The WWE is in a fantastic place right now.
The last several pay-per-views have been spectacular, and there are a bunch of compelling storylines going at full force right now, highlighted by Daniel Bryan, the most over superstar on the planet, chasing Randy Orton, who has teamed up with Triple H and The Shield on the corporate side, for the WWE Championship.
AJ Lee, fresh off a scintillating promo, continues to bring merit back to the Divas division.
Ben Affleck is set to portray The Undertaker at WrestleMania 30.
OK, so that last one may not be true, but there are so many different, positive, captivating things going on for the WWE, and fans are absorbed and entertained more than they have been in quite some time.
With anticipation for every show at a high level, let's take a look at what's in store for this week's SmackDown from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
- The Big Show and Dolph Ziggler talk with The Miz about Triple H.
- Triple H comes out and books Miz vs. Randy Orton and Ziggler vs. The Shield. He also orders Big Show to be at the announcers' table for the night.
- Randy Orton defeats The Miz. Afterward, The Shield attacks Miz, but Daniel Bryan makes the save.
- Rob Van Dam defeats Damien Sandow. Afterward, Alberto Del Rio cuts a promo.
- The Shield defeats Dolph Ziggler in a handicap match.
- Paul Heyman cuts a promo.
- Erick Rowan and Luke Harper defeat Brodus Clay and Sweet T.
- Daniel Bryan defeats Ryback via DQ when Orton interferes. Afterward, Triple H stops Big Show from interfering as The Shield and Orton beat down Bryan.
Moment to Watch: Daniel Bryan vs. Ryback
There are plenty of candidates here. The talent on display between The Shield and Dolph Ziggler will be impressive, Rob Van Dam vs. Damien Sandow should be great from a wrestling standpoint (and might have been my pick if it didn't result in another frustrating loss for the Money in the Bank briefcase holder), and anytime Paul Heyman cuts a promo, you listen.
But Daniel Bryan inside the ring simply isn't something you miss these days.
Bryan is capable of putting on an A-plus match with anyone short of Great Khali, and even though Ryback's move set is limited, pairing his raw strength with Bryan's athleticism and elite technical ability paves the way for a very entertaining match.
Throw in the interference from Orton and The Shield, which further pushes the storyline, and Triple H taking out Big Show on the side, and you've got a little bit of everything from Friday's main event.