There is no question that SmackDown is in a period of transition. Night of Champions isn't even two weeks in the past, and there is still more than a month until Hell in a Cell.
Most feuds have yet to begin, meaning that this week's SmackDown promises to be an important one, as the build towards the next pay-per-view gets underway.
World heavyweight champion Sheamus is the flag bearer for the WWE's blue brand, but many have grown tired of his angle with Alberto Del Rio. After beating Del Rio once again at Night of Champions, however, it's quite likely that The Great White will be moving on to new prey.
The tag titles and United States title have also been featured prominently on SmackDown in recent weeks, so they promise to be part of the show as well.
In precisely what capacity is anyone's guess.
On top of that, talented stars outside the title picture such as Randy Orton, Wade Barrett and Dolph Ziggler are in limbo with no clear prospects ahead of them. How SmackDown uses them could certainly make or break the show this week and down the line.
Here are the top five things you should be looking for while watching this week's episode of SmackDown.