SmackDown Five Point Preview: May 25, 2012
Will Sheamus apologize to John Laurinaitis?
In the wake of the shocking events on Sunday at WWE Over the Limit and Monday’s explosive Raw SuperShow, here are five things that the WWE Universe should keep an eye on during tonight's Friday Night SmackDown on Syfy.
On Monday’s Raw SuperShow, hotheaded World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus stormed the ring to help John Cena. In the process, he plowed over the already-injured Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and General Manager of Raw and SmackDown, John Laurinaitis. ( WATCH | PHOTOS)
Sheamus’ collision with “Mr. Excitement” may or may not have been a mistake. Either way, The Great White has surely raised the ire of the GM. Seeing as how Mr. Laurinaitis once handed down a record-breaking $500,000 fine and a status of permanent probation to the first-ever Irish-born World Heavyweight Champion, will Sheamus say he's sorry? ( FULL STORY) And if he does, will "Big Johnny" accept?
Who will step up to become the No. 1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship?
Neither Randy Orton, Chris Jericho nor Alberto Del Rio captured the World Heavyweight Championship from Sheamus at WWE Over the Limit. The Celtic Warrior emerged from the brutal Fatal 4-Way Match physically battered, but not broken. ( PHOTOS)
Following that epic contest and his inspired defense against Daniel Bryan in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match at Extreme Rules, ( PHOTOS) The Great White has proven himself to be a worthy and resilient champion. So, who’s next for the Superstar who loves to fight? Who will be the new No. 1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title?
While Chris Jericho has been suspended indefinitely, due to an incident in Brazil Thursday night, it is still possible that either of Sheamus' other 4-Way opponents could once again step to the plate. After all, as fierce as a Fatal 4-Way Match is, the number of Superstars involved and the limited odds for victory can hardly lay to rest the threat of any individual challenger.
Then again, there is also Christian, who returned to win the Intercontinental Championship last Sunday. Captain Charisma was once promised a World Heavyweight Title contest if he joined Team Laurinaitis and they won at WrestleMania. Just because he ended up being too injured to compete in that match doesn't change the fact that a deal was struck.
On that note, could other “People Power” supporters like David Otunga, The Miz, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger or Cody Rhodes make the case for the golden opportunity of challenging Sheamus?
How will Cody Rhodes handle his title loss to new Intercontinental Champion Christian?
Cody Rhodes’ second Intercontinental Title reign was drastically shorter than his first. After 21 days, Rhodes was shockingly unseated by Christian, who returned after eight months away due to injury to win a “People Power” Battle Royal and the Intercontinental Championship contest at WWE Over the Limit. ( PHOTOS)
Conceited, resentful and angry, Rhodes is not the kind of Superstar to stand idly by while someone holds what he believes is rightfully his. The former Intercontinental Champion could move on, but since he is entitled to a rematch with Christian, it’s hard to imagine that the outspoken Superstar would pass on an opportunity to settle the score, healing his damaged ego and again proving his worth in the process.
Will Rhodes invoke his rematch clause and challenge new Intercontinental Champion Christian this Friday?
Will an angry giant cast a shadow over SmackDown?
On Raw SuperShow, John Cena and the WWE Universe wanted Big Show to explain his appalling actions Sunday, when The World’s Largest Athlete shockingly nailed Cena with the WMD to help John Laurinaitis win his match at WWE Over the Limit. ( PHOTOS)
Big Show answered Cena in a scorching tirade, refusing to apologize for his actions and saying he "did what he had to do." Big Show continued, yelling at Cena for judging him and promised to knock him out at WWE No Way Out. ( MATCH PREVIEW) He then actually knocked the Cenation leader out after Raw’s main event.
The former fan favorite made his “agreement” with "Big Johnny" apparent during his rant on Raw. Since “Mr. Excitement” is also the General Manager of SmackDown, it is reasonable to assume The World’s Largest Athlete will play a role tonight.
So, just what does an enraged Big Show mean for Friday nights? Unfortunately for many Superstars, it appears that Cena won’t be the only one to receive the WMD from an angry giant in the near future.
Is this the week Damien Sandow will finally make his official debut?
In addition to talking the talk, eventually Damien Sandow will also have to walk the walk.
Last week, the bearded academic declared the same of his next opponent, Yoshi Tatsu. When mocked as a chicken by the Japanese Superstar, Sandow grew irate, threw off his robe to reveal pink trunks and viciously battered Tatsu. ( WATCH | PHOTOS) Since the bell never rang, however, it was not an official match.
With the news that he is again scheduled to face Tatsu on SmackDown, will “The Enlightened One” finally “indulge” the WWE Universe by competing in an official match this week? (MORE ON SANDOW)