SmackDown comes to you live on tape from Atlanta tonight with a preview of Sunday’s Last Man Standing match, a Champion versus Champion match, an Extreme Rules rematch, and more. Side note: our own Samoa Beau attended the tapings. Would have been great if he had access to a blog or website where he could write about the experience. Oh wait. Well, this is awkward. On to the graps…
Bray Wyatt tunes up for John Cena this evening by facing one of the Usos, Jimmy Uso in the same type of match he faces Sunday, Last Man Standing. CLEARLY, Wyatt is the favorite in this one as he looks to showcase what he has in store for the Cenation at Payback.
In a match I figured would be headed for the Payback PPV, the weeks long conflict between Zeb Colter/Jack Swagger and Adam Rose comes to a head with the two facing off in a match this evening. Rose has been targeting the Real Americans as being lemons and recruiting Swagger to drop Zeb on social media as of late. Will Swagger get the job done for Colter, or will the Exotic Express reign supreme?
The hardest hitting match on tonight’s card surely will be the Champion versus Champion match between Bad News Barrett and Sheamus. Both men face stiff challenges for their gold at Payback, who will be more softened up after this brawl for their challenger? Well you’ll just have to tune into SmackDown and find out ya silly goose!
In addition, the Hounds of Justice, the Shield will open SmackDown with a response to Evolution’s attack to close out Raw on Monday as they prepare for war in the No Holds Barred Elimination Match Sunday at Payback.
Cesaro vs. Kofi Kingston
Divas Champion Paige vs. Tamina Snuka in a non-title Extreme Rules rematch
Bo Dallas vs, Xavier Woods
El Torito faces Jinder Mahal in singles action
United States Champion Sheamus vs. Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett
Big E. vs. Titus O’Neil
Adam Rose vs. Jack Swagger
Bray Wyatt vs. Jimmy Uso in a Last Man Standing Match
Another great show from NXT with Sami Zayn stealing the show again. I won’t go through the results here, just in case you’re waiting to check out the show On Demand on the Network, but I highly recommend you check it out.
WWE Hall of Famer Kevin Von Erich, member of legendary Texas wrestling family the Von Erichs, and TNA Wrestling announced yesterday afternoon that on June 15th in Dallas, TX at Slammiversary, Kevin’s sons Ross and Marshall will be making their U.S. television debut with Impact. The younger Von Erich boys have been training and competing in Japan’s NOAH promotion after being trained initially by their Father and Hall of Famer Harley Race. No word from TNA yet as to who will be the Von Erich’s opponents.
TNA World Heavyweight Champion Eric Young made an appearance on the Today Show this morning to dish out survival tips to promote his new Animal Planet show No Limits.
In the video above, Young shows how to remove a fish hook stuck in your skin, gave tips on spider bites, and identifying snakes. Nice bit of publicity for EY, a long underutilized member of the TNA roster finally getting his due.
In the two years plus that NXT has operated as WWE’s developmental territory, Triple H and the team at the WWE Performance Center have managed to create a number of stars currently wrestling under the Raw & Smackdown banner. Names like the Wyatt Family, the Shield, Cesaro, the Usos, Big E, Alicia Fox, Paige, Adam Rose, Alexander Rusev, Bo Dallas, and Summer Rae have all competed inside the yellow ropes of the relaunched NXT promotion and turned it into a compelling but separate universe from the WWE-Prime.
Like February’s NXT ArRival, tonight’s show should be another barn burner and glimpse into some of the stars in WWE’s future.
NXT Championship: Adrian Neville (Champion) vs. Tyson Kidd
Adrian Neville is your reigning and defending NXT Champion having unseated Bo Dallas at NXT ArRival and tonight, The Man that Gravity Forgot will make his 3rd televised defense of his championship against WWE veteran Tyson Kidd. Neville is an exciting high-flyer so if you’ve never seen him in action you’re in for a treat.
A skilled high flyer in his own right, Tyson Kidd earned this opportunity after defeating Sami Zayn & Tyler Breeze in a Triple Threat #1 Contenders Match following an inconclusive finish in the #1 Contenders Battle Royal. Kidd’s experiencing something of a renaissance in NXT, racking up victories over Bo Dallas, Mason Ryan, and Aiden English since his return in March, to get in position for this championship match.
Prediction: I have to think Adrian Neville retains here, in what should be a WCW Cruiserweight-esque contest. Nothing against Kidd’s talents, but the biggest “money” match NXT currently has is a Sami Zayn/Adrian Neville tilt, which ideally should headline the next NXT special.
WrestlingDVDNews has posted a clip from the upcoming Batista DVD. Batista talks about his return at the Royal Rumble, and all the problems he ran into mere moments before he was supposed to come out at #28. While my personal opinion is that the man can do no wrong, this gives a little insight into why his performance might have been considered by some as “less than stellar.”
Time.com ranked the top 100 most obsessed-over people on the web, and 15 of those people were former or current WWE Superstars. Cena, Hogan, and Triple H are a few of the obvious names on the list. The link above takes you to WWE’s coverage of the list, while this link takes you to the list itself. Enjoy.