Even though the Royal Rumble has come and gone, there will be no rest for the weary on SmackDown this week, as Elimination Chamber is just a couple weeks away. The WWE likes to leave plenty of time to build toward WrestleMania, so the Chamber build will suffer, as it will happen at a frantic pace.
The ball already got rolling on Raw, and it was announced that The Rock would defend the WWE Championship against CM Punk in a Royal Rumble rematch. That would seem to indicate that a Chamber match will almost certainly take place on the SmackDown side involving the World Heavyweight Championship, so that is something worth watching this week.
Also, many of the mid-card storylines play out on SmackDown, so the likes of Team Hell No, Wade Barrett and Antonio Cesaro figure to be featured prominently. There isn't much time for angles to be developed for the mid-card titles, meaning that it's contingent upon the SmackDown writers to get things rolling quickly.
If that isn't enough, a fairly significant superstar reportedly makes his return to the blue brand this week, and it could very well shake up the world title scene.
Read more about that and everything else that you should be keeping an eye on while soaking in this week's edition of SmackDown.