SmackDown Five-Point Preview: Jan. 25, 2013

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January 25, 2013

1. What will happen when The Rock and CM Punk address The Shield?

Just two days before their WWE Championship Match at Royal Rumble, The Rock and WWE Champion CM Punk have each made it clear that they will journey to SmackDown tonight at 8/7 CT on Syfy. The Straight Edge Superstar has stated that he will call out The Shield on the blue brand, while The People’s Champion will address being attacked by Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns on Monday’s Raw.

After being brutalized by Ambrose, Rollins and Reigns on Raw Monday, The Great One will no doubt have strong words for the triple-powerbombing trio.

But what about Punk? The Straight Edge Champion — who is a staggering 432 days into his WWE Championship reign — was informed on Raw by WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon that he will be stripped of his precious title if The Shield interfere Sunday. While he has repeatedly declared that he has no connection to the dangerous faction, will that latest stipulation change Punk’s tune? Or is he simply setting himself up to suffer a three-on-one assault, just two days before one of the biggest battles of his life?

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