SmackDown Five-Point Preview: May 30, 2014

Which champion’s reign will rule the ring?

Rob Van Dam vs. Cesaro: Raw, May 26, 2014

Bad News Barrett scouts the No. 1 Contender for his Intercontinental Championship from the commentary table as RVD and Cesaro go one-on-one.

Tonight on SmackDown, two of WWE’s toughest titleholders will step inside the squared circle in a Champion vs. Champion Match when Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett battles United States Champion Sheamus.

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As both decorated Superstars prepare to defend their respective titles this Sunday at WWE Payback – with RVD challenging the British Superstar for the Intercontinental Championship and Cesaro attempting to capture the United States Championship from The Celtic Warrior – all eyes will be set on SmackDown to see which gold-donning Superstar will seize the most pay-per-view momentum … assuming they can make it past Friday night, that is. Tune in to Syfy tonight at 8/7 CT to watch champions collide!

For more on this and all tonight’s SmackDown action, don’t miss the SmackDown Pre-Show on the WWE Network, tonight at 7:30 ET.

Can Bray Wyatt stay standing on SmackDown?

The Wyatt Family threatens and attacks the Raw announce team: Raw, May 26, 2014

Bray Wyatt questions Jerry Lawler's actions.

Monday night on Raw, John Cena and The Usos successfully cut short The Wyatt Family’s assault on Cenation supporter and Raw announcer Jerry “The King” Lawler.  However, tonight on SmackDown, Bray Wyatt will have an opportunity to get some creepy payback two days early when he battles Cena ally Jimmy Uso in a Last Man Standing Match – the very same stipulation The Eater of Worlds will encounter when he battles the 14-time World Champion this Sunday at WWE Payback.

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Will The New Face of Fear use tonight’s contest against one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions to send a statement to his Payback adversary? Could the leader of the Cenation or Wyatt’s loyal disciples play a role in the outcome? Find out tonight on SmackDown! 

How will The Shield respond to their chaotic contract signing?

The Shield vs. Evolution WWE Payback contract signing: Raw, May 26, 2014

The contract signing between The Shield and Evolution ends in chaos.

Six days before WWE Payback, The Shield suffered the unrelenting wrath of Evolution on Raw when Triple H employed his sledgehammer amidst contract signing chaos. So how will The Hounds of Justice respond when they open SmackDown tonight?

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The war between these two powerful factions is about to culminate this Sunday when they battle in a No Holds Barred Elimination Match – the second pay-per-view clash between two of WWE’s all-time most dominant factions. With the historic contest on the horizon, will Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose look to launch a preemptive counterstrike with their own brand of unique justice? Don’t miss SmackDown tonight on Syfy at 8/7 CT to find out!

Can Adam Rose turn a Real American lemon into a Rosebud?

Adam Rose vs. Damien Sandow: Raw, May 26, 2014

Adam Rose makes his Raw in-ring debut against Damien Sandow.

Since his epic arrival in WWE, Adam Rose has set his sights on “lemons” Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter as he leads The Exotic Express through the WWE Universe. The Real Americans haven’t taken kindly to the fun-loving Superstar’s party antics, creating some raucous run-ins.

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The leader of The Rose Experience displayed a more ferocious side after his newfound adversary’s bitter tactics on Raw, unleashing a furious onslaught against the former World Heavyweight Champion. What will happen when these two clashing Superstars face off inside the squared circle tonight?

Can Divas Champion Paige top Tamina in an Extreme Rules rematch?

Paige vs. Alicia Fox: Raw, May 19, 2014

Divas Champion Paige goes one-on-one with the unpredictable Alicia Fox.

Less than a month after surviving a hard-hitting battle against Tamina at Extreme Rules, Divas Champion Paige will once again be tasked with trying to topple the second-generation Diva tonight on SmackDown.

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With her title on the line in two days at WWE Payback against the volatile Alicia Fox, can the British beauty stay focused on her Friday night opponent long enough to walk out of SmackDown victorious? 

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