SmackDown Five-Point Preview: Nov. 1, 2013
Who will look to step on The Champ’s SmackDown return?
On Sunday, John Cena made an early return from injury to capture his third World Heavyweight Championship from Alberto Del Rio at WWE Hell in a Cell. Just 24 hours later, the Cenation leader heroically overcame a brutal offensive from Damian Sandow, after The Intellectual Savior of the Masses maliciously cashed in his Money in a Bank World Title contract.
Now, the 14-time World Champion makes a triumphant return to SmackDown for the first time in 10 months, the very show that helped bring him to prominence more than a decade ago. Considering the fact that “we fight on Friday night,” could the ruthless Del Rio decide to evoke his World Title rematch in the wake of Cena’s hard-fought Raw title defense? Or will someone else step into the spotlight and attempt to knock him off the mountain? Find out tonight at 8/7 CT on Syfy!
What will HBK have to say on “Miz TV”?
One day after his actions as special guest referee inside Hell in a Cell caused Daniel Bryan to lose the WWE Title to Randy Orton, WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels found himself locked in his former pupil’s “Yes!” Lock.
While WWE.com has since learned that The Beard is recuperating at home following a vicious Wyatt Family backstage assault on Monday, HBK is scheduled to appear on “Miz TV” tonight! It will be interesting to hear how The Showstopper will react in response to the excruciating events on Raw.
What happens when you poke a stick at The Viper (and by stick, we mean KO Punch)?
After walking out of Hell in a Cell five days ago with the WWE Title securely around his waist, Randy Orton’s celebration on Raw came to a sudden and decisive halt Monday night when the colossal Big Show barged in and blasted him with the KO Punch.
Considering that WWE COO Triple H has since declared The World’s Largest Athlete to be “banned from WWE for life,” one has to wonder where the sadistic Viper will aim his unchecked rage over the incident.
Then again, bearing in mind how many times Big Show has entered the WWE arena since being fired several weeks ago, and the fact that he has nothing to lose, will the new ban even keep the giant at bay? Or is a conflict between Big Show and the “Face of WWE” inevitable?
Will the New Face of Fear strike again?
So the question is, what will “the devil” make them do next?
Is Big E destined for a big SmackDown title victory?
So let’s talk Big E Langston for a second. In a matter of weeks, WWE’s “young gun” has pinned Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel in tag team action and beaten United States Champion Dean Ambrose in two separate in title matches – by count-out and disqualification.
While Axel is not currently medically cleared to compete, Ambrose is scheduled to be on SmackDown tonight, teaming with fellow Shield member Seth Rollins against The Usos – a match of potential payback after Jimmy & Jey helped take them out of the equation in the final moments of Raw.
So, imagine this scenario: What if Big E makes another gutsy challenge to the reigning titleholder – paving the way for their third championship match of the week? We would not be surprised, since his bold challenge during WWE Hell in a Cell Kickoff is what got him a U.S. Title Match in the first place. Then again, the powerful Superstar could opt to keep doing what he does best: destroy everything in his path.