It feels very much like the calm before the storm right now in WWE. There are still big storylines being pushed forward on Raw and SmackDown, but things won't really kick into gear until after Elimination Chamber on February 17.
At the SmackDown tapings this week, there was forward movement for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view with one superstar earning a shot in the SmackDown Chamber match.
That is just the beginning of things, as it was a very busy show moving pieces forward. With just days remaining until the pay-per-view, that's really all you can ask from the creative team right now.
Here is a look at all the spoilers from this week's SmackDown tapings from Jacksonville.
Spoilers courtesy of NoDQ.com
|Cody Rhodes def. Kofi Kingston|
|Great Khali def. Titus O'Neil|
|Big Show def. Kane|
|Jack Swagger def. Justin Gabriel|
|Tensai def. Drew McIntyre via DQ|
|Antonio Cesaro def. Sin Cara|
|Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match: Mark Henry def. Randy Orton|
Mark Henry's Hall of Pain is back
Not only did Mark Henry make a statement by returning to SmackDown this week and destroy poor Great Khali, likely giving WWE the excuse it needed to write him out of the Elimination Chamber, but he also secured himself a spot in the match.
After months away recovering from various ailments, Henry was given a match with Randy Orton that would put him in the Chamber match if he defeated the Viper. As you can see by the results, he did just that.
There are now four participants (Henry, Orton, Daniel Bryan and Rey Mysterio) who will be battling for the world title shot at WrestleMania against the winner of the Alberto Del Rio-Big Show match.
Alberto Del Rio banned from the building
In an effort to make sure no one actually sees him live carrying the championship belt, Alberto Del Rio was suspended from SmackDown this week. Never one to let a good suspension get in the way of things, Del Rio was part of the show outside the building.
Del Rio's feud with Big Show continued to grow, as Del Rio decided to play with Big Show's personal tour bus before having a Nickelodeon moment and dropping paint all over the challenger for the world title.
Show's bus is just sitting outside, where Del Rio can get to it, so the world champion tries to take the wheels off the bus. When Show comes after Del Rio, a mysterious batch of paint falls from the sky onto the monster.
Apparently Del Rio has the sense of humor of a six-year-old kindergarten student. And WWE wonders why no one buys him as a babyface.