It's that time of the week, as we return with spoilers for the Aug. 9 edition of WWE presents Friday Night SmackDown. For those of you who aren't interested in learning what transpired on this week's show, please do not read any further.
As for those looking for an early dose of SmackDown, here are this week's spoilers provided by PWMania.com.
The night starts with a bang, as Randy Orton takes on Rob Van Dam in the opening match. From there, Fandango and Kofi Kingston meet in a rematch from Raw, Daniel Bryan faces a beardless Wade Barrett, Kane takes on 3MB and Alberto Del Rio clashes with Christian in a non-title match.
In other words, SmackDown has some high-profile names in action and a match filled with intriguing matches.
Here's how it all transpired.
- Randy Orton defeated Rob Van Dam via pinfall.
- AJ Lee and Big E. Langston appear on Miz TV. Dolph Ziggler and Kaitlyn interrupt the interview, and The Miz makes a mixed-gender tag team match between the two sides for Summerslam.
- Fandango defeated Kofi Kingston via Diving Leg Drop.
- Daniel Bryan defeated Wade Barrett via submission.
- Kane defeated 3MB via pinfall. Bray Wyatt cuts a promo about their Ring of Fire match after Kane's victory.
- Christian defeated Alberto Del Rio via pinfall in a non-title match. Del Rio attempted a post-match attack, but Christian countered and left ADR laying motionless in the ring.
- Damien Sandow emerged from the back with the Money in the Bank briefcase and a referee. Just before he could cash in, Cody Rhodes emerged from the back to break up his attempt.
Randy Orton's Heel Turn?
On this week's edition of WWE presents Monday Night Raw, Randy Orton made it clear that the only thing he cares for is pursuing the WWE Championship. After he, Daniel Bryan and John Cena fended off The Shield, Orton shocked the world with an RKO on The Bearded One.
Moments later, Cena found the same fate.
This week on Smackdown!, Orton is tasked with facing a red-hot Rob Van Dam, who is fresh off of a victory over World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio. With both men possessing momentum, it's clear that neither would walk away from this match unscathed.
This time around, it was Orton who walked away with the victory.
Orton defeats Van Dam in our opening match, which promises to be of a high quality. Both Orton and RVD are top tier competitors who have made a living out of pushing the boundaries both in the ring and out of it.
As the Twittersphere informed us, this was a very competitive contest.
Frank The Clown wasn't the only Twitter personality to chime in on the match.
Did we expect anything less from these two individuals?
Orton certainly has momentum entering Summerslam, which has most under the belief that he will cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. If that is the case, either Bryan or Cena, whom he toppled on Raw, will be in trouble.
As we all know, the Viper only strikes at the opportune moment.
What We Can't Wait to See: Alberto Del Rio vs. Christian
Since winning the World Heavyweight Championship from Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio's reign has been questionable, at best. For every act of dominance we see Del Rio tripped up by competitors that are without a title.
This week, Del Rio moves to 0-2 after losing to Rob Van Dam on Raw and Christian on SmackDown.
Del Rio and Christian are said to be involved in a match that lasted roughly 20 minutes in wrestling time. That alone peaks our interest, as these are two of the best in-ring performers in the world today.
Why we received a non-title match when they're set to face each other at Summerslam is unclear, but we wont complain if the action is good.
After the match, Damien Sandow reportedly comes down to the ring with a referee and his battered Money in the Bank briefcase. Just before Sandow could cash in, however, rival Cody Rhodes emerges and breaks it up.
Yet another reason why this match is worth watching.
Other matches that catch our eye are between Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett, and Fandango and Kofi Kingston. Bryan shaved Barrett's beard on Raw, while Kingston was victorious in his return to action, defeating Fandango at that same event.
The only question at this point is which match you, the readers, are most excited about seeing.