WWE SmackDown Spoilers: Complete Results and Analysis for May 24
After the curious ending to Raw on Monday night, there were plenty of questions to be answered at the next SmackDown.
While Triple-H, the center of many of those questions, wasn't at Tuesday's taping in Omaha, Neb., Curtis Axel was there to explain how it was he who took out The Game, before he went on to squash Sin Cara.
Additionally, Daniel Bryan was in singles action, the Intercontinental and U.S. titles were on the line, and several other stars were showcased in the seemingly jam-packed event.
Let's take a look at the complete spoilers.
Intercontinental Championship: The Miz defeats Wade Barrett via disqualification. Barrett keeps the title.
Daniel Bryan defeats Jack Swagger via submission. Bryan and Kane argue afterwards.
Chris Jericho defeats The Big Show via countout.
Curtis Axel defeats Sin Cara.
United States Championship: Kofi Kingston vs. Dean Ambrose ends with a disqualification.
The Shield defeats Randy Orton, Sheamus and Kingston via pinfall.
Where Does The Shield Go Next?
On Raw last night, The Shield, Team Hell No and Kofi Kingston combined for a pay-per-view-worthy match:
I'm guessing no one would mind if we saw another month of that exact same feud, but it would appear the WWE is heading in another direction.
Sheamus and Orton joining this feud? Yes or no?
After Kingston vs. Ambrose ended with Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins interfering on SmackDown, it wasn't Team Hell No, but rather Sheamus and Randy Orton coming through with the save.
Teddy Long then booked the six-man tag match.
The Shield ended up winning when Ambrose pinned Kingston, but Team Hell No came down the ramp and threw Ambrose and Rollins back into the ring, where they were subsequently met with an RKO and Brogue Kick to finish the show.
Was that the passing-of-the-torch moment by Team Hell No? Will Orton and Sheamus team up at WWE Payback?
It will certainly be intriguing to see how this plays out in the upcoming weeks.
Daniel Bryan to Singles Competition?
Here's another sign Orton and Sheamus (along with Kingston) could be the new feud for The Shield.
Not only did Bryan look good in his singles win over Jack Swagger, who appears to be toast, but the Submission Specialist reportedly looked "crazy" before getting into an argument with Kane.
That sounds somewhat like the beginning of a heel turn to me, but it's something we'll have to monitor closely on Friday before jumping to conclusions.
Nevertheless, the breakup of Team Hell No was highly anticipated earlier in the year, and even if Bryan doesn't turn heel, the loss of the tag team titles could mean that separation is finally coming.
Will Wade Barrett Ever Win a Match?
Poor Wade Barrett.
Even when he defends his Intercontinental title, he doesn't actually win a match on his own.
However, it is certainly worth noting that the DQ came when Fandango interrupted and Barrett hit him with the Bullhammer.
Nevertheless, there is hope. Combine these events with Monday's tag team match, and it would appear Barrett is at least actually getting a feud:
Perhaps we are headed for Barrett vs. The Miz vs. Fandango at WWE Payback.
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