WWE SmackDown: 6 Storylines to Watch for on 7/19/2013
Money in the Bank is over, but that doesn't mean that the feuds from MITB are over. In fact, some of them are just getting started.
This week's SmackDown will feature the fallout from MITB, but it will also set in motion some storylines that will culminate at SummerSlam in August.
Before we preview this week's SmackDown, let's take a brief look back at what happened at MITB.
Damien Sandow and Randy Orton won the World and WWE title briefcases, respectively. Both men are first-time winners, but for Randy Orton the case could be the first step toward his 10th title reign. Sandow, on the other hand, is looking to get his first taste of gold in WWE.
None of the titles that were on the line at MITB changed hands, leaving Alberto Del Rio, John Cena, The Shield, Curtis Axel and AJ Lee with their belts.
WWE has had numerous storylines going on at the same time recently, which has made the product more interesting and more watchable.
Let's take a look at what we can expect to see on this week's SmackDown.
Dolph Ziggler and AJ's Breakup
Dolph Ziggler officially dumped AJ on Monday, and the pint-sized psycho made it clear that she was not happy about being left by the Showoff.
AJ cost Ziggler two matches in a row against Alberto Del Rio, the first being for the World title. This is what led to Ziggler sending her packing.
The next night on Raw, after costing him his second loss to Del Rio, AJ proceeded to slap the taste out of Ziggler's mouth before Big E. Langston came out and put Ziggler down with The Big Ending.
This storyline is just getting started, and it will likely lead to a match at SummerSlam between Langston and Ziggler.
This Friday should see the continuation of this storyline and give us a good idea of how AJ and Langston's relationship will develop from here.
Will they end up together, or will Langston be the first Superstar to see AJ's craziness as being too much to handle? Time will tell.
RVD's Continued Integration Back into WWE
RVD gave a great performance during his ladder match at MITB, and the next night on Raw, he and Jericho tore the house down in what will likely end up being the match of the week.
Since RVD is back in WWE, it makes sense that WWE would want him in some kind of feud to make the best use of his talents, but so far nothing has been put in motion.
This Friday will feature the return of RVD to SmackDown. Mr. Monday Night will be looking to make his mark on Friday nights once again, and somebody will likely end up on the receiving end of a Five-Star Frog Splash.
Where RVD goes from here is uncertain. Will he reignite an old feud or go after someone who has debuted since his last WWE run? Or will somebody else set their sights on Rob Van Dam first?
SummerSlam is almost exactly one month away, so if WWE wants to get RVD into a program, Friday would be the perfect time to plant the seeds.
The Shield and the World's Strongest Man
Mark Henry shocked the world by pretending to retire before attacking John Cena. Now it appears WWE has gone in a different direction with The World's Strongest Man.
Henry was attacked by The Shield on Monday, which will undoubtedly set in motion a babyface turn for the powerhouse.
Henry has been the best he has ever been as a heel over the past year, so seeing how he performs as a babyface will be interesting to see.
What needs to be figured out now is what kind of match will take place. Will Henry face one member of the group, be in a handicap match or team up with someone else to take on the whole group?
Vickie Guerrero's Quest for a Job
After being fired by Stephanie McMahon on Raw, Vickie has been lobbying for another position within WWE, even going as far as to petition fans outside the arena.
Vickie has a supporter in Vince McMahon, so it is logical to assume that she will end up back in some kind of backstage position before too long.
Teddy Long is clearly not a fan of Vickie after having her ejected from the building last week, so we should expect him to offer her the same treatment this week if she shows up again.
Vickie is someone who WWE can always rely on for some solid heat form the crowd, so it would be wise to keep her around in some capacity. Friday could determine what role we see the cougar take on moving forward.
Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes' Rocky Friendship
Damien Sandow put friendship aside when he ripped Cody Rhodes off the ladder and climbed up to retrieve the briefcase that guarantees him a World title match at the time and place of his choosing.
This clearly upset the mustachioed Rhodes, as he took out his frustrations on Sandow Monday night following his loss to Christian.
Can the former best friends make up, or will Rhodes hold a grudge against the intellectual savior of the masses? Friday will likely provide us answers to this question as well as give us a better idea of whether Rhodes will make a full babyface turn or not.
Judging from the positive reaction that Rhodes received during the ladder match and subsequent attack on Sandow, he might not have a choice when it comes to the fans showing support for him.
Will Anyone Cash in Their Title Shot?
The biggest question on everyone's mind following Money in the Bank is how long it will take for someone to cash in their briefcase for a title shot.
Since the MITB concept received its own PPV where two winners were crowned, at least one winner has cashed in within a month of winning the case.
There is always a sense of "anything can happen" when someone is walking around with one of those cases, and right now two different men are walking around holding title shots.
Who will cash in first? Will either man fail to cash in and win the title? These are the kinds of question we might see answered on Friday, or it could take nearly a year to get those answers.
Tune in Friday to find out if any of these questions are answered and to see what feuds get set in motion on the road to SummerSlam.
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