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WWE: Official SmackDown Preview

Revelations yield repercussions
August 11, 2006

Last week on SmackDown, after The Great Khali invaded an epic contest between Undertaker and World Heavyweight Champion King Booker, the Deadman sustained Khali’s attack and fought off the giant Punjabi warrior. The Phenom then cast a grim challenge to a Last Man Standing Match with Khali at SummerSlam. How will The Great Khali and Daivari respond? Will these two deadly rivals meet on August 20?

Amidst all the turmoil with Chavo Guerrero, Rey Mysterio will have to face the brash Mr. Kennedy Friday night. Last week Mysterio confronted Guerrero at ringside after accusations of being a “leech living off the blood of the Guerrero name.” If not for the intervention of the late Eddie Guerrero’s wife, Vickie Guerrero, these former lifelong friends might have destroyed one another. Will the former World Champion be able to focus on his match, or will Kennedy show that his wins over Batista were no fluke?

Speaking of Batista, The Animal will be forming a powerhouse pairing with fellow big man, Lashley, in a tag team match against Finley and William Regal. After several weeks of facing each other in singles competition, will Finlay and Regal be able to put their rivalry behind them and go back to being friends? Even if they can, will their skills – and maybe some help from Finlay’s Little Bastard – be any match for the power of Batista and Lashley?

That won’t be the only thing on Batista’s mind. As reported on, General Manager Theodore Long has announced that King Booker will defend the World Heavyweight Championship against Batista at SummerSlam. has also reported that Long has plans for bringing new Superstars to SmackDown by relaunching the New Talent Initiative. We’ve already seen the debut of several stars such as Sylvester Terkay, Elijah Burke, Idol Stevens and K.C. James. Will we meet any new acquisitions on Friday night?

The Diva Search contestants were met by a sweet surprise last week, receiving pies in their faces while addressing the SmackDown fans. Unfortunately for Erica, it was her last taste of the Diva Search as she was eliminated Monday on RAW. Friday the final four finalists will face off in a talent competition. How will the Diva hopefuls stack up, and who will be the next Diva to be eliminated from the 2006 $250,000 Diva Search?