SmackDown Five Point Preview: June 1, 2012

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June 01, 2012

Will the WWE Championship change hands on SmackDown for the first time in four years?

As an impactful week of WWE action continues to build steam, here are five things that the WWE Universe should keep an eye on during tonight's SmackDown on Syfy — beginning with the WWE Title picture.

For the first time in four years, the WWE Championship will be contested on a Friday night. When WWE Champion CM Punk emerges for action in Baton Rouge, La., he will put his illustrious title on the line against an angry, jilted monster in Kane, who has — willingly or not — become intertwined in the conflict between The Second City Saint and Daniel Bryan.

Surely primed to make the most of his title opportunity — in the type of high-pressure situation that he always thrives in — The Devil’s Favorite Demon is a serious threat to Punk’s nearly 200-day WWE Title reign. As the WWE Universe knows, the masked grappler is one of the most destructive forces the squared circle has ever known, and his ruthless aggression and thirst for vengeance can only work in his favor.

There’s an old saying about not waking a sleeping dog for fear of its bite. And now that The Big Red Monster seems to have become a pawn in the high stakes rivalry between Punk and Bryan, just how much more dangerous have they made their explosive situation? And could it all ultimately backfire with Kane walking out of SmackDown the new WWE Champion?

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