SmackDown Five-Point Preview: Sept. 28, 2012
Will it be the WMD or the RKO?
Monday night on Raw, Big Show returned to the squared circle in gigantic fashion, interrupting the match between Brodus Clay and Tensai and knocking out both massive Superstars with his earth-shattering WMD. Tonight, The World’s Largest Athlete will look to follow up that assault when he stomps his way onto SmackDown and into a one-on-one clash against Randy Orton and his always dangerous RKO.
WWE’s Apex Predator has been on an absolute tear lately. After making his intentions clear — several weeks ago — that he wants to face World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus for his illustrious title, he overcame Dolph Ziggler at Night of Champions, Tensai on both Raw and SmackDown and even teamed with The Great White to defeat The Showoff & Alberto Del Rio one week ago. And while his success seems to be putting him on the right track to a title opportunity in the near future, his impending clash with Big Show could prove to be the deciding factor.
As for The World Largest Athlete, it’s hard to tell what he’s after? Is he still driven by an indiscriminate urge to destroy anything in his path? Does he have something personal to prove to Orton himself? Or does he have immediate, golden aspirations on his mind. Regardless of the answer, one thing is for sure: Tonight, action will speak louder than words.
Will No. 1 contenders emerge from last week’s tag team anarchy?
Following a major chair assault on the tag team division one week ago ( WATCH), WWE Tag Team Champions Kane & Daniel Bryan, aka Team Hell No, suffered a painful sneak attack by Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow on Monday. ( WATCH)
The emergence of Team Rhodes Scholars stands as a shining example of the thriving tag team division that is currently taking WWE by storm. Teams like former champions Kofi Kingston & R-Truth, Sin Cara & Rey Mysterio, The Prime Time Players, The Usos and more are all poised to take on the unlikely, yet dominant, titleholders. But who will steps into the No. 1 contenders’ position at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view?
With Aksana out of the equation, is Cesaro’s United States Champion in immediate danger?
Last Friday, furious over a disruption that cost him a non-title match against former United States Champion Santino Marello, Antonio Cesaro broke up with his girlfriend, Aksana. ( WATCH)
Santino’s victory ultimately earned him another chance at the U.S. Title tonight. When the facts are properly analyzed, is his reclaiming the championship gold inevitable, now that it appears The Milan Miracle will truly be facing the Swiss champion one-on-one?
In addition to her obvious beauty, Aksana has been a valuable asset to her now ex-boyfriend. Not only was it her that introduced Cesaro into SmackDown in the first place, getting him a tryout match back when Theodore Long was General Manager, but she has also played a huge help in his recent matches, particularly against The Italian Stallion and his Cobra. Considering Santino’s longstanding ability to rise above the odds, a win tonight is very possible.
Does Sheamus want his “Miz TV”?
On the world premiere of “Miz TV” on Sept. 17 of Raw, Ryback interrupted and destroyed the set, hurling a couch over the top rope that almost flattened the host. While the specific precautions Intercontinental Champion, The Miz, should take to provide a safer, more well-balanced program are not completely clear, having World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus on tonight’s SmackDown premiere is probably is NOT a step in the right direction.
Considering The Great White’s temper and Miz’s inability to keep his opinion to himself, things could very well get out of hand in a hurry. What will happen when The Great White swims into Awesome waters?
Who will win when Beth Phoenix takes on Natalya?
For some time, the WWE Universe — particularly on social media — has been clamoring for a match between The Glamazon and third-generation Diva Natalya. While the battling beauties are friends, their supreme ability and thirst for competition promises that their showdown will be something to see, especially as it takes place in Beth’s hometown, Buffalo, N.Y.
But, as explosive as the match promises to be, one can’t help but wonder whether Beth’s mind will be totally in the game. After all, four days ago on Monday Night Raw, Kaitlyn revealed that security footage from the attack she suffered at Night of Champions showed that her attacker had blond hair. Divas Champion Eve wasted no time in pointing a finger at The Glamazon, before knocking her to the canvas.