Last week's episode of SmackDown was one of the best in recent memory, so the writers for the blue brand have a lot to live up to this week. The odds of the WWE replicating the success of last week's show are fairly low, but there are pieces in place that should make it entertaining nonetheless.
The main highlights a week ago were certainly the return of The Rock on SmackDown for the first time in a decade, as well as Alberto Del Rio beating Big Show in a Last Man Standing match for the World Heavyweight Championship. The Rock won't be there this time and we probably won't see another title change. However Del Rio is scheduled to celebrate his championship triumph.
Also, with the Royal Rumble less than two weeks away, there promises to be plenty of build toward the event. The likes of Sheamus, Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler have already declared their participation in the Rumble match, and they figure to be involved on SmackDown in some capacity. Also, perhaps we'll see some new entrants enter the fray.
With all of that and more, SmackDown figures to be a highly entertaining show this week. Here are the top five things to keep an eye on while watching the blue brand.