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SmackDown and Upcoming PPV Thoughts

Six days away from the next PPV, and with the two matches with special stips, this PPV cannot possibly be as bad as last Sunday's ECW performance. I think that the tag main with Cena and Batista vs Booker and Finley is clearly the setup for what is looking more and more like the main for WrestleMania, with that being Batista and Cena.

The thought of that match has me thinking of the last two face vs face main events for Mania is years past, which was Hogan and Warrior at WM 6 in Toronto, and Shawn Michaels vs Bret Hart at WM 12 in Anaheim. Both matches were memorable and made for good main events. WWE has pushed for years the Michaels-Hart Ironman match at WM 12 as the best WM match of all-time, but many fans actually call the Hart-Steve Austin match at WM 13 as the best WM match ever.

I don't know if I have a favorite WM match. I can say that the atmosphere and energy that I was a part of for WM 19 in Toronto when Rock took on Hogan was by far the most energy I have ever felt for a match, but many do not reference that match as one of their favorites in WM history. So, I guess the debate will go on as to the best WM match ever. As for Cena and Batista, if this indeed is the main for this year in Detroit, it should be a good one. Both men are over, and both have been cheered and booed as both faces and heels. I don't see either turning heel for the match, but if the crowd is like it was last year in Chicago, I can see Batista getting the majority of cheers from the crowd.

As for SmackDown on Friday night, a decent show which again was a solid build up for the Sunday PPV in Richmond. The two stip matches are being pushed heavily, and it will clearly show us what type of long term talent the WWE will have with Kennedy and MVP. The two matches simply have to highlight them, and despite the fact that I think both of them will lose, the two matches really should make them in the long run.

Kennedy is going to be a star, and I think he has shown already that he can be one of the brightest guys out there. At 31 years old, he has a long enough time to make a name for himself in this business, and I think that he and Taker will be pushed as the main for the card. MVP may be a short term star for the company. He's 36, and has already had pretty storied past as he served 9 and a half years in prison for robbery. Interesting that WWE has never used that real life incident in any way. They also play him off as being much younger, and as a guy that can last long term. We shall see.

The other storylines from the show was the continued soon-to-be breakup of London and Kendrick, as soon they will feud over the services of Ashley. You can see already that Kendrick is going to be the one turning heel. Chris Benoit and Chavo Guerrero will continue their feud as Benoit had a squash win over Sylvan. Jimmy Wang, who I think has won about 2 matches on TV, for some reason is now the #1 contender and will get a shot at Gregory Helms on Sunday's PPV.

Other than that, all eyes turn to RAW tonight, as the build up for the January 7th PPV is in effect, with HHH vs Edge, Cena vs Armando and other matches getting set to be announced.

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