With The Rock and John Cena now serving as the main focus on Raw, SmackDown becomes increasingly important. WrestleMania XXIX is five weeks away, and there is still plenty of room on the card. Aside from a small handful of matches, things are pretty unsettled, so perhaps some questions will be answered this week.
There is no doubt that the World Heavyweight Championship feud between Alberto Del Rio and Jack Swagger will take up much of the airtime on the blue brand, though. Del Rio vs. Swagger is one of the few matches that is already set in stone for WrestleMania, and the rivalry was truly set in motion on Raw when the two of them, along with Zeb Colter and Ricardo Rodriguez, engaged in a spirited war of words on Miz TV.
As entertaining as that program promises to be, there are a lot of other talented guys on the roster with little direction at the moment. The Shield, Mark Henry, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Ryback, Team Hell No and many others are without a WrestleMania match at the moment.
There is obviously still plenty of time to get the ball rolling, but the WWE should try to strike as quickly as possible in order to build anticipation for 'Mania.
Here are the top five things that you should keep an eye on while watching this week's edition of SmackDown.