WWE SmackDown Preview: Sheamus' Next Challenger, Feeding Ryback and More

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJune 21, 2012


It’s Friday again and that means a new episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown!

WWE is five days removed from the No Way Out pay-per-view, so this episode will feature the fallout from the show on the SmackDown side of things.

While the company hasn’t confirmed anything as of this writing, there are a few things to consider going into the show.


Millions of Dollars: What’s Next for the Prime Time Players?

Darren Young and Titus O’Neil, collectively known as the Prime Time Players, have been on a roll since being brought to SmackDown after WrestleMania. While they have lost matches, their quest for millions of dollars would no doubt be quickly fulfilled.

The Prime Time Players got their chance to get that money at No Way Out. In a fatal four-way match at the PPV, Young and O’Neil defeated Primo and Epico, the Usos and Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd to become the No. 1 contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship.

A.W. had turned his back on the Colon cousins and Rosa Mendes, helping the Prime Time Players to victory and siding with them instead.

This past Monday on Raw, Primo, Epico and Rosa got some unsatisfactory revenge when they defeated them via count out when A.W. got the Prime Time Players to walk out of the match.

What’s next for the No. 1 contenders? Could A.W. get them their title shot despite R-Truth being out of action due to the Big Show? Will the Colons and Rosa Mendes gain their revenge on A.W.?


The Revenge of a Funkasaurus: What’s Next for Brodus Clay and the Big Show?

A week after Over the Limit, the Big Show went on a complete rampage, taking out superstars on both Raw and SmackDown. One of those superstars was the Funkasaurus, Brodus Clay.

Looking for an opponent, Brodus stepped up to the World’s Largest Athlete thinking that Big Show wouldn’t be able to pick on someone his own size. Brodus was wrong, though, as Big Show dismantled him before the match even started.

With one punch, he put the Funkasaurus out of action for a week.

When he did return, then-general manager John Laurinaitis banned him from Raw and said that if he touched the Big Show, he’d be fired.

At No Way Out, Brodus led the victims of the Big Show to help in preventing him from escaping the cage. John Cena would win the match, resulting in the firing of Big Johnny.

With his job no longer at risk, will Brodus Clay be looking for some vengeance?


Feed Him More: Who Will Ryback Eat Next?

Ryback debuted in the WWE on SmackDown after WrestleMania. He would come marching down to the ring as a local wrestler from the area awaited his doom.

Ryback soon began to face two wrestlers at the same time, but his dominance continued. As the match ended, Ryback would stare into the camera and scream, “Feed me more!”

The local wrestlers have started to get cocky thinking that they could defeat the massive Ryback, but that cockiness is certainly getting them nowhere. Ryback just continues his dominance each and every week.

Who will be the unfortunate souls to have to face Ryback this week? Will he receive a third opponent to devour?


A Challenger is Needed: Who’ll Step up to Face Sheamus?

Since winning the World Heavyweight Championship, Sheamus has been quite the dominate champion. After defeating Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds at WrestleMania XVIII, he retained the title in an intense two-out-of-three falls match at Extreme Rules.

At last months Over the Limit, he took down three opponents in Chris Jericho, Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio.

His dominance continued at No Way Out when he defeated Dolph Ziggler.

His winning ways weren’t just on PPV, though, as Sheamus has destroyed many opponents on both Raw and SmackDown, including this past Monday when he kicked Bryan’s head off.

Is there anyone who can stop the Great White Sheamus? With Money in the Bank approaching, his opponent should soon be revealed.

WWE’s Friday night show has consistently been better than Monday Night Raw.

Will it be once again? Tune in to find out!