Money in the Bank is quickly approaching, and the necessity for the WWE to further storylines and increase interest grows by the day.
As such, this week's SmackDown, which has rarely disappointed recently, will be crucial.
The headliner for the upcoming show will undoubtedly be the return of CM Punk to Friday night and his compelling battle with world heavyweight champion Alberto Del Rio.
Of course, Superstars such as Dolph Ziggler, Randy Orton and Christian will also be in action, while other storylines will be addressed as we near the highly anticipated pay-per-view.
Nevertheless, without live appearances from Daniel Bryan and several other popular stars, the lineup feels slightly underwhelming.
Still, there's no possible way to judge the show until we actually see it. But until then, here are some spoilers to help pique your interest.
- CM Punk gives a promo. Alberto Del Rio interrupts.
- The Usos defeat Rhodes Scholars. Afterwards, The Shield gives a promo on the big screen.
- Alicia Fox defeats Kaitlyn, who is distracted by AJ Lee.
- Randy Orton defeats Christian.
- Dolph Ziggler defeats Drew McIntyre. Afterwards, 3MB attacks Ziggler, but he gets away.
- Fandango defeats Justin Gabriel.
- Zeb Colter, Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger give a promo.
- Alberto Del Rio vs. CM Punk (with Paul Heyman on commentary) goes to a double count-out.
Moment We're Looking Forward to: CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio
Forget storylines (although the development of the Punk-Heyman storyline is certainly intriguing). Forget feuds. Forget promos. Forget everything else. CM Punk vs. Alberto Del Rio—on a strictly inside-the-ring basis—is going to be spectacular.
Punk's talent is obvious. Not only is he invigorating with a microphone in his hand (he'll be making a promo on Friday, so that's just gravy here), but he is also world-class inside the ring. Athleticism, technical ability, a variety of movies, ability to tell a story—he has it all.
You're going to find very little debate on the contrary in that regard.
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Del Rio, on the other hand, is a little more polarizing. Not everyone enjoys his character, and not everyone believes in the validity of his world heavyweight championship. But his combination of strength and agility inside the ring is terrific. He can put on a good match with almost anyone.
Let these two go to work inside the ring, and you're going to get a good ol' fashioned, entertaining wrestling match.
According to PWTorch.com, the match lasts a solid 18 minutes before the inevitable no-winner decision, and odds are every minute will be scintillating.