This week’s episode of SmackDown looks to be a lot more fun than last week’s.
While last week’s show was mostly retread and filler, Friday Night SmackDown looks to make more of an impact.
One of the biggest developments from Raw was Big Show’s change of heart, as he’s now on a quest to knock out WWE COO Triple H. Also noteworthy was Randy Orton RKO’ing Daniel Bryan through an announce table.
How will WWE follow this up on SmackDown, the go-home show for the inaugural Battleground pay-per-view on Sunday?
Full spoilers for this week’s SmackDown tapings, emanating from Baton Rouge, La., are below (courtesy wrestlinginc.com).
- The show opens with Big Show in the ring talking about how Triple H has made his life so hard. Triple H comes out and makes Randy Orton and The Shield vs. Big Show for tonight.
- Rob Van Dam fights Fandango to disqualification after interference from Summer Rae. After the match, RVD hits a Van Terminator on Fandango with a trash can.
- R-Truth is defeated by Ryback and then beat down by Curtis Axel after the match. It was also announced that R-Truth will face Axel at Battleground for the Intercontinental Championship.
- RVD gives Alberto Del Rio the trash can he used on Fandango in a backstage segment.
- Alberto Del Rio beats Dolph Ziggler with the cross armbar.
- Los Matadores defeat Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal.
- Paul Heyman cuts a promo on CM Punk and his match with Ryback at Battleground.
- Brie Bella defeated Aksana. AJ Lee comes out with Tamina Snuka and talks about her match with Brie at Battleground.
- Kofi Kingston gets a win over Big E Langston via roll-up.
- Bray Wyatt comes to the ring and cuts a promo.
- Big Show vs. Randy Orton and The Shield ended in DQ after Orton hits Show with a steel chair. All four men beat down on Big Show until Daniel Bryan and The Usos make the save. SmackDown ends with Bryan chanting, "Yes!"
Big Show Fights Back
After weeks of confounding subservience and awkward crying, The Big Show has finally decided to fight back—for now, at least.
His newfound rebelliousness could be a red herring; his knocking out Triple H seems equally as likely as him turning on Daniel Bryan and costing him the WWE Championship at Battleground.
Either way, seeing The World’s Largest Athlete fired up and ready to destroy is a much-needed change of pace for the character—he was more likeable on Raw than he has been in weeks.
This week’s SmackDown will close with Daniel Bryan standing tall. Usually this would almost certainly mean he’d be losing at Sunday’s pay-per-view, but things are now even following Orton getting the upper hand on Raw.
With Big Show’s change in demeanor playing a big part of this week’s SmackDown, expect it to have an impact at Sunday’s Battleground.
The Showoff’s Kryptonite
Superman has kryptonite, Achilles had a vulnerable heel. We’ve all got weaknesses, right? The cross armbar is Dolph Ziggler’s.
How many times has he tapped out to it this year alone? It has to be somewhere between seven and 48,000.
Seriously though, Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio have proven many times that they have amazing chemistry in the ring, so this is definitely looking to be the show stealer on Friday.
Ziggler’s standing in the company is worrying at the moment; he was world champion just a few months ago, and now he’s losing every week and on the pre-show PPV card.
At the very least, the WWE are giving The Showoff the opportunity to have terrific matches, which is what this match very well could be.
Let’s also not forget about Del Rio, who’s also a consistent in-ring performer.
His match with Rob Van Dam at Battleground, underpromoted like all World Heavyweight Championship matches are these days, may well steal the show.
The Struggles of the Perfects
Being perfect isn’t easy, as Curtis Axel has found.
The son of Mr. Perfect has had a rough few months; he had no business feuding with CM Punk and looked weak throughout their brief rivalry. He has also been coming off as a paper champion, suffering non-title losses to the likes of Kofi Kingston and, most recently, R-Truth.
Axel will get a small measure of revenge on SmackDown when he attacks Truth but only after Ryback beats him in singles competition.
The third generation superstar is now set to face Truth at Battleground for the Intercontinental Championship, in a match he’ll probably win.
Hopefully WWE will realize that if they want to get him over, he should probably not lose every match that isn’t for the IC title.