WWE SmackDown Preview: A World Title Match, Money in the Bank and More

Kyle SchadlerChief Writer IJune 29, 2012


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

WWE's Friday night show has been on a roll lately, and there may be no stopping it.

The only things for the show that have been confirmed as of this writing are the general manager for the night and a world title match, which were both announced this past Monday on Raw.


Vickie Guerrero is the General Manager: What Does She Have in Store for SmackDown?

From the spring of 2007 to the fall of 2009, Vickie Guerrero took charge of SmackDown. While she did make some questionable decisions at times, Guerrero ruled the Friday night show with an iron fist.

The WWE board of directors recognized her work as a general manager and put her in charge of both shows this week.

This past Monday on Raw, she started things out strong with a triple threat elimination match featuring WWE champion CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Kane.

She made good decisions throughout the night as she gave Jack Swagger a shot at the United States Championship, allowed Brodus Clay back on Raw and booked the main event for SmackDown after a match between Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio.

What does Vickie Guerrero have planned for SmackDown? Will she remain impartial, or will she fall back into old habits?


A Crazy Woman on the Loose: How Will A.J. Factor Into the MITB Matches of CM Punk, Daniel Bryan and Kane?

CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have been going at it since the Over the Limit pay-per-view. While Kane found his way into the feud last month, the main constant in their rivalry has been A.J.

After Bryan dumped her after WrestleMania, she set her sights on the WWE champion and later Kane. Since then, she has been acting incredibly weird.

She has admitted to still have feelings for Bryan, but at the same time, Punk was the "coolest guy she ever met" and Kane made her feel "'wild."

Over the past couple of weeks, she has distracted Kane to the point where it would cost Bryan matches, but things changed this past Monday on Raw. In a triple threat elimination match, A.J.’s distraction cost Kane, but then it immediately cost Punk.

Punk vs. Bryan for Money in the Bank was then made and Kane was entered into the WWE Championship Money in the Bank Match.

Later on in the show, A.J. just laughed at being friend-zoned by Kane and was ready to take things to the next level with Punk. After winning a Divas battle royal, though, she celebrated using Bryan's signature "Yes" chant.

All three of these men are in her sights and it could ultimately spell trouble.

How will A.J. affect Kane as he ready's himself for the Money in the Bank Match? Will she affect the minds of CM Punk and Daniel Bryan as they prepare for their title match?


The World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank Match: Who Will Be Participating?

The Money in the Bank Match was revealed at WrestleMania 21 in 2005. It has since become its own PPV with two such matches taking place.

With one briefcase for the WWE Championship and one of the World Heavyweight Championship, superstars competed for a shot to have one guaranteed title match anytime they wanted to cash it in within a year.

Since its debut, every holder of the briefcase has successfully cashed in to win one of WWE's world titles.

This past Monday on Raw, Vickie Guerrero revealed that the WWE Championship Money in the Bank Match will only feature former WWE champions. The match will feature Kane, the Big Show, Chris Jericho and John Cena trying to grab the briefcase for a shot at Raw's world title.

With Raw's match set, SmackDown will no doubt be setting up theirs this week.

Will the match feature only former world heavyweight champions? Will the match be more fair and give everyone a shot in qualifying matches?


Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio: World Heavyweight Championship

At No Way Out, Sheamus was scheduled to defend his World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio. A week before the event, though, a few chops to the head by the Great Khali put Del Rio out of action.

Dolph Ziggler then won a fatal four-way match the Monday before the show to become the No. 1 contender. The Showoff put up quite the fight, but he was ultimately no match for the Great White Sheamus.

The next night, Del Rio made his return and took out the United States champion Santino Marella. This past Monday on Raw, he wanted his status as No. 1 contender back but Ziggler wanted another shot.

Vickie Guerrero set up a Contract on a Pole Match that eventually ended in a no-contest when she decided to just make it a triple threat match.

Can Sheamus survive a match against a Showoff and a Mexican aristocrat? Will Dolph Ziggler finally be able to prove his greatness? Will Alberto Del Rio's destiny on SmackDown be fulfilled at long last?

This episode of Friday Night SmackDown could be another good one as it has had a string of good shows so far this year. Will it be? Tune in to find out!