Preview: Best of 2006
December 29, 2006
General Manager to make major announcement
While most of the night will be spent celebrating the year that has just passed, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long will use the occasion to address the year to come. The fan-friendly GM will make a major announcement regarding the 2007 Royal Rumble and the World Heavyweight Championship. Tune in on Friday night to see just what Long has to say.
The Animal’s dramatic return to the top of SmackDown
Several of the huge moments and stories of 2006 were related to the dramatic roller coaster year for Batista. The Animal was forced to relinquish his title in January due to a devastating and nearly career-ending injury, and spent the next seven months on the shelf, dreaming of the day he would return to a SmackDown ring. Nearly 11 months after relinquishing the gold, the Animal returned to his throne at Survivor Series, where he unseated bitter rival and reigning champ King Booker.
Mysterio’s improbable rise
You can’t talk about 2006 without addressing the incredibly courageous rise of Rey Mysterio. The inspirational Superstar overcame adversity in both his personal and professional life to become the most unlikely World Champion of all time. The high-flying Mysterio overcame the odds to win January’s Royal Rumble. At WrestleMania, he put the icing on the cake when he finally gained sports-entertainment’s richest prize. You can re-live Rey’s year on Friday night.