SmackDown Five-Point Preview: July 2, 2015
World’s Strongest Shell Shocked?
Intercontinental Champion Ryback has a fierce date with destiny at WWE Battleground on Sunday, July 19, as he battles both Big Show and The Miz in a Triple Threat Match for his coveted title on the award-winning WWE Network. But first, he must conquer Mark Henry tonight on SmackDown at 8/7 C.
In his exclusive WWE.com interview with Michael Cole on Wednesday, The Big Guy vowed to leave The World’s Strongest Athlete Shell Shocked on Syfy. Considering their tumultuous history and the vicious nature of his powerful adversary, however, can The Human Wrecking Ball actually do it? Or will Henry make the “Feed Me More!” Superstar eat his words?
Moreover, with the imminent high-stakes showdown against Big Show and Miz just 17 days away, will one or both of these competitors end up making their presence known in this explosive SmackDown collision?
Rollins to bring Authority to SmackDown
Aided by Bray Wyatt, Seth Rollins and a united Authority took out both Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in a calculated, decisive fashion Monday on Raw.
Tonight at 8/7 C, the WWE World Heavyweight Champion is scheduled to kick off SmackDown. Despite his impending Battleground showdown with Brock Lesnar, will Rollins once again be in a gift-giving mood, showering the likes of J&J Security and Kane with cars, Apple Watches and exotic trips? Will either Reigns or Ambrose be in any condition to launch any sort of counter-assault? Find out tonight!
Divas by the numbers
The Divas division has been red hot as of late, particularly with the waves being created by “Team Bella” and the anticipation over the return of E!’s “Total Divas” this Tuesday night of 9/8 C. Beyond the splendor and the drama, however, it still all comes down to what happens inside the squared circle. Find out if Brie Bella will once again use the numbers game to her advantage when she battles a very dangerous Naomi tonight on SmackDown.
Rusev to retaliate?
Monday on Raw, Dolph Ziggler and Lana “went public” in announcing themselves as a couple. When Summer Rae – flanked by Rusev – interrupted, she made some degrading comments about Lana and slapped her. In response, the ravishing target of her barbs retaliated with a brutal brawl.
WWE.com has learned that Rusev and his blonde cohort will in fact address the WWE Universe tonight on SmackDown. What is their response to the chaos from Monday night?
Tag team turmoil?
At Battleground, The Prime Time Players put their WWE Tag Team Championship on the line The New Day, who they beat for the titles at WWE Money in the Bank.Yet, tonight’s SmackDown offers Titus O’Neil & Darren Young a tremendous opportunity to maintain momentum en route to their championship defense when they take on The Ascension. Konnor & Victor are about as tough a combination as one will find in WWE; will tonight result in a prime time defeat? Don’t miss a second of SmackDown, tonight at 8/7 C on Syfy.