WWE SmackDown Review: Where Do We Go with the Upper Card Now?

Dustin Murrell@otheaudacitySenior Analyst ISeptember 21, 2012


Most WWE fans have been unhappy with the World Heavyweight Championship scene for a while now. Feuds with Sheamus seem to drag on, and Alberto Del Rio's series of matches felt no different.

There are a lot of other guys whose immediate future may evolve around the World Heavyweight Championship, including Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler. 

Daniel Bryan and Kane headlined SmackDown, and there's no question that they are a surprise hit within WWE. On occasion, the WWE Tag Team Champions get involved in a feud over a single's title. With Hell in a Cell on the horizon, maybe WWE should consider that route.

Defending the World Heavyweight Championship in the Cell has the potential to be the best match Sheamus has had during his reign, so a good opponent is essential. Or should I say "opponents."

Over the next few weeks, Kane and Daniel Bryan could continue to dominate the tag team scene, defending their titles regularly. As Hell in a Cell approaches, in one way or another (probably with an assist from their therapist), they are named the opponents for Sheamus at Hell in a Cell, for a Triple Threat match.

At Hell in a Cell, Sheamus attempts to hit Kane with the Brogue Kick, but Kane moves out of the way and it connects with Daniel Bryan. Kane chokeslams Sheamus, pins Bryan and becomes the new champion. Post-match, he fights with Bryan, and Bryan lays him out with the belt. Ziggler swoops in to cash in his briefcase as Bryan laughs at his tag team partner.

Since Orton is leaving to film a movie soon, I say let him get someone else over on his way out. Let ADR get a clean win over him, maybe even play up an elbow injury. This sets up a revival of this feud down the road.

Orton stays off TV until the Royal Rumble, makes a surprise comeback during the Royal Rumble match and steamrolls his way to WrestleMania after earning a spot against a champion of his choice. Ziggler vs. Orton is set for WrestleMania.

ADR, after his big win over Orton, will use that momentum to get another superstar over. It doesn't matter who, but it should be an up-and-coming face that could use a victory over a main event-level heel.

Instead of a tag team title match at HIAC, you have a No. 1 Contender's match, and the Prime Time Players finally get their title match at the following pay-per-view against Kane and Daniel Bryan.

Anyway, given what SmackDown gave us to work with, that's where I'd take the SmackDown main event. I don't necessarily think it will happen, but I'd love it if it did.

What do you think?