With the busiest time of the year on the WWE calendar quickly approaching, each and every show is of the utmost importance. That will be true of this week's episode of SmackDown as the WWE builds toward the Royal Rumble pay-per-view and the road to WrestleMania.
While we already know that CM Punk and The Rock will be facing off for the WWE Championship and the Rumble match itself is in place, the rest of the card is shrouded in mystery. That includes a potential World Heavyweight Championship match, as it is still uncertain who Big Show will be facing a few weeks from now.
Also, there is plenty of mid-card action going on in the WWE currently and SmackDown seems to spend a decent amount of time on those feuds. Wade Barrett and Kofi Kingston are battling over the Intercontinental Championship as Barrett took the strap on Raw, while United States Champion Antonio Cesaro and The Miz got heated on Main Event.
With all of that and more sure to play out on the blue brand this week, here are the top five things you should be looking for while watching SmackDown.