This week's SmackDown was taped in Houston and has been promoted as the night Alberto Del Rio's SummerSlam opponent will be revealed.
The show was actually taped last week due to the WWE's tour of Australia and South Africa, so fans who try their hardest to avoid spoilers have had a harder time than usual.
Those same fans are advised to stop reading here as below this point there are heavy spoilers for the Aug. 2 edition of Friday Night SmackDown.
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Del Rio Picks His SummerSlam Opponent
As we all know, John Cena was given the opportunity to pick his SummerSlam opponent by Brad Maddox, and would end up choosing the super-over Daniel Bryan.
Two weeks later WWE officials probably realized that they should book a world heavyweight championship match for SummerSlam as well, so Alberto Del Rio will get to pick his opponent on Friday's show.
Things will work out much differently than they did in the WWE title picture of course. The Mexican Aristocrat picks Ricardo Rodriguez as his opponent!
Well, at least he’ll try to. Vickie Guerrero isn’t having any of it and announces a Triple Threat match tonight that will determine the No. 1 contender to Del Rio’s gold—RVD vs. Randy Orton vs. Christian.
Jack Swagger Covers Familiar Territory
The first match of the night will see Cody Rhodes defeat Jack Swagger. Not only does Rhodes beat Swagger, but he does it in around two minutes.
It’s been a rough few weeks for The Real American.
He was the first opponent in Bryan’s epic gauntlet match on Raw last week and has suffered losses to the likes of Christian and Dolph Ziggler.
This very quick loss doesn’t signal a reversal of fortunes for the former world heavyweight champion.
After the match Cody cut a promo on throwing Damien Sandow’s briefcase into the Gulf of Mexico but he was attacked from behind by The Intellectual Saviour of the Masses.
Expect a match between the two former Rhodes Scholars to be announced soon.
CM Punk In Action Against Fandango
CM Punk made a rare appearance on last week’s SmackDown to talk about his match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, but he was interrupted by Fandango.
Fandango was dropped with a GTS last week but on Friday's show the two will clash in singles competition.
Even though the brand split doesn’t really exist anymore, an appearance by The Second City Saint still feels like an interpromotional event.
Ultimately Fandango taps to Punk’s Anaconda Vice as The Best prepares for The Beast.
As nice as it is to see Punk on SmackDown, the WWE's treatment of Fandango is a little perplexing. It doesn't look like The Ballroom Brawler will be involved in a program for SummerSlam.
AJ Gets a Partner in Crime
Divas Champion AJ Lee was defeated by her nemesis Kaitlyn on this week’s episode of Raw, and the two will meet again Friday—but this time with the title on the line.
AJ and Kaitlyn have made the Divas Championship a little more meaningful over the last few months, but the takeaway here isn’t the title match.
Layla turns heel by protecting AJ, which leads to a loss for Kaitlyn. The segment ends with Lee and Layla skipping up the ramp.
What’s interesting about this are the implications on the Big E-Ziggler feud.
Was the match between Langston and Ziggler on Raw the end of their program? Adding Layla to the mix would only serve to further dilute things, so it’s possible that this is the beginning of a new saga for AJ.
One More Match
The highlight of the night certainly looks to be the main event. Randy Orton, Rob Van Dam and Christian face off in a Triple Threat match to determine the No. 1 contender for Del Rio’s gold.
It turns out all of those little victories Captain Charisma has been amounting have been building up to a world championship program, as he scores the surprise win.
The victory comes when Christian rolls up Randy Orton after an RKO to RVD. Now the Cap gets one more match for the heavyweight championship.
It seems the WWE has a thing for putting Del Rio in feuds with underutilized talents.
First Ziggler and now Christian, the feud between The Essence of Excellence and the underrated veteran will surely be an exhilarating one for all of the Peeps out there.