WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for Oct. 18
The buzz from Cody Rhodes and Goldust's win over Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins will still be flaring up when the Oct. 18 episode of WWE SmackDown kicks off.
The new tag team champions are in action as are WWE's backwoods barbarians, the Wyatt Family. The Divas champ also appears to be back from injury and the tag team division will get ample portions of the limelight.
The Hell in a Cell card will continue to take shape. Feuds, new and old, are sure to intensify as they lead into matches for the upcoming pay-per-view.
Here are all the matches to look forward to on Friday with the results left unspoiled.
The Wyatt Family vs. Kofi Kingston and The Miz
The man Bray Wyatt defeated at Battleground teams up with the man who may be Wyatt's next victim. They face Erick Rowan and Luke Harper who come off their first loss, a defeat to the now-tag team champs, Cody Rhodes and Goldust.
The bearded brutes are sure to be fuming thanks to that loss and with Wyatt watching on, they will look to maul their foes.
They say I dine with sinners, and run with thieves... I say, you should learn to swim. #Purge— Bray Wyatt (@WWEBrayWyatt) October 11, 2013
Kofi Kingston and The Miz will have to use speed and smarts to survive this bout. With Wyatt waiting for his deeply bruised calf to heal, Rowan and Harper may have to play his proxy in his burgeoning feud with Miz.
This match will be telling in terms of what direction WWE is going with that rivalry and if the Wyatt "brothers" will be a part of Hell in a Cell.
AJ Lee vs. Brie Bella
One match that appears to be a lock for that pay-per-view is Brie getting another shot at AJ. The Divas champ takes on her challenger from Battleground in a non-title bout on SmackDown to keep that feud going.
A win for Brie here likely means she earns a second go at the championship; a loss may mean the Total Divas star will simply be billed as a bigger underdog later on.
Either way, it's great to see that AJ is recovered from the concussion she suffered on Oct. 6. Having Tamina Snuka do her face-kicking for her has been fun, but AJ is the class of the division right now.
CM Punk vs. Big E. Langston
Punk is not often on SmackDown, so this matchup is a welcome sight.
Langston's power moves provide an interesting contrast to Punk's kick-heavy offense. Even if he hasn't stockpiled wins in the process, Langston has certainly gotten to mix it up with WWE's biggest names.
He gets another shot at Punk who could be distracted by his feud with Paul Heyman and Ryback. "The Second City Saint" will look to gain some momentum before his Hell in a Cell bout and Langston needs an impressive showing to force himself into the spotlight.
The Real Americans vs. The Usos
The true No. 1 contenders for the tag team titles clash with Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro.
Congrats to the new tag champs.. see u guys soon— The Usos (@WWEUsos) October 15, 2013
The Usos serve as the first serious opponents for The Real Americans in quite a while, so expect Swagger and Cesaro to shine here. This will be a bout between two top tag teams and not just another excuse to have Cesaro put a hefty man in the Cesaro Swing.
Here's a chance for WWE to provide some direction for either team, either with a feud between them or else having the winner go on a streak afterward.
Daniel Bryan, Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. The Shield
This pairing is guaranteed entertainment.
All six men involved have made a habit of producing great matches on WWE TV. The Rhodes brothers come off an emotional win that ended with them raising the tag team titles high into the air.
The Shield will be looking for a measure of revenge, spearing, kneeing and back-raking their foes to try and ease the pain of that loss.
The last time Bryan was in action, Randy Orton appeared on the Jumbotron and threatened to attack Brie in the training room. He now has to keep his head on the proverbial swivel as he tries to both battle The Shield and worry about Orton's next move.
With talents like Bryan, Langston and The Usos making up the SmackDown card rather than the 3MBs and Santino Marellas of the world, this promises to be an entertaining episode.
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