SmackDown Five-Point Preview: Oct. 12, 2012

Has Ziggler made a Big Red mistake?

Team Hell No vs. Alberto Del Rio & Dolph Ziggler: Raw, Oct. 8, 2012

Alberto Del Rio & Dolph Ziggler compete against the Tag Team Champions in a Non Title Match.

On Monday Night Raw, after Alberto Del Rio was sent to the ringside floor in tag team action, WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No overcame Dolph Ziggler. The following day, The Showoff wasted little time offering his reaction, Touting a huge SmackDown challenge to The Big Red Monster.

However, has Mr. Money in the Bank bit off more than he can chew? He has already guaranteed that he will emerge from the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view in 16 days as the World Heavyweight Champion, which means he would have to overcome either Sheamus or Big Show — a tall order to be sure. Moreover, he is still recovering from a heated battle with WWE Champion CM Punk one week ago in the SmackDown main event. Not exactly the best time to take on a Superstar with the horrific aggression of The Devil’s Favorite Demon.

Ziggler has demonstrated week after week that he is both outspoken and pompous. However, one thing The Showoff has not shown is fear. Whether that bravery will reach its limit against the menacing force that is WWE Tag Team Champion Kane remains to be seen tonight.

Who will win the Brogue Kick vs. KO Punch Contest?

Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett: Raw, Oct. 8, 2012

Wade Barrett gets a chance to score a win over the World Heavyweight Champion.

At Hell in a Cell, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus will battle Big Show for the first time, putting his coveted title on the line against the mighty giant. Both Superstars are intensely brutal, determined to emerge victorious and have an extremely dangerous arsenal at their disposal. But which of their signature maneuvers is the most powerful?

That question may be answered at the top of tonight’s show, when SmackDown General Manager Booker T will oversee a high-impact contest to determine which finisher carries the most bang for the buck: The Great White’s Brogue Kick or The World’s Largest Athlete’s KO Punch. WWE Universe, brace yourself!

Will Del Rio feel the strike of The Viper?

Alberto Del Rio attacks Randy Orton after SmackDown goes off the air: Exclusive, Sept. 28, 2012

After Randy Orton's brutal match with Big Show Alberto Del Rio returns to dish out more punishment.

Two weeks ago, after being RKO’d earlier in the show, Alberto Del Rio attacked Randy Orton twice on SmackDown. The first assault was a sneak attack, just before Orton’s World Title No. 1 Contender’s Match against Big Show — a crafty move that ultimately contributed to WWE’s Apex Predator losing that contest. Then, once The World’s Largest Athlete emerged victorious, Del Rio continued his onslaught after SmackDown went off the air.

In typical fashion, Del Rio mocked the absent Orton last week by entering to his adversary’s music and impersonating the nine-time World Champion in the middle of the ring.

But, will The Mexican Aristocrat still be joking after tonight? Earlier this week, The Viper tweeted that he would be on SmackDown. The serpentine Superstar is not exactly known for his restraint, and Del Rio will have no idea when or where he will attack.

Will SmackDown once again fall prey to the treachery of Slater, McIntyre and Mahal?

Zack Ryder & Santino Marella vs. Team Rhodes Scholars - WWE Tag Team Title No. 1 Contenders' Tournament Match: Raw, Oct. 8, 2012

Team Rhodes Scholars and Santino Marella & Zack Ryder look to make it to the final of the Tag Team Title Tournament.

On the Sept. 21 of SmackDown, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal jumped into a match between Brodus Clay and Heath Slater. The One-Man Band then joined them in launching an earth shattering 3-on-1 assault on The Funkasaurus. The treacherous trio has since repeated their combined onslaughts, most recently attacking Zack Ryder & Santino Marella on Monday’s Raw, moments after Long Island Iced Z & The Milan Miracle where defeated by Team Rhodes Scholars in the semifinals of the WWE Tag Team Tournament.

Tonight, the former United States Champions will seek retribution in a showdown against Slater & Mahal. But, while the latter and their cohort, The Chosen One, continue their air guitar–playing ways, are Santino & Ryder actually playing with fire?

Who will get tag team momentum, heading into Monday’s tournament final?

Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara vs. The Prime Time Players - WWE Tag Team Title No. 1 Contenders' Tournament Match: Raw, Oct. 8, 2012

Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara look to advance in the Tag Team Title Tournament by defeating The Prime Time Players.

Speaking of tag teams, this Monday on Raw, Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara will battle Team Rhodes Scholars in the finals of the WWE Tag Team Tournament. The winners will challenge WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No for the titles at WWE Hell in a Cell.

While the matchup presents an interesting showdown in itself — the high-flying, fast-paced skills of the luchadores against the cerebral cunning of Rhodes & Sandow — it may just come down to who has the momentum. This makes the question of who will emerge triumphant in tonight’s explosive contest between Sin Cara and Damien Sandow extremely important.   

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