SmackDown Five-Point Preview: June 21, 2013

SmackDown Five-Point Preview: June 21, 2013

Is Daniel Bryan strong enough to slay The Viper?

Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton - No Disqualification Match: Raw, June 17, 2013

Daniel Bryan square off in a No Disqualification Match on Raw.

When Daniel Bryan battled Randy Orton in a  No Disqualification Match Monday night on Raw, the true heart of competition raged, as two of WWE’s toughest Superstars engaged in an instant-classic battle.

But before a clear winner could be decided, the match was stopped, as a determined Bryan appeared to be seriously injured.

What happened backstage? | Photos of "Team RK-No!"

Now, the submission specialist has been medically cleared to battle Orton on SmackDown in a rematch that will undoubtedly be a high-impact affair. But is Bryan 100%? And if not, does he have any chance of taking down a seething Viper in Randy Orton? It’s hard to tell, but if Bryan’s backstage blowout with WWE COO Triple H on Raw is any indication, the submission specialist is ticked off and still itching to prove he is not a “weak link.” Find out who will win out tonight at 8/7 CT on Syfy!

Why did Brock Lesnar attack CM Punk?

CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio; Brock Lesnar attacks Punk: Raw, June 17, 2013

CM Punk goes one-on-one with World Champion Alberto Del Rio and then gets attacked by another "Paul Heyman Guy," Brock Lesnar.

What the hell was Brock Lesnar thinking?! When The Anomaly returned to Raw to unleash a brutal F-5 on fellow “Paul Heyman Guy” CM Punk, he left the WWE Universe in a state of utter shock. Heading into SmackDown, more questions than answers remain.

Will Heyman arrive on the blue brand with an explanation for his monstrous client’s stunning actions? For the matter, can the WWE Universe expect to hear from Punk or even the perpetrator himself, Brock Lesnar? Find out tonight on the blue brand!

Photos of Brock's shocking attack | Lesnar's moments of destruction

Can Jericho tame the new World Heavyweight Champion?

Chris Jericho vs. Heath Slater: Raw, June 17, 2013

In a WWE version of the "Battle of the Bands," Fozzy's Chris Jericho faces 3MB's Heath Slater.

Alberto Del Rio’s newfound mean streak has been on full display ever since the haughty Superstar  viciously defeated Dolph Ziggler to reclaim the World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Payback.  However, after walking out on his showdown against CM Punk on Monday, he will need every bit of his ruthlessness to overcome Y2J! Tonight on SmackDown, the down-to-earth Chris Jericho looks to bring Del Rio back down to earth.

Is a Codebreaker in store for the newly crowned champion? And after attacking the reigning titleholder on Raw, will former champion Dolph Ziggler return for more retribution?  

Del Rio walks out on his match | Witness the start of a new title reign

Will the Intercontinental Champion get barraged?

Sin Cara vs. Curtis Axel: Raw, June 17, 2013

Sin Cara steps into the ring with new Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel.

In a lot of ways, Wade Barrett was the forgotten man at WWE Payback.

Even though he entered last Sunday’s  Triple Threat Title Match as champion, Barrett was overlooked in favor of the increasingly popular Miz and the buzz-worthy newbie, Curtis Axel. Being pinned by Axel in that match certainly didn’t help Barrett’s standing, but to think that the British brawler is through would be a hasty —not to mention, stupid — mistake.

Better than "Perfect"? | Axel follows in father's footsteps

Barrett is one of the most dangerous men on the WWE roster, and his street fighting background and gruff demeanor make him a constant threat inside the ring. On the other hand, there aren’t many Superstars as hot right now as Axel, and coming off his momentous victory, look for the newest “Heyman Guy” to keep climbing the ranks.

In order to do that, however, the third-generation Superstar needs to first overcome The Barrett Barrage in an Intercontinental Title rematch tonight on the blue brand.

Is SmackDown ready to be re-Christianed?

Christian vs. Wade Barrett: Raw, June 17, 2013

Christian makes his long awaited return to WWE and faces Wade Barrett.

Peep this, blue brand faithful! Monday on Raw, Christian made his  welcome return to the squared circle and immediately made his presence felt by halting The Barrett Barrage. Tonight, Captain Charisma makes his highly anticipated homecoming to Friday’s best show, and he’s sure to bring a high-octane pace to the blue brand.

Who’s next on Christian’s “welcome back” tour? Find out tonight, only on Syfy!

Christian's title history | Captain Charisma at his best

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