SmackDown Five-Point Preview: April 16, 2015
Cena’s U.S. Open challenge kicks off SmackDown
SmackDown is in the United Kingdom tonight and The Champ is most definitely here. Just 10 days before he will battle Rusev in the first-ever televised Russian Chain Match at Extreme Rules on WWE Network, United States Champion John Cena will reportedly light the fuse on Thursday night’s hottest show with a continuation of the U.S. Title Open. But who will emerge from the locker room to challenge him?
While no one can accuse Cena of not being a fighting champion, the frequency that he continues to put his title on the line does raise serious questions as to whether he will even be the champion at the imminent pay-per-view. Could someone else be defending it against the Russian Tank a week from Sunday? And even if he does still have the red-white-and-blue title in his possession, is it all too much? By focusing on these high-stakes matches, is Cena leaving himself wide open for another Rusev chain assault? Find out tonight on Syfy at 8/7 C.
Who is The New Face of Fear looking at?
Follow the buzzards to Thursday night, where Bray Wyatt will make a rare in-ring appearance on SmackDown. Notwithstanding the horrific contest that is sure to take place, it’s hard to ignore the creepy elephant in the room.
For weeks now, the WWE Universe has been clamoring to discover whom The Eater of World’s has been addressing in a series of mysterious messages. After all, whenever he employs such a tactic, dark mayhem inevitably follows — case in point, his epic WrestleMania showdown against The Undertaker. Will Wyatt finally reveal the identity of his latest target? Or might he offer new clues, wrapped inside another eerie address to the WWE Universe? Find out on Syfy tonight.
Big Show’s to make giant statement on Reigns’ automobile assault
Monday on Raw, Big Show unleashed an absolutely vicious attack on Roman Reigns, culminating in The World’s Largest Athlete chokeslamming The Big Dog on the top of a car and leaving both his prey and the automobile a dented mess. Now, the gigantic Superstar is scheduled to address the WWE Universe tonight as SmackDown comes to the U.K. What will he say about his latest onslaught and his continued conflict with the black-clad Superstar?
Is Miz in for some bad news in London?
The Miz will be a long way from Tinseltown when he battles England’s own Bad News Barrett inside London’s O2 Arena on Thursday. Will the home-field advantage spell bad news for the “A-Lister”? Barrett, focused on trying to get the Intercontinental Title back from Daniel Bryan at Extreme Rules, is neither in the mood for drama, nor Miz’s current promotion of his new movie “ The Marine 4: Moving Target.”
Then again, after suffering the embarrassment of losing to his former stunt double Damien Sandow on Raw, The Awesome Superstar will definitely be looking to get back on track. And bottom line, if there is one thing history has taught us, it’s never underestimate The Miz.
Neville challenges The Celtic Warrior
After being hit with a Sheamus Brogue Kick on Raw, WWE.com has learned that the high-flying Neville has asked for a chance to go head-to-head with The Celtic Warrior on SmackDown tonight. Will the up-and-coming English Superstar be grounded by his ferocious Irish opposition? Or could “The Man That Gravity Forget” rise above Sheamus’ newfound aggression.