SmackDown Five-Point Preview: July 4, 2014

What does Chris Jericho have in store for his return to SmackDown?

Chris Jericho and The Miz return to WWE: Raw, June 30, 2014

Both Chris Jericho and The Miz make their returns to the WWE ring on Raw.

Six-time World Champion Chris Jericho shocked the WWE Universe this past Monday night when he returned to cut The Miz’s own reemergence short with a commanding Codebreaker. However, it was Bray Wyatt and his fearsome followers who got the last cryptic laugh, brutally attacking the first WWE Undisputed Champion in one of the most stunning sequences in Raw history.

Chris Jericho's epic arrivals |  Memorable Monday night returns

With Y2J scheduled to make his first appearance on SmackDown in nearly a year, what will the outspoken Superstar have to say about his surprising return and The Wyatt Family’s inexplicable Raw attack? Don’t miss the best show on Friday night to see what The Ayatollah of Rock ‘n’ Rolla has in store for SmackDown!

Which foreign-born Superstar will claim the United States Championship?

Sheamus & The Usos vs. The Wyatt Family: Raw, June 30, 2014

United States Champion Sheamus & WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos collide with The Wyatt Family in a Six-Man Tag Team Match.

Sure Sheamus may not be an American-born Superstar, but that didn’t stop the Irish grappler from honoring the Land of Opportunity by offering another WWE Superstar the chance to battle for the United States Championship.  Besides, what better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with a good old fashioned, red blooded U.S Title Challenge tonight on the Fourth of July edition of SmackDown?

WWE Main Event results |  Sheamus comes up short at Money in the Bank

If that wasn’t enough, when longstanding adversary Alberto Del Rio accepted the challenge on WWE Main Event, it became a foregone conclusion that the fireworks will indeed be flying tonight. Can the titleholder fight his way to another successful title defense, or will the United States Championship find a new home around the waist of the Mexican Superstar? Find out tonight at 8/7 CT on Syfy.

Will Mr. Money in the Bank Seth Rollins cash in on America’s birthday?

Rob Van Dam vs. Seth Rollins: Raw, June 30, 2014

"Mr. Monday Night" and the NEW "Mr. Money in the Bank" square off on Raw.

Just 24 hours after grabbing the prized Money in the Bank briefcase, Seth Rollins seemed primed to cash in his contract on a fallen John Cena on Raw. However, Dean Ambrose interrupted the eager Superstar’s potentially golden opportunity by chasing away his former Shield “business associate” before he could officially lay down his bet.

Rollins, interrupted |  When will "Plan B" go into effect?

What will Mr. Money in the Bank have to say about his thwarted attempt to cash in on Monday night? Find out tonight when the bearer of the briefcase kicks off SmackDown! 

Will Eva Marie have The Black Widow seeing red?

Paige vs. AJ Lee - Divas Championship Match: Raw, June 30, 2014

Divas Champion Paige defends her title against a returning AJ Lee.

You have to give it to AJ Lee, the new Divas Champion is very good at getting what she wants. And what the wily Diva wanted was her Divas Championship back. Almost three months since losing her precious Divas Title in shocking fashion to Paige the Monday night after WrestleMania 30, The Black Widow bit back Monday night with her own stunning title victory.

NXT Divas pool party photos |  AJ's got her baby back

With the butterfly emblazoned title again around her waist, AJ is back in action tonight against “Total Divas” star Eva Marie in a non-title showdown. Can the red hot reality show vixen upset WWE’s newest top Diva? Tune in at 8/7 CT on Syfy to find out.

Which Battleground Battle Royal participant will power his way to victory?

RVD, Dolph Ziggler & Big E vs. Cesaro & RybAxel: WWE Main Event, July 1, 2014

Dolph Ziggler teams with Big E & RVD against Cesaro, Ryback & Curtis Axel.

It didn’t take long for Superstars to begin lining up for the Intercontinental Title Battle Royal at Battleground. In fact, Tuesday night on WWE Main Event amid a heated confrontation, five more Superstars threw their names in the ring for the now vacant title. With nine competitors already scheduled to take part in the over-the-top-rope Battle Royal on July 20, there is sure to be plenty of turmoil as Superstars in the already crowded field try to jockey for position.

Intercontinental Title Battle Royal preview |  Who said Alberto Del Rio is their favorite opponent?

Following Cesaro’s vicious post-match attack Monday night on Kofi Kingston, Big E’s made it clear he’s ready to make The Swiss Superman pay for his cowardly attack. Don’t miss this clash of Battle Royal brawlers when The King of Swing collides with the former Intercontinental Champion tonight on SmackDown! 

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