Friday's SmackDown is the WWE's last show and final chance to prepare before Extreme Rules.
As such, there will be immense pressure for the company to not only put on a scintillating event, but to also provide one that successfully puts the finishing touches on any storylines that need one final push.
SmackDown's reputation has been taking some seriously negative hits in the recent past. With plenty on the line in preparation for the upcoming PPV, would the action from the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan., enthrall its audience, or would it continue to disappoint?
Let's take a look at Tuesday's tapings.
Dark match: Adrian Neville and Bo Dallas defeat Epico and Primo.
Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns defeat The Usos.
Tensai and Brodus Clay defeat The Prime Time Players.
Chris Jericho defeats Antonio Cesaro despite interference from Fandango.
The Miz defeats Damien Sandow.
Kaitlyn defeats Aksana in a non-title match.
Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus defeat Big Show, Jack Swagger and Mark Henry.
Will The Shield Take Home Gold at Extreme Rules?
The trio's final tuneup at SmackDown didn't really sway their outlook either way.
After unsurprisingly making very quick work of The Usos, Rollins and Reigns were joined in their traditional post-match beatdown by Dean Ambrose.
Not so fast, though. Kofi Kingston, who is set to defend his U.S. title against Ambrose on Sunday, came to the rescue with the help of a steel chair and drove The Shield away.
While that provides some nice momentum for the high-flying champion, the WWE has been providing Ambrose and The Shield with a push of epic proportions. It's difficult to imagine the company not following up on that at Extreme Rules.
As for Rollins and Reigns, one fan suggests a bit of an off-the-wall idea for a future feud should they pull out the victory over Team Hell No on Sunday:
@BelieveInJMH I wouldn't mind a feud between The Usos & The Shield over the tag titles5/15/2013, 2:41:42 AM
The Usos have been getting far more airtime recently, and the tag team division needs a injection of energy. Do you think this would serve as one, or should a different duo get a chance at the titles?
Six-Man Tag Team Match
Score one for the good guys.
The faces came away with the victory in the night's main event when Orton ended the match with an RKO on Swagger, and afterwards, Sheamus hit Big Show with a Brogue Kick.
It was a long match that featured plenty of offense and some exciting moments.
At one point, both Zeb Colter and Ricardo Rodriguez got involved, further suggesting that it's a stone-cold lock they'll both be involved somehow in Swagger and Del Rio's I Quit match at Extreme Rules.
Meanwhile, Orton and Sheamus both earned some important momentum leading up to their respective matches with Show and Henry, and the overwhelming assumption is that they'll both earn victories on Sunday.
This fan, however, thinks it means just the opposite:
Josh Gross @josh3302
With the faces winning the big 6 man tag match on Smackdown (Orton, Sheamus, Del Rio), I wonder if this means the heels win on Sunday....5/15/2013, 3:18:44 AM
Will this six-man tag match hold true again during Sunday's individual action, or will the heels get revenge?
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