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Friday on SmackDown, World Heavyweight Champion Edge will kick the show off when he addresses our fans about his WrestleMania XXIV showdown with Undertaker. This past Sunday at No Way Out, the Ultimate Opportunist retained his World Heavyweight Title by defeating an injured and, essentially, one-armed Rey Mysterio. The Rated-R Superstar took advantage of Mysterio’s torn biceps and exploited the injury to keep the gold around his waist. But Edge’s victory may have come at a high price, because the he will go to WrestleMania XXIV and defend his title against The Deadman.

The Rated-R Superstar’s No Way Out opponent, Rey Mysterio, had a tumultous week after learning of his injury and fighting for the gold despite the pain. Mysterio makes his return to San Diego this week where he will address his hometown fans on his future. What will Rey have to say in the heart of the 619?

The Phenom stamped his ticket to WrestleMania by defeating five other men in the second of two unprecedented Elimination Chamber Matches at No Way Out. Now, Undertaker will return to the event that has defined his career, and he will put his amazing undefeated record on the line as he pursues the World Heavyweight Championship. What will the Ultimate Opportunist do now that he knows he must face The Deadman and “The Streak” at WrestleMania XXIV? Will Undertaker have anything to say to the champion Friday on SmackDown?

After failing to come out of the Elimination Chamber with a victory, both Batista and MVP will be looking to find alternative plans for WrestleMania. The two Superstars will have a rematch from last week, when The Animal defeated the Franchise Playa. Who will find themselves one step closer to the Citrus Bowl in Orlando on March 30?

Two other Superstars hoping to earn their spot at the “Granddaddy of Them All” are Shelton Benjamin and Jimmy Wang Yang. The two Superstars will battle in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match, with the winner earning the right to fight for a guaranteed World Title fight in the future. Both ECW’s “Gold Standard” and SmackDown’s resident redneck are fast-paced and high-risk, but who will fly higher in San Diego?

Find out the answers to all these questions and more on SmackDown, Friday at 8/7 CT on The CW Network.

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