If we Cagesiders weren't huge dorks and actually had plans for Friday nights, this would be huge news. But such is the life of the wrestling fan.
At least that life gets a little brighter on Feb. 21 when WWE presents Smackdown live for the first time since Aug. 30, 2011.
The show last summer, of course, was of a much grander scale than your average, run of the mill taped Smackdown. John Cena showed up and took on Wade Barrett, Triple H and CM Punk had their contract signing before their Night of Champions showdown and Randy Orton defended his World Heavyweight Championship against Christian -- I miss that guy -- in a steel cage match.
There's no reason why we shouldn't expect a show on the same level.
2012 Royal Rumble winner Sheamus revealed he wasn't going to decide which title he would challenge for at WrestleMania 28 until after the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view (PPV) and this special, live airing of Smackdown happens to be going down two days afterwards. Barring a massive swerve from WWE Creative, it seems a Chris Jericho and CM Punk program is all but locked for the WWE Title which would leave Sheamus the World Heavyweight Championship. Don't be surprised to see a staredown or something of the like between "Great White" and the champ.
And as for the champ, it's currently Daniel Bryan but he has to go through Orton, Barrett, Cody Rhodes, The Great Khali and The Big Show a week from Sunday if he hopes to hang onto the belt. I expect Bryan to win out at Elimination Chamber and take on The Big Show one last time two days later putting an end to their feud.
Sheamus steps in -- likely along with Randy Orton -- and the World Heavyweight Championship match for "The Granddaddy of them All" is set.
At least, there's my educated guess.
The full press release is available after the jump. I personally loved the use of the phrase "imagine-based entertainment."
SYFY PRESENTS "SUPERSMACKDOWN LIVE" TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21 AT 8:00 P.M.
NEW YORK - February 10, 2012 - Following the strong ratings of Syfy's first two SuperSmackDown Live specials, Syfy and WWE(R) today announced the next WWE SuperSmackDown Live special will air Tuesday, February 21 at 8PM (ET/PT).
SuperSmackDown Live will feature WWE's biggest Superstars and Divas, including World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan(TM), Randy Orton(R), Big Show(R), Sheamus(TM), Mark Henry(R), Wade Barrett(TM), Cody Rhodes(TM), and Alicia Fox(TM).
The special will encore in SmackDown's regular time slot on Friday, February 24 at 8PM (ET/PT).
The episode of SuperSmackDown Live on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, became Syfy's top SmackDown telecast ever among Adults 18-49 with 1.64 million viewers.
Syfy is a media destination for imagination-based entertainment. With year round acclaimed original series, events, blockbuster movies, classic science fiction and fantasy programming, a dynamic Web site (www.Syfy.com), and a portfolio of adjacent business (Syfy Ventures), Syfy is a passport to limitless possibilities. Originally launched in 1992 as SCI FI Channel, and currently in more than 98 million homes, Syfy is a network of NBCUniversal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies. (Syfy. Imagine greater.)
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 500 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.
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