[SD] Preview for Friday Night SmackDown

In its official Smackdown preview, WWE.com includes a link to comments from Teddy Long on the SD match at WWE Homecoming. Here’s what he said:

“Holla, Holla, Holla! Now Eric Bischoff might be all hot and bothered by it, but Mr. McMahon has spoken, SmackDown will be at WWE Homecoming. The hard choice is which SmackDown Superstars deserve to be showcased in this historic match on RAW? Well, I have until Friday Night SmackDown to determine which SmackDown Superstar will get his shine on. Should it be Rey Mysterio? Eddie Guerrero? The Undertaker? The United States Champion Chris Benoit? The Legend Killer Randy Orton? John Bradshaw Layfield? The World Heavyweight Champion Batista? What I can promise you is that the match you will see on WWE Homecoming will show exactly why Friday Night SmackDown is TV that’s changing Friday nights!”

Here’s the official preview, including pre-emptions:

Heading to Homecoming
September 30, 2005

Monday night’s RAW on the USA Network will be one of the biggest shows in the history of sports-entertainment. Because of the magnitude of this show, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long has done everything he could to make sure his show had a presence on “WWE Homecoming.” Despite some resistance from RAW General Manager Eric Bischoff, Long was granted a presence. WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon will allow Long to hold one SmackDown match on the Oct. 3 RAW on the USA Network. Which SmackDown Superstars will take part in the historic match? WWE.com caught up with Theodore Long to attempt gain some insight on which Superstars will be involved. Click here for for his comments.

Last week Eddie Guerrero was suffering from a mysterious stomach ailment that he thought might prevent him from teaming up with Batista to take on MNM. Eddie struggled just to get to the ring, but he miraculously recovered in time to tag himself in and steal Batista’s pin. At the end of the show Batista looked rather annoyed with Eddie. This week, the unlikely duo must put that aside and team up once more, as they take on L.O.D. for the WWE Tag Team Championship.

Also last week, Ken Kennedy scored a victory over Rey Mysterio thanks to an assist from JBL. This week, Rey has enlisted the help of Hardcore Holly, and they will face JBL and Kennedy in tag team action.

Just nine days prior to his Handicap Casket Match with Cowboy Bob Orton and Randy Orton at No Mercy, Undertaker will square off with Cowboy Bob in a one-on-one encounter. Will the Hall of Famer be able to subdue the Deadman, and will Randy Orton be lurking at ringside?

Plus, the Divas will be in action when MNM’s Melina takes on Christy Hemme. Don’t miss SmackDown Friday night at 8/7 CT on UPN for all this action and much more.

Programming note – The Sept. 30 edition of Friday Night SmackDown will be preempted in the following areas. Below are times you can watch SmackDown:

New York (WWOR) – Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.
Boston (WSBK) – Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.
Wash. DC (WDCA) – Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m.
Sacramento (KMAX) – Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m.
Hartford (WCTX) – Saturday, Oct. 1 at 8 p.m.
Harrisburg (WLYH) – Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m.
Reno (KAME) – Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m.
Lafayette (KLAF) – Friday, Sept. 30 at 9:30 p.m.
Chico (KRVU) – Sunday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.
Salisbury (EBOC) – Friday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 p.m.
Utica (WPNY) – Friday, Sept. 30 at 10 p.m.
Eureka (KUVU) – Sunday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m.