Another day with more spoilers from the wacky world of WWE. With the holidays taking place next week, the company has been taping shows this week that will hit the airwaves on Christmas Eve (Raw) and December 28 (SmackDown).
After providing detailed analysis of next week's installment of Raw, we wanted to give equal time to the blue brand, which taped the Dec. 28 show on Wednesday night.
It's not often that we say this, but this week has been brutal for the creative team. They had to create a three-hour pay-per-view on Sunday, three hours of Raw on Monday, two hours of SmackDown on Tuesday, another three hours of Raw on Tuesday and two hours of SmackDown on Thursday.
Considering all the work that group has put in, it's a miracle they have any brain power left to enjoy the holidays. That's for them to worry about, though. We are going to dive deep into the SmackDown spoilers.
Spoilers courtesy of NoDQ.com
|Brodus Clay def. Epico via pinfall|
|Wade Barrett, Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes def. Kane, Daniel Bryan and Kofi Kingston via pinfall|
|Antonio Cesaro def. Zack Ryder via pinfall|
|Dolph Ziggler def. The Miz via pinfall|
|Sheamus def. Brad Maddox via pinfall|
|The Usos def. Darren Young and Titus O'Neil via pinfall|
|World Heavyweight Championship: Big Show def. Alberto Del Rio via DQ|
Alberto Del Rio Is a Babyface Again
Following the Christmas Eve Raw tapings, which feature him playing the heel by hitting Santa Clause with a car and losing to John Cena in the main event, Del Rio is apparently back to being a babyface.
Del Rio gets the title shot against Show because Santino Marella, who was originally supposed to wrestle, "injured" his groin trying mimic the brogue kick.
Since WWE really has no direction for Del Rio as a heel, other than to serve him up to Cena on a weekly basis, it makes sense to switch him to babyface and see if that reinvigorates his character.
Sheamus Still Wants the Title
At the start of the show, Sheamus comes out and tells the world that he still wants to be world champion. Normally that wouldn't be such a bad thing, but we have seen his feud with Big Show go on far too long already.
If WWE wants to keep Sheamus in the title picture, it really should have him earning his shots, rather than just keep handing him matches against someone who continues to beat him clean in the middle of the ring.
Given how much time and effort was devoted to making Sheamus a big deal in 2012, the fact that he has to be stuck in a feud with the champion to remain relevant, rather than branching out to bigger and better things, is a problem for him.
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