Every week here on Bleacher Report, I will take an in-depth look at SmackDown, recapping all the action, offering analysis and grading the matches, segments and anything else that takes place on the show, as well as provide some predictions on the direction of storylines after the show.
This week's SmackDown wasn't anything special in regard to the matches that took place, but we had some decent storyline development on several fronts, as well as an in-ring debut for two new Superstars.
Bray Wyatt accompanied Luke Harper and Erick Rowan to the ring for their match with Tons of Funk. Kane was still MIA, which meant Wyatt was responsible for carrying this program with his mic work once again.
Conspicuous by their absence this week were Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns. Mark Henry and The Usos were present for a six-man tag match, but the Hounds of Justice were nowhere to be seen, which is a little out of the ordinary for SmackDown.
Curtis Axel and Paul Heyman also took this week's show off, which meant WWE were leaving four title holders off the show between the WWE, IC, US and Tag champions. The company tried to make up for it with a CM Punk promo, but it didn't really do much more than let everyone know that Punk is still upset with Heyman.
The two men who seemed to have the most focus throughout the show were Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow. Their feud is building into one of the more interesting non-title programs at the moment, and SmackDown gave Cody a chance to verbally battle Sandow for the first time.
Let's get right into the action with the first match of the night, Randy Orton vs. Damien Sandow.