SmackDown Five-Point Preview: May 24, 2013
Will Kofi and The Miz lay the SmackDown for title gold tonight?
After losing his United States Championship to The Shield’s Dean Ambrose at Extreme Rules, Kofi Kingston gets a rematch with the eccentric “Hound of Justice” tonight on SmackDown. The Miz will also challenge Wade Barrett for the Intercontinental Title on the same night!
If The Shield had any doubters remaining, their monumental U.S. and WWE Tag Team Title victories at Sunday’s pay-per-view definitively demonstrated that Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins will be a dominant force in WWE for a long time to come. A successful title defense tonight for Ambrose would serve to further establish the black-clad Superstar as a brilliant singles competitor. Kofi, however, remains undaunted in the face of the dangerous faction. So, will Ambrose’s burgeoning U.S. Title reign come to an abrupt end tonight?
The Miz may be outspoken, but he has shown time and time again that he has what it takes to back it up. Translation: The Barrett Barrage could very well lose the title by tapping to the Figure-Four Leg Lock for the second time in a week.
What will happen when Heyman and Curtis Axel journey to SmackDown?
Leave it to Paul Heyman to always have a trick up his sleeve. On Monday’s Raw, the crafty manager floored the WWE Universe with the shocking introduction of his new client, Curtis Axel. Even more surprising, however, was when Axel emerged victorious in his debut later that night, against none other than Triple H! The King of Kings left the WWE Universe stunned when he proved unable to continue the match – most likely due to lingering effects suffered during his Extreme Rules battle against Brock Lesnar.
First impressions simply don’t get much more impressive than a victory over The Game. So, how will Axel and Heyman follow up that tremendous showing when they venture to SmackDown tonight?
Will Fandango steal the show when he dances onto “Miz TV”?
After falling to bitter rival Chris Jericho at Extreme Rules, Fandango appeared primed for revenge against Y2J during a Tag Team Match on the May 20 episode of Raw. The toe-tapping Superstar, however, decided to abandon Wade Barrett mid-contest against Jericho & The Miz in order to tango ringside with his stunning dance partner, Summer Rae.
Fandango’s absence left Barrett exposed, and the brawling Brit fell to a searing Codebreaker from Jericho and an excruciating Figure-Four Leglock from Miz.
Fandango now has his own chance to come face-to-face with The Awesome One when he is the special guest on “the most must-see show in WWE,” “Miz TV,” tonight on SmackDown. What might Fandango have to say to Miz? That is, of course, if he can take a break from dancing with Summer Rae long enough.
How will a reeling Daniel Bryan prove he’s not the “weak link”?
In the wake of long-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions Team Hell No losing their illustrious titles to The Shield at Extreme Rules, Daniel Bryan has clearly taken the defeat harder than his teammate Kane.
The submission specialist has been fixated on not being viewed as Team Hell No’s “weak link,” and his intensity and aggression were on full display in a ferocious Six-Man Tag Team Match on Raw. Will an unstable and fighting-mad Bryan have even more to prove tonight on SmackDown? Tune in at 8/7 CT to find out!
Looking as “extreme” as ever, what – or who – is next for The Viper?
Randy Orton followed up his “extreme” punting of super-sized rival Big Show at Extreme Rules with a WWE App Match victory over Jack Swagger on the May 20 episode of Raw. Hitting his “Real American” opponent with a devastating RKO, The Viper showed that he is, indeed, as vicious – and venomous – as ever.
Will WWE’s Apex Predator set his sights on someone new tonight on SmackDown? One thing is for sure: When Randy Orton is on the prowl, no Superstar is safe.