After a polarizing Raw on Monday night—some loved it, others were completely underwhelmed—fans will be hoping this week's SmackDown from PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C., is unquestionably and undoubtedly great.
Adding to the pressure for the WWE, with less than two weeks until Extreme Rules, each subsequent TV event will be more important in building up the highly anticipated pay-per-view.
So, will Friday's episode once again be met with mixed emotions like several of the past SmackDown's, or will it be captivating?
Let's take a look at the full results from Tuesday's taping.
Quick Match Recap
Dark Match: Adrian Neville defeats Curt Hawkins
Kofi Kingston defeats Cody Rhodes
Jack Swagger vs. Big E Langston: No DQ Match ends with Alberto Del Rio holding the belt on top of a ladder
Dean Ambrose defeats Daniel Bryan via DQ
The Big Show defeats Tensai. Afterwards, Randy Orton attacks Big Show
Jericho defeats Ryback via DQ
Dark Match: Sheamus and Randy Orton defeat Mark Henry and Big Show. Big pop for Sheamus
Ryback Continues Assault on the WWE
In the night's main event, Jericho, who got a major pop and was even able to hit the Codebreaker at one point, scored the victory when Ryback hit him with a low blow.
Afterwards, however, Ryback threw Y2J over the announcer's table to end the show.
As we near his Extreme Rules title match with John Cena, Mr. Feed Me More continues to be built up as an unstoppable monster heel, while Cena was nowhere to be found.
Kofi Kingston and Team Hell No?
After a solid match between Ambrose and Bryan that involved terrific offense from both sides, the former was able to grab the win because of interference.
It wasn't interference by Bryan's tag team partner, Kane, who was busy dealing with Seth Rollins ringside. Instead, it was Kingston, the current U.S. champion, who attacked Ambrose.
After an embarrassing losing streak to start the year, The Dreadlocked Dynamo is in the midst of a major push by the WWE. Could we be headed for this (via Joshua Overton)?
Joshua Overton @JoshuaCOverton
What a match between Daniel Bryan & Dean Ambrose! Kofi to the rescue! 6 man tag at Extreme Rules? #Smackdown #WWEraleigh #TheShield5/8/2013, 1:02:31 AM
We've long wondered who would join Team Hell No against The Shield at Extreme Rules, and this would be a truly intriguing answer. Of course, this could also just signify another step towards Ambrose securing the U.S. title, while the other four battle for the tag team titles.
Alberto Del Rio's Turn With a Ladder
On this week's episode of Raw, it was Swagger who interrupted a match between Del Rio and Ziggler with the brute force of a ladder:
This time around, Del Rio was able was interfere, and after all three gave us an Extreme Rules preview, The Mexican Aristocrat came out on top and was able to pose at the top of the ladder with the belt in his hands.
Ziggler is the world heavyweight champion, but you probably wouldn't know it by watching these shows. His buildup as a champion hasn't really been an impressive one, and that's putting it lightly.
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