WWE SmackDown Preview: What Will Happen Just 2 Days Before WrestleMania?
The Road to WrestleMania has reached its final stop, as WWE presents the go-home episode of Friday Night SmackDown.
Nothing for the show has been confirmed as of this writing, but there is plenty to consider on the SmackDown side of the biggest show of the year.
Let’s see what WWE has in store for the fans this week.
Team Teddy and Team Johnny Are Set: Who Will Gain the Momentum Leading into WrestleMania?
When John Laurinaitis declared at Elimination Chamber that there should be one general manager, the war for power had officially begun.
Laurinaitis and Teddy Long would argue constantly about how the other’s show should be run and it started to get so bad that the arguing started to interfere with matches.
After weeks of this, the WWE board of directors had finally had enough and booked a 12-man tag team match for WrestleMania. Each general manager will lead a team of six and the winning team would get their general manager sole power of both Raw and SmackDown.
Over the next couple of weeks, Team Johnny has recruited David Otunga for team captain and former world champions Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Christian and the Miz.
Due to an injury this past Monday at the hands of CM Punk, though, Christian had to pull out of the team and was ultimately replaced by Drew McIntyre.
On the other side, Team Teddy has brought in Santino Marella as captain, R-Truth, Kofi Kingston and former world champions the Great Khali and Booker T.
With WrestleMania just two days away, which team will gain the momentum heading into this important match?
A Viper vs. a Monster: Will Randy Orton and Kane Come to Blows Before WrestleMania?
After Kane’s loss to John Cena at Elimination Chamber, he set his sights on Randy Orton.
As he targeted the "Viper," Orton took the fight directly to him, but the "Monster" ended up taking him down.
The following week Orton would strike twice, delivering an RKO to Kane on both Raw and SmackDown.
When Orton asked why Kane targeted him, the "Monster" said that shaking Orton’s hand last July made him human and that made him sick. He wanted to end Orton at WrestleMania so the match was made.
Since then the two haven’t had much interaction, except for an RKO but this past Monday on Raw when they faced off in tag-team action.
Kane’s team would pick up the win, giving him the momentum over Orton.
With two days remaining until WrestleMania, what do these two superstars have in store for each other?
An Angry Giant: Has Cody Rhodes Gone too Far with the Big Show?
This feud started out small with both Cody Rhodes and Big Show trading some kind of victory over the other.
Big Show eliminated Rhodes from the Royal Rumble, Rhodes pinned the Big Show inside the Elimination Chamber and Big Show eliminated Rhodes from a battle royal on Raw while Cody helped Chris Jericho eliminate the "World’s Largest Athlete" afterwards.
The intercontinental champion then took it a step further.
He began to remind the WWE Universe of Big Show’s embarrassing WrestleMania moments, including his sumo match with Akebono and his match with boxer Floyd Mayweather.
While they have met a few times in tag-team matches, Rhodes has mostly been using a hit-and-run strategy against his bigger opponent.
His most notable attack would be last week on Raw, when he handcuffed Big Show to the ropes and proceeded to pound away on his head while wearing boxing gloves.
The momentum is completely in the corner of the champion right now.
Can the Big Show finally gain some two days before their match or will Cody Rhodes have the advantage come WrestleMania?
The Quest for Gold: What’s in Store for Daniel Bryan and Sheamus?
When Sheamus won the Royal Rumble, no one knew which title he would choose to go for.
The "Celtic Warrior" saved his decision until Elimination Chamber when he attacked Daniel Bryan, thus choosing the World Heavyweight Championship.
Both superstars have been having a war of words while also competing against each other in tag-team matches.
Neither wrestler has had a clear advantage until this past Monday on Raw.
During the opening match, Bryan pinned Sheamus to get the win in a tag team match and by doing so he put the momentum in his corner.
Daniel Bryan has been quite the dominate champion, taking out challengers as they come.
Sheamus has been a dominating force on SmackDown ever since being drafted to the brand, taking out everyone that got in his way.
Will these two forces go face-to-face on SmackDown one final time before their big WrestleMania match?
Also, expect footage of the WWE superstars interacting with fans from the WrestleMania Axxess events that began on Thursday.
The Road to WrestleMania has reached its final stop and this is WWE’s last chance to hype the Grandest Stage of Them All to the television audience.
Will SmackDown deliver two days before the big event? Tune in to find out!
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