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As reported on WWE.com earlier this week, General Manager Theodore Long is determined to bring a throng of fresh, young Superstars to the SmackDown brand by relaunching the New Talent Initiative (NTI).

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Bobby Lashes Back

Bobby Lashley stormed into the ring on SmackDown looking to make a statement, and he did so without having to say a single word. It was only fitting, considering the last time we saw Lashley at The Great American Bash, the look on his face said more than his words could have hoped to express.

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Arena Report - Continental Airlines Arena

SmackDown returns to the Continental Airlines Arena in New Jersey tonight, and King Booker will step into the squared circle to face Undertaker. Last week, Chavo Guerrero helped King Booker retain his World Heavyweight Championship by betraying his long-time friend, Rey Mysterio. This week, the benevolent King will look to cement his legacy by making it out of the swamps of the Meadowlands -- a legendary Wise Guy burial ground -- alive.

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Mr. Kennedy is a man with a plan

Mr. Kennedy has a 2-0 record against Batista, but has never gotten a pin on the former World Heavyweight Champion. At Friday Night SmackDown, Kennedy will try to silence his critics with a trifecta over the big man.

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Diva Search dessert

The goal for the five remaining Diva Search finalists on this week's Friday Night SmackDown was to take thirty seconds to tell WWE fans the reason they believe they deserve their vote to stay in the 2006 $250,000 Diva Search. Well…that's what the finalists were told anyway.

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Challenge from the grave

On a fast-paced Friday night, The Great Khali ruined a classic encounter between a Champion King and a Phenom, Chavo Guerrero and Rey Mysterio dramatically clashed, Lashley returned to the ring in a big way, and Batista relieved three weeks of frustration when he took out the obnoxious Mr. Kennedy, all on another action-filled edition of SmackDown.

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Going on the record

This week on SmackDown, the world will finally learn why Chavo Guerrero severed one of the most deep-rooted friendships ever seen in sports-entertainment. On Friday, Chavo promises to go on the record and address his deplorable actions against Rey Mysterio, a lifelong friend of Chavo and the Guerrero family.

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Benevolent King ready for challenge

Just two weeks into his reign, King Booker, like it or not has quickly assumed the role of a fighting Champion. WWE.com has learned that this Friday on SmackDown, the new World Heavyweight Champion will face Undertaker in one-on-one combat. Most Superstars shudder at the thought of facing the Phenom, but not King Booker. SmackDown's royalist of Champions welcomes the challenge of the Deadman.

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NTI changing Friday nights

WWE.com has learned that SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long intends on once again deploying a New Talent Initiative (NTI), promising a cavalcade of new, talented Superstars who will appear on SmackDown in the coming months.

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