It is safe to say that when WWE started planning SmackDown for this week—likely after Raw ended because that's how Vince McMahon likes to handle things—it was never expected to be all about CM Punk being injured.
By now, everyone has heard about the knee surgery that WWE champion CM Punk underwent on Tuesday afternoon. With him out of action for the time being, everything being planned for the TLC pay-per-view was changed on the fly.
There are conflicting reports about what this means for Punk at the pay-per-view. According to PWInsider.com, the knee surgery is going to be used as part of his angle against Ryback for TLC.
However, WrestlingObserver.com (subscription required) is reporting that officials have no timetable for Punk's return and a clear picture will likely come in a couple of days.
Who knows if that really is the case anymore, though. WWE has big plans for Punk starting at the Royal Rumble, so the company might not want to risk further damage to him in what is, quite frankly, a pointless match with Ryback.
We will have a full look at all the major angles and matches from this week's SmackDown tapings. Since we are discussing the show in detail, obviously, we will be spoiling what happens. If you don't want to know, stop reading now.
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|Big Show def. Daniel Bryan|
|Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Jinder Mahal def. Brodus Clay and The Usos|
|Randy Orton def. Wade Barrett due to Kofi Kingston distracting Barrett|
|Great Khali and Hornswoggle def. Epico and Primo|
| Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio|
CM Punk Off TLC; Main Event Changed
It was announced on the show that CM Punk will not, in fact, be wrestling at TLC. Ryback, who was to challenge Punk for the WWE title, will team with Daniel Bryan and Kane to take on The Shield in a TLC match.
In an interesting move, that match will end via pinfall, not with someone climbing a ladder. That makes some sense, since WWE would get nothing by having Bryan and Kane put the tag titles on the line in this match, and Ryback has no business trying to climb a ladder.
Big Show and Sheamus Agree to No Touching
With just over a week to go until the TLC pay-per-view, Sheamus and Big Show kicked off SmackDown to sign an agreement that they won't touch each other before the event.
Big Show and Sheamus have been locked in a feud for the world title since October, when Show defeated Sheamus for the championship at Hell in a Cell. Considering that their encounters lately have ended with someone being beaten with a chair, which is why they are having a chairs match, it makes sense to keep them apart.
Big Show Beats Daniel Bryan; Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns Attack Bryan
Right after the Show and Sheamus segment, Show gets to wrestle Daniel Bryan. After Show defeats Bryan, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns attack Bryan before Kane comes out.
Rollins and Reigns get the upper hand on Kane and drive him through a table, which has become their hallmark since debuting at the Survivor Series.
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