Tuesday signals the event that some professional wrestling fans love and others seem to dread: Spoilers for this week's edition of WWE presents Friday Night SmackDown are officially available.
If you want to wait until Friday to figure out what happens on this week's edition of SmackDown, stop reading here.
With spoilers provided by WrestlingInc.com, we were given a full breakdown of what's shaping up to be a memorable show. With Christian facing Damien Sandow, AJ Lee and Layla taking on Kaitlyn and Natalya, The Shield battling Big Show, Mark Henry and Rob Van Dam, Jack Swagger tackling The Miz, and Curtis Axel meeting Zack Ryder, there's no opportune moment for walking away from your television.
Did we mention that Daniel Bryan faced Wade Barrett in a No Disqualification match? Like we said, memorable.
- The Wyatt Family attack Kane after cutting a promo on their Ring of Fire match.
- Christian defeats Damien Sandow via pinfall. Alberto Del Rio attacks after the match, but Christian reverses the Cross Armbreaker into the Killswitch.
- Big Show and Rob Van Dam cut a backstage segment.
- AJ Lee and Layla defeat Kaitlyn and Natalya.
- Ryback cuts an interview.
- Big Show, Mark Henry and Rob Van Dam defeat The Shield after KO Punch and Five Star Frog Splash.
- The Miz defeats Jack Swagger via pinfall.
- Curtis Axel defeats Zack Ryder. Paul Heyman cuts a promo on CM Punk after the match.
- Daniel Bryan defeats Wade Barrett via pinfall in a No Disqualification match. Vince McMahon, Brad Maddox, Triple H and Randy Orton all came out during the course of the clash.
The Shield vs. Big Show, Mark Henry and Rob Van Dam
If The Shield were ever in danger of facing defeat, it was at this week's edition of Friday Night SmackDown. Paired with Rob Van Dam was the extraordinarily massive tandem of Big Show and Mark Henry.
And lose they did.
Big Show and Mark Henry were enough to offset the numbers game on their own, which makes RVD just an added benefit. When one of the professional wrestling industry's true pioneers can be referred to in that manner, success is bound to follow.
Unfortunately for The Shield, that meant a rare defeat.
Another slow un-push, per se, for the Hounds of Justice.
Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins were once the biggest thing in professional wrestling. They took down the top stars in WWE, avoided defeat at every turn and ruled the main event scene by earning a numbers advantage when the matches were even.
Now, The Shield is attempting to look strong while facing defeat.
It would've been hard to explain those three men defeating a team as massive as Big Show, Henry and RVD. With that being said, The Shield's open challenge for a contender to the tag team belts provides us with an interesting storyline.
At least that's something to hang our hat on.
What We Want to See: Daniel Bryan vs. Wade Barrett in No DQ Match
At this very moment, the two men thrust deepest into the hunt for the World Heavyweight championship are No. 1 contender Christian and Money in the Bank briefcase holder Damien Sandow. For that reason, we're quite interested in the opening match of the evening.
With that being said, nothing is quite as intriguing as the No Disqualification match between Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett.
Bryan and Barrett are said to have wrestled one of the best matches of the latter's career. They used steel chairs, tables, kendo sticks and more weapons.
If that's not enough, Vince McMahon, Brad Maddox and Triple H all interfered in the match.
McMahon pulled the referee out of the ring while Bryan was making Barrett tap, thus leading to Maddox becoming the referee in charge. After Maddox refused to count the three count in Bryan's favor, Triple H came out to do it himself.
Randy Orton's music hit, but he didn't come out—talk about teasing the cashing in of the Money in the Bank briefcase. Who's ready for SummerSlam?
Bryan is one of the top in-ring performers in the world, while Barrett is a heel with star potential but lackluster results. With the opportunity to see both men shine in a No Disqualification match, we're giddy to see it all transpire.
SmackDown can't come soon enough.