SmackDown Five-Point Preview: April 2, 2015
Can Bryan and Ziggler possibly win a Celtic War?
On Monday, a returning Sheamus unleashed a vicious surprise attack on Monday Night Raw, laying waste to both the new Intercontinental Champion Daniel Brian and Dolph Ziggler. As a result, the Superstars will join forces to take on The Celtic Warrior & Bad News Barrett tonight on SmackDown on Syfy.
As explosive as Bryan and Ziggler are, one has to ask whether they can possibly get retribution considering the Irish’s Superstar’s newfound level of aggression — especially when it is paired with the absolute brutality of a former, recently dethroned Intercontinental Champion hell-bent on getting his gold back? And for that matter, with the WWE Universe clambering to know why Sheamus did what he did, will he finally offer any explanation?
Rollins to open Thursday night
Ladies and gentleman, the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins is scheduled to kick off SmackDown tonight. The last time we saw the black-clad titleholder, he denied Brock Lesnar a World Title rematch on Raw and effectively lit a fuse of chaos by The Beast Incarnate.
While Lesnar will definitely not be on SmackDown — due to his indefinite suspension by Stephanie McMahon — what will stop Paul Heyman from making some sort of move against him nonetheless? Will The Authority have something further to say on the matter? What about Randy Orton, who defeated Rollins at WrestleMania? Or considering the target now painted on Rollins back, could someone else come out of the woodwork with their sights set of the squared circle’s biggest title.
Open challenge or Russian crush?
Three days after declaring a John Cena U.S. Open on Raw — an action that led to an incredible contest against Dean Ambrose — The Champ is scheduled to address his WrestleMania win over Rusev on SmackDown.
While that will be exciting in itself, the bigger question might be whether the Cenation leader will carry on the open challenge for his new United States Championship onto the best show of Thursday night? If so, which hungry competitor will answer the call? And could it lead to an impromptu rematch between Cena and The Hero of the Russian Federation? Or is Cena concentrating so hard on being a fighting champion that he will lose sight of Rusev and fall prey to a sneak attack by the Russian powerhouse?
Reigning in the words
On Wednesday, the WWE Universe got a taste of an exclusive interview with Roman Reigns — just days after The Big Dog was robbed out of his chance to win the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The Superstar who did that was, of course, Reigns’ onetime associate “Mr. Money in the Bank” Seth Rollins. What will the powerful competitor have to say, now that it seems the “Future” is here? And where does he go from here?
Who will take WrestleMania momentum to the Extreme?
The Grandest Stage of Them All has again produced a slew of incredible WrestleMania moments. From surprise guests to outrageous entrances to incredible matches, a number of Superstars and Divas seized the spotlight. Such success both creates enormous confidence and forges opportunity. And with the Extreme Rules pay-per-view just weeks away, the question becomes: Which matches will be made for the most brutal pay-per-view of the year? And more importantly, will all of those matches be made tonight?