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WWE SmackDown Preview 05.18.07

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This week, SmackDown rolls into Baltimore with Edge, the brand-new World Heavyweight Champion leading the way. To celebrate his championship triumph, the Rated-R Superstar will present his inaugural address on Friday Night SmackDown, just days before his first title defense against Batista. The controversial Superstar is known for making big splashes, most notably the Live Sex Celebration with Lita following his first WWE Championship win. What can he possibly have in store for SmackDown? How will The Animal – Edge’s Judgment Day opponent – respond to the Rated-R festivities?

Also this week, the unbelievable aftermath of Edge’s title theft from last Friday’s SmackDown will be revealed as exclusive footage of Undertaker’s post-loss departure from the arena. Tune in to see the mysterious and eerie events that you didn’t see last week. General Manager Theodore Long continues to look for an assistant. This week on SmackDown, Long will interview Vickie Guerrero at the behest of his girlfriend Kristal. Could the GM finally found the right person for the job? Finally, legendary music icon Ozzy Osbourne will rock SmackDown with a live performance of the official theme song for Judgment Day, “I Don’t Wanna Stop”. Will WWE Superstars be ready to jam with the Prince of Darkness? Catch this first for SmackDown this week and experience a rock milestone for sports-entertainment.

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Shinsuke Nakamura Shuts Down NJPW Rumors

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WWE SmackDown superstar Shinsuke Nakamura will be part of the card at Sunday’s SummerSlam PPV when he takes on Jeff Hardy for the United States Championship, but rumors have been swirling that the Japenese superstar is eyeing a return to Japan and New Japan Pro Wrestling.

During an interview with Sky Sports, Nakamura shot down rumors of his departure, noting that NJPW hasn’t reached out to him and adding that he is willing to re-sign with WWE for the right money.

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Daniel Bryan Eyes Wrestling Until He is 70

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WWE superstar Daniel Bryan will be stepping into the ring to face the Miz at SummerSlam this Sunday in a match that has been close to a decade in the making, as the feud has gone on since Miz was Daniel Bryan’s “mentor” when Bryan was in NXT.

Bryan, who is likely to re-sign with WWE soon, discussed his goals for the remainder of his career, a career that he hopes will see him wrestling until he is 70 years old.

“For me, my goal is to enjoy this moment that I have in the WWE spotlight because that doesn’t last forever” Bryan said, in an interview with ESPN’s Arash Markazi. That really has taken hold since I was forced to retire. You have to appreciate every moment of this, but I also have to transition my style in a way that I could still be wrestling when I’m 70 years old. I want to transition my style slowly to something that’s a little bit easier on my body.”

“I have all these dream scenarios in my head where I would love to do this and that. I think that’s one of things that’s makes me so passionate about wrestling — the variety.”

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Samoa Joe Talks About the Influence of Arn Anderson

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WWE Hall of Famer and RAW producer Arn Anderson has had an impact on the WWE run of Samoa Joe, along with other wrestlers, who is preparing to face A.J. Styles for the WWE Heavyweight Championship this Sunday at SummerSlam.

“I think a guy, especially after I really started in the business was Arn Anderson” Samoa Joe said, during an interview with the Vulture Hound. “He had a real good technical acumen, great timing, incredibly explosive, and was able to kind of project an air about himself despite his stature. He seemed like he was ten feet tall.

“Bouncing back and forth, I caught a little bit of UWFI and I remember early Takada matches and seeing kind of the more shoot style of professional wrestling. It was a very mixed bag.”

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