By the time this week's SmackDown airs, we will only be two days away from Payback.
As such, the action from the Greensboro Coliseum figures to be very important.
While the card for the upcoming pay-per-view was pretty much filled out on Monday, there's still time for crucial storyline development and vital details to be revealed on the week's final television event.
Let's take a look at the complete results from Tuesday's tapings.
Sheamus defeats Antonio Cesaro. Afterwards, Damien Sandow attacks Sheamus
Heath Slater defeats The Great Khali
Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio defeat Dolph Ziggler and Big E Langston
Kaitlyn vs. Aksana never starts. Kaitlyn attacks Aksana and the referee
Curis Axel defeats Wade Barrett in a non-title match. Afterwards, The Miz attacks Axel
Randy Orton, Kane and Daniel Bryan defeat The Shield
The End of Team Hell No?
We pretty much knew this was coming after Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton vs. Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns and Kane vs. Dean Ambrose were both scheduled for Payback, but it appears Bryan will make it officially official at SmackDown.
Team Hell No is over.
After starting the show with a promo and a huge pop (shocking), The Flying Goat called Kane out to the ring, announced the breakup and called The Big Red Machine the weak link.
Kane responded by choking Bryan, but before he could land the big move, Orton interrupted.
The segment ended with the three of them bickering and The Shield laughing at them on the Jumbotron.
For those (read: everyone) hoping that Payback will witness Bryan's move towards singles action, the night's opening moments had to be encouraging.
Of course, Orton, Kane and Bryan's win to end the night may have put a little doubt to that same notion, but there's a good chance it was just the trio's swan song after watching The Shield go undefeated in six-man tag matches for so long.
Dolph Ziggler Loses
I imagine this conversation happening:
"Hey, the World Heavyweight champion has been out for about a month with an injury and will be making his return to the ring tonight. Also, he's defending his title at a PPV in a couple of days. Seems kind of important. How should we handle it?
"Have him lose in a tag match."
"Um, are you sure about that?"
"Actually, yeah, you're right. Have him get pinned, and make sure he looks weak in the process."
It's probably worth waiting until seeing the actual match before releasing all of the criticism, but the description, courtesy of ProWrestling.Net, doesn't sound good:
Big E and Del Rio started after Ziggler ducked out. Back and forth action to start. Ziggler tagged in with Del Rio, and immediately jumped back out. "Y2J" and "We Want Ziggler" chants rang out. An AJ distraction and slap to Jericho led to the heels taking control. Del Rio got the hot tag, and soon after, he rolled up Ziggler for the win.
So, Ziggler ducked out, jumped out and got rolled up for the pin? That's not exactly making your champion look strong.
It will be interesting to see how his championship match with Del Rio is handled on Sunday, but this isn't exactly what Ziggler fans want to see.
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