The final SmackDown tapings before the TLC pay-per-view was expected to be a subdued affair, just doing enough to build for the show and keeping everyone healthy. It turns out that was not the case, as one huge star was written off television for the time being.
We will dive deeper into what happened to this star, as well as what it means, but everything else that happened at the tapings was fairly subdued; a by-the-numbers show, if you will.
Considering what WWE is dealing with, having two of its top stars out of action for at least a short while, it makes sense that the company is just trying to stay afloat. Given how important the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania are, there is nothing wrong with wanting all your pieces available.
Here is a look at everything that happened at the SmackDown tapings, including full match results and the biggest angles to pay attention to.
Spoilers courtesy of NoDQ.com
|Big Show def. R-Truth via pinfall|
|Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow def. The Usos via pinfall|
|Kaitlyn def. Aksana via pinfall|
|Hornswoggle, Great Khali, Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel def. Primo, Epico, Darren Young and Titus O'Neil via pinfall|
|Kofi Kingston def. Alberto Del Rio via pinfall|
|Antonio Cesaro def. Sheamus via count-out|
Which Member Of The Shield Has The Most Upside In WWE?
We teased it earlier, now it is time we talk about it. Randy Orton appeared to be written off television when he was attacked by The Shield.
The trio of Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns beat up Orton and, as has become their signature, put him through a table. Shortly after the attack, it was announced to the crowd that Orton suffered a concussion and separated shoulder.
It turns out there is some concern that Orton suffered a wrist injury during the Tribute To The Troops taping over the weekend, and he will need time off to prevent the injury from getting worse.
This could turn out to be a smart move, assuming WWE follows up on it, because it will give The Shield a simple, easy storyline with one of the biggest stars in the company whenever Orton returns.
Antonio Cesaro in a Main Event
Even though it was only a fluke victory, the fact that Antonio Cesaro was in a one-on-one television main event and defeated Sheamus is a big story to follow.
Cesaro is one of the most talented young performers on the WWE roster. He doesn't have the kind of catchy gimmick that will make him an instant star, but his potential is as high as anyone in WWE.
Putting Cesaro in a match with Sheamus just days before a pay-per-view shows how much trust WWE already has in him. It will be interesting to follow his trajectory in 2013 and see whether he is given a fair shot at making it in the main event.
Kofi Kingston-Wade Barrett Feud Picks Up
With just one more show left to build up their match at TLC for the intercontinental championship, Kingston and Barrett have a brawl after Kingston defeats Alberto Del Rio.
Barrett tries to attack Kingston from behind, but Kingston sees it coming and levels Barrett with the Trouble In Paradise. Considering how little time is devoted to building up the intercontinental title, it is nice to see it getting some attention on television again.
It seems like Barrett should win the title sooner rather than later, though Kingston has done a good enough job with the belt in recent months that it would not be the worst creative decision to keep it around his waist for another month.
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