WWE Payback is just under two weeks away, and there still many questions left to be answered.
Daniel Bryan, The Shield, Randy Orton and several other top-of-the-business superstars have yet to be officially booked for the upcoming pay-per-view, while the wrestling world is compelled with Curtis Axel's direction and still waiting for the return of CM Punk and Dolph Ziggler.
With time running down, this week's SmackDown on Friday will continue to help clear the outlook for several of the intriguing storylines.
If you can't wait, here's a look at the spoilers from Tuesday's taping from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
Daniel Bryan and Kane argue on MizTV.
Curtis Axel defeats Chris Jericho. CM Punk's music hit, distracting Jericho. CM Punk didn't appear.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Heath Slater doesn't start after 3MB attacks Del Rio. Ricardo Rodriguez and Del Rio fight back.
Dolph Ziggler appears via satellite and announces he will be back on Raw next week.
Kane beats Ryback via disqualification.
Damien Sandow comes out for an intelligence segment. Sheamus Brogue Kicks Sandow's computer, and Sandow attacks Sheamus.
Fandango defeats Zack Ryder. Wade Barrett vs. Fandango vs. The Miz at Payback is announced.
Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan defeat Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns via disqualification when Dean Ambrose interferes.
Dark match: Team Hell No and Sheamus defeat The Shield via disqualification.
Daniel Bryan Turning Heel?
There is little question that Bryan is the most over superstar in the company right now. He gets massive pops from every audience and continually puts on A+ matches.
As such, the WWE would be smart to move him into singles action.
While it appears the company is on that track, though, it also seems as though it is using a heel turn to expedite the process.
Daniel Bryan should...
On this week's SmackDown, Bryan reportedly acted "heelish" in his MizTV argument with Kane (while Kane continues to defend Bryan) before telling Orton—the face most of the wrestling world actually wants to see turn heel—to stay out of his way.
Of course, things became slightly more cloudy when The Shield lost via Dean Ambrose interference, and Orton RKO'd Bryan.
With Bryan electrifying and enthralling the crowd on every night, and with the lack of over faces on the roster, it would seem like odd timing for a heel turn, but as long as the best beard in the business makes his way to singles action and gets a push towards a major title, I think I'll find a way to cope.
Ryback Continues His Momentum
Immediately after his Extreme Rules match with John Cena, Ryback was doing nothing more than storing his own job squad in the back of various ambulances.
But as of late, he has significantly taken his destruction to a new level.
Last week on SmackDown, he hospitalized and sidelined Kofi Kingston for a couple of months with a trio of table powerbombs.
After sending both Bryan and John Cena through a table on the most recent Raw, Mr. Feed Me More used this week's Smackdown to crush the 7'0", 320-pound Kane in impressive fashion.
The company continues to build Ryback up as an unstoppable heel monster leading into his Three Stages of Hell Match with John Cena, and it's becoming more apparent every day that Cena will win the Lumberjack match and Ryback will win the Tables match, leaving the WWE championship to be settled by the Ambulance match.