SmackDown Five-Point Preview: Mar. 15, 2013
Can SmackDown withstand the sheer force of Ryback vs. Mark Henry?
The WWE Universe has watched anxiously as Ryback and Mark Henry have continually crossed each other’s paths in recent weeks. Thus far, however, the two monsters have yet to come to blows. But now, thanks to SmackDown General Manager Booker T, the highly anticipated blockbuster between the behemoths will push the blue brand to the brink tonight!
What will happen when these two titans of seemingly unlimited strength collide in the center of the SmackDown ring? Can Ryback stand pound-for-pound with The World’s Strongest Man? Be sure to tune in tonight, only on Syfy, to find out!
Can Jericho silence Swagger?
Tonight’s SmackDown main event will pit two vocal Superstars against one another, as six-time World Champion Chris Jericho takes on No. 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Title, Jack Swagger.
Along with his mentor and “Founding Father” Zeb Colter, Swagger has made no bones about his radical shift in views since his return to WWE. Saying that Swagger and his compatriot have been outspoken lately is an understatement, but he’s also let his in-ring ability do its fair share of talking, dominating opponents on a seriously frightening level.
Across the ring will be Y2J, dangerous Superstar who’s certainly not the type to sit back and take any flak. So the WWE Universe had better brace itself for a classic showdown when the Canada-raised Jericho takes on the “Real American” tonight.
Will The Shield continue to seek ‘justice’ on Orton & Sheamus?
It seems like Randy Orton & Sheamus are incapable of taking even a single step without The Shield shadowing their every move. As seen on WWE Active Monday night, the “Hounds of Justice” swarmed — just moments after The Viper and The Celtic Warrior prevailed in their match against Team Rhodes Scholars and laid waste to the erudite duo.
While Orton & Sheamus will certainly be focused on their scheduled rematch against Cody Rhodes & Damien Sandow tonight, they’ll no doubt have visions of The Shield in the back of their minds. Will Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns once again put The Viper and The Celtic Warrior in their crosshairs?
And more importantly, will Orton & Sheamus be ready?
Will the returning Bellas fracture the Divas division?
After The Bella Twins made their shocking return to WWE Monday on Raw, there is definitely a new dynamic inside the Divas division. How Brie and Nikki’s re-emergence might affect the Divas Title picture heading into WrestleMania remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure — the road to The Show of Shows runs through Fort Wayne, Ind., tonight on SmackDown.
Whose path will the duo cross first? Tune in at 8/7 CT to find out.
Will Kane unleash hell on The Showoff?
WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No haven’t exactly had the most …traditional… run as partners, but the two have been on the same page lately. That said, after Dolph Ziggler’s Raw victory over Daniel Bryan and Big E Langston’s adding insult to injury in a post-match assault on the bearded submission specialist, Kane has set his sights squarely on The Showoff. Add given the fact that Kane is coming off an emotionally charged Raw that saw him pay tribute to the late, great Paul Bearer by taking on a disrespectful CM Punk, he now looks ahead to SmackDown and the opportunity to avenge his partner’s loss.
But with AJ Lee and Big E perennially lurking at ringside, is that too tall a task for even The Big Red Monster to tackle?