SmackDown Five-Point Preview: Aug. 31, 2012

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August 31, 2012

Will “Money” talk or will The Viper Strike?


One week ago, Alberto Del Rio made Randy Orton tap out to become the No. 1 contender for the World Title at Night of Champions (MATCH PREVIEW). Moments after the bell, the victorious Mexican Aristocrat got the post-match drop on World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus with the help of Ricardo Rodriguez’s shoe. Then, before the WWE Universe could catch their collective breath, Mr. Money in the Bank, Dolph Ziggler, emerged, looking to cash in his golden opportunity on the fallen titleholder. But, his plans came to a crashing halt when a recovered Orton hit The Showoff with the RKO, cutting short Ziggler’s chance at championship gold.

As a result of the turbulent events of the SmackDown main event, SmackDown General Manager Booker T tweeted Monday that The Viper will battle The Showoff tonight.

Ziggler may be larger-than-life. But, he is also extremely dangerous and constantly out to prove himself. He won the Money in the Bank contract amid incredible pressure and his recent conflict with Chris Jericho ended with the first-ever Undisputed WWE Champion being forced out of WWE. Translation: He is not one to be taken lightly.

On the other hand, WWE’s Apex Predator is just as dangerous, if not more so. And after being forced to tap out to Del Rio’s Cross Armbreaker, the nine-time World Champion will, without a doubt, be looking to re-establish himself as a top contender tonight.

Speaking of the top of the mountain, it will be interesting to see what role, if any, Sheamus and Del Rio will play in the action — considering the turbulent history of the four Superstars in recent weeks. Then again, perhaps both the World Heavyweight Champion and his No. 1 contender will opt to concentrate on each other, just 16 days before they square off for the World Title at Night of Champions.

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