The road to TLC is getting shorter by the day, and this week's edition of SmackDown marks one of the WWE's final opportunities to prepare for the December pay-per-view. Most of the build has been occurring on Raw, but the blue brand has plenty of secondary angles going on at the moment.
Chief among them is the World heavyweight championship feud between Big Show and Sheamus. The two have already faced each other at both Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series, so TLC will essentially be the stage for their rubber match. Before that happens, though, the two combatants will continue to build up to it.
Also, with WWE champion CM Punk being removed from the TLC card due to surgery to repair cartilage tears in his knee, TLC has been thrown for a loop. The main event will now pit Ryback, Kane and Daniel Bryan against The Shield. We're likely to hear much more about that on Raw, but perhaps the anticipation will begin to mount on the blue brand.
Here are the top five things that you should be on the lookout for while watching this week's edition of SmackDown.