SmackDown Five-Point Preview: May 16, 2014

How will Cena respond to Wyatt’s cryptic challenge?

John Cena & The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family: Raw, May 12, 2014

John Cena teams with WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos to face The Wyatt Family on Raw.

The ball is now in John Cena’s court. Despite ending up on the losing end of a thunderous Six-Man Tag Team Match on Raw, Bray Wyatt thanked the Cenation leader for helping him finally realize what he “must do.” The Eater of Worlds would later challenge the determined Superstar’s claim that he will “never give up,” even if it means remaining the “last man standing.”

Update on Daniel Bryan's neck surgery

Despite the peculiar nature of his message, it seemed The Wyatt Family patriarch has challenged the 14-time World Champion to a Last Man Standing Match at WWE Payback! Now, in this historic tug-of-war for the hearts and minds of the WWE Universe, how will Cena respond when he kicks off SmackDown tonight? 

The New Face of Fear clearly is not finished singing his terrifying tune and is prepared to engage in another epic showdown with his unwavering adversary. The question remains, is the man behind the motto of “Hustle, Loyalty, Respect” truly ready to stand up and face his fears? Find out tonight on Syfy at 8/7 CT.

Did The Showoff speak out of turn?

Roman Reigns vs. Batista: Raw, May 12, 2014

The Shield must defy the odds when they become outnumbered in the main event of Raw.

With The Authority in full control and Evolution back in full force, very few Superstars have been bold enough to speak out against WWE’s current regime – save The Shield and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan. Nevertheless, Dolph Ziggler made major waves within the WWE Universe this week when he Tweeted that Batista is the “weak link of Evolution” and “the only one who hasn’t evolved.”

The Hounds of Justice go on the hunt |  The Shield surprise Evolution

In response, The Showoff will now have an opportunity to support his controversial claim and face Evolution’s so-called “weak link” inside the squared-circle on SmackDown. Has the bleached-blonde Superstar bitten off more than he can chew? Find out tonight at 8/7 CT on Syfy when the former World Heavyweight Champion collides with what is sure to be a seething Animal.

Can “Total Divas” drama be settled inside the squared-circle?

Natalya vs. Nikki Bella: Raw, May 12, 2014

Natalya goes one-on-one with her "Total Divas" co-star Nikki Bella.

The red-hot rivalry between Nikki Bella and Natalya continues to light up the Divas division as the two battling beauties square-off on SmackDown with their “Total Divas” co-star Eva Marie playing the part of Special Guest Referee.

Natalya paints a picture |  Season 2 of "Total Divas" gets heated

What started as a minor dispute over The Bella Twin’s unfavorable reaction to The Queen of Hearts' housewarming gift on E!’s “Total Divas” is quickly escalating into complete Divas chaos. The quarreling beauties attempted to resolve their reality show disagreement in the ring on Raw, but it seems the Monday night match only increased the Divas’ disdain for one another.

With both former Divas Champions displaying a significant amount of aggression in their emotional encounter on Raw, these two disputing Divas are sure to produce a memorable match on SmackDown.

Can The Rhodes Brothers rise up the tag team ranks again?

Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow: Raw, May 12, 2014

Cody Rhodes attempts to get back to his winning ways against Damien Sandow.

After weeks of tough breaks and discouraging losses, Cody Rhodes broke out of his rut with a big Raw victory over an equally disgruntled Damien Sandow. The former Intercontinental Champion may have utilized a rare dirty-tactic – poking his former Team Rhodes Scholars tag team partner in the eye before delivering the Disaster Kick – but it was a win nonetheless. Now, the previously slumping Superstar and Goldust appear ready to reclaim their WWE Tag Team Championships.

Damien Sandow flips out |  Cody & Brandi hit the dog park

In order to prove they are back on track for a title opportunity, The Rhodes Brothers must first beat the WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos in a non-title Tag Team Match on SmackDown. With the WWE tag team division wide open, a victory over the titleholders could catapult the “Brotherhood” back into title contention.

Are you ready to watch a fight, Fella?

Sheamus vs. Titus O'Neil: Raw, April 28, 2014

Sheamus and Titus O'Neil clash inside the ring on Raw.

Regardless of whether he has the United States Championship around his waist, Sheamus has always been a fighting champion. The fiery Irishman has already competed in three brutal bouts this week against Curtis Axel, Ryback and Cesaro, with one more hard-hitting match remaining.

Sheamus pulls double-duty on Raw |  The Celtic Warrior clashes with Cesaro

The battle-tested Superstar will compete on the best show on Friday night against a Superstar of similar size and strength, Titus O’Neil.  These two behemoths have a tumultuous history, with The Big Deal attacking the Irish Superstar from behind before their Raw rumble three weeks ago. With the ultra-aggressive former football player eager to inflict pain and the United States Champion ready for a fight, the stage is set for a huge SmackDown showdown.

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