Hot on the heels of the Raw 20th anniversary spectacular, if you want to call it that, SmackDown had to set itself up for what will happen at the Royal Rumble in less than two weeks.
There are a lot of moving parts that have left SmackDown in a state of transition heading into the first major pay-per-view of the year. Alberto Del Rio winning the world title was the biggest change, but there is also the handling of Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler's potential rise.
With so much happening, SmackDown actually feels worth watching for the first time in a long time. It used to be all you had to do was watch Raw to see where things were at, but that no longer feels like the case.
Here is a look at what happened at this week's SmackDown tapings in San Antonio, as well as a look at the top storylines to come from the show.
Spoilers courtesy of WrestlingInc.com
|Antonio Cesaro def. Kofi Kingston|
|Team Hell No & Randy Orton def. Team Rhodes Scholars & Wade Barrett|
|The Miz def. Primo|
|Kaitlyn def. Aksana|
|Alberto Del Rio & Sheamus def. Big Show & Dolph Ziggler|
Alberto Del Rio Throws a Party
Who will be world champion after the Royal Rumble?
In celebration of his surprise title win last week, Alberto Del Rio decided that now was the time to throw a party for himself.
While it will be interesting to see how this comes off on television, usually when a new champion throws himself a party, it is because he is a heel wanting to get himself more recognition. But Del Rio is supposed to be a hot babyface, though he reportedly doesn't get much of a reaction.
In the midst of Del Rio telling the world how wonderful he is, as all babyfaces do, Dolph Ziggler cuts him off. He is followed by Big Show and Sheamus, which leads to the main-event tag match.
It is interesting that Ziggler was the first one to come out. Perhaps WWE has a plan for him to finally cash in the briefcase sooner rather than later.
Dissension in Team Hell No
Daniel Bryan and Kane can be one of the most entertaining acts in all of WWE, but like all tag teams in the company, at some point you have to move towards breaking them up.
WWE could be moving that way with Team Hell No, or it could just be more of Kane ignoring his little buddy.
Following the victory for Team Hell No and Orton over Team Rhodes Scholars and Wade Barrett, Kane hugged Orton in celebration. Bryan then had to join in to get some attention, which really does make him sound like a 10-year-old child not getting enough hugs from his mom.
Of course, given the fact that he so desperately wants to turn heel, this could be another step taken to push Orton over the edge in the not-too-distant future.