SmackDown Five-Point Preview: May 31, 2013
Will "The Hounds" become the hunted?
Even before winning both the United States and WWE Tag Team Titles at Extreme Rules, The Shield ruled the roost in WWE, dominating opponents and racking up win after impressive win. United States Champion Dean Ambrose, in particular, has shown consistent success in singles competition. Can WWE Tag Team Champions Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins do the same?
From flurried team attacks to devastating one-on-one maneuvers, the “Hounds of Justice” promise to maintain their rule over the yard, which is exactly what they’ll look to do tonight on SmackDown. For the first time ever, all three members of the rogue trio will compete in singles matches on the same night –Ambrose vs. Randy Orton; Rollins vs. Kane and Reigns vs. Daniel Bryan. Will The Shield continue their utter dominance, or will someone show that the team is only as strong as its individual parts?
Will Curtis Axel keep rolling on the blue brand?
Revealed last week as the latest “ Paul Heyman Guy,” Curtis Axel has been on an incredible roll since his reintroduction to the WWE Universe. Defeating Triple H and WWE Champion John Cena, the third-generation Superstar has made a huge impression on both the WWE Universe and the entire locker room, and with Heyman at his side, one can only guess what’s next for the up-and-coming Superstar.
He’ll take his talents to the blue brand tonight against Sin Cara, extremely confident that he can improve on his incredible lineage and build the “brand” that is Curtis Axel all the way to immortality.
Is Daniel Bryan really the "weak link"?
We’ve seen it before, but there is once again turmoil in the ranks of Team Hell No, despite how hard Kane is trying to hold things together. In the early days of the notorious tag team, perhaps it was Bryan’s ego that drove a wedge between the submission specialist and The Big Red Monster. But, in a “Hellish” slice of irony, it now it seems Bryan has a bit of an inferiority complex, deeming himself the “weak link” of the struggling duo.
Will Bryan be able to shake this mental block and can Team Hell No turn things around tonight on SmackDown? Find out at 8/7 CT, only on Syfy!
Are AJ Lee and Big E floundering without Dolph?
AJ Lee no doubt cost Big E Langston a big victory against Alberto Del Rio on Raw. And as World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler remains on the shelf due to the lingering effects of a concussion, the question must be raised — are the big man and the erratic Diva losing some of their mojo in the absence of The Showoff?
When he burst onto the scene in WWE, Big E came on like a hurricane, wreaking havoc and leaving destruction in his wake. But after two losses to the No. 1 contender to the World Title, and without the glitter of Ziggler’s title close by, will Langston get back on track?
Can you handle the carnage unleashed by Ryback?
As WWE.com reported earlier this week, Ryback laid waste to Kofi Kingston during Tuesday’s SmackDown taping, slamming the high-flyer through three separate tables. As a result, the former Intercontinental Champion left the arena donning a precautionary neck brace and via an ambulance.
Witness the ruthless attack firsthand, tonight at 8/7 CT, only on Syfy!