and Big Show have been well-documented since the failed attempt to derail The Shield at the “Show of Shows” last month, and the 7-foot giant raised the ante once again at Raw this week with an ambush attack as Orton left the stage. Although a match hasn’t been signed as of press time, you have to wonder when this conflict will end, and in what fashion? Will Randy Orton seek revenge tonight and take this feud up a notch?
Tune into SmackDown tonight at 8/7c only on SyFy!!!