Friday Night Battle Royal
July 25, 2008
Friday on SmackDown, six Superstars will compete in the Biggest Blockbuster of the Summer Battle Royal, with the winner facing Triple H at SummerSlam for the WWE Championship. The Over-the-Top Rope Challenge pits Big Show vs. Jeff Hardy vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. The Great Khali vs. Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Umaga. After the melee, which Superstar will be left standing with the chance at gold?
WWE Champion Triple H retained his gold at The Great American Bash, keeping Edge at bay with an unexpected assist from the Rated-R Superstar’s scorned bride, Vickie Guerrero – who received a spear from the Ultimate Opportunist after she got entangled with wedding planner Alicia Fox.
After Edge was caught lip-locked with Fox on video during his wedding reception, courtesy of The Game, Guerrero undoubtedly will look to earn retribution against her husband to salvage her good name. But Guerrero may also seek revenge on the man who made her happiest day a living hell – the WWE Champion.
Will SmackDown’s scorned General Manager make life a living hell for the Ultimate Opportunist? Is Triple H safe from her wrath, even after defeating the Rated-R Superstar? Will Edge find a way to get back in the good graces of his not-so-blushing bride? And how will “The Family” react to Edge’s infidelity? Will his best man, Chavo Guerrero, stand by and watch as the Guerrero name is tarnished?
Two members of “The Family,” Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder, achieved what their friend Edge could not – capturing gold. In a Fatal Four Way Match, Hawkins & Ryder managed to win the WWE Tag Team Championship, giving them their first reign atop the tag ranks in WWE. Will Hawkins & Ryder stay on top of the world?
Another SmackDown Superstar who brought gold back to Friday night was Shelton Benjamin. The Gold Standard defeated Matt Hardy to become the new United States Champion, winning his first championship in over two years. Can Benjamin capitalize on his success and keep the gold around his waist? Or will someone step up, looking to steal the golden dreams of Benjamin?
Also, Michelle McCool became the first-ever Divas Champion at The Great American Bash, outlasting Natalya and forcing the red-headed powerhouse to tap out. Having made history by winning the gold, can McCool etch her name even deeper into WWE’s annals by keeping the Sexiest Women on Television from taking her title?