WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for Nov. 15

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterNovember 14, 2013


The Nov. 15 episode of WWE SmackDown will feature arm wrestling, tag teams and a giant taking on two foes at once. 

Existing Survivor Series matches will get more buildup, and the happenings on Friday night will provide hints about what the remaining card will look like. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan team up, just as they will at the upcoming event.

Several other tag teams along with a handful of Divas will get a chance to showcase their skills as well.

Manchester, England hosts an episode filled with unexpected pairings. Without the results spoiled, here is the lineup for Friday's episode. 


The Usos vs. Erick Rowan and Luke Harper

The high-flyers meet the massive brawlers once again.

Roman and Harper prepare for their Survivor Series clash against Punk and Bryan. A dominant win would have them look even more like a destructive force heading into the pay-per-view.

The Usos have faded from the Tag title picture and need to keep delivering electric performances to remind WWE officials to keep them in any of their championship discussions. The juxtaposition of styles has this looking like the potential best match of the night.

Bray Wyatt's presence will at the very least cause a few distractions, and the leader of these brutes will likely find a way to throw some blows despite not being booked to fight.


Natalya vs. Tamina Snuka

Fresh off losing to AJ Lee on Wednesday's Main Event, Natalya squares off against the Divas champ's bodyguard.

Tamina has been increasingly impressive in recent weeks, her Diesel-like persona fitting her perfectly. She looks to pin another loss on Natalya by overpowering the mat technician. 

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A win for Natalya means she moves a step closer to another Divas title shot. This match is designed to either further AJ and Natalya's feud or build a potential traditional elimination tag team bout.

Will WWE give these two women anywhere near the amount of screen time that AJ and Natalya had on Wednesday?


The Great Khali vs. Hunico and Camacho

The good news for Hunico and Camacho is that they are on WWE TV again. The bad news is that they have to wrestle one of the most limited workers in the company.

Khali has been getting an increased workload lately, which is surprising. Hunico and Camacho would be better served going up against one of WWE's tag teams, but they have a chance to remind fans and company officials of their athleticism and skill.

Anyone unhappy to see Khali's name on the match listing can find comfort by telling themselves that at least he's not in a dance-off or singing.


John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio (Arm Wrestling Contest)

In preparation for their Survivor Series match for the World Heavyweight Championship, Cena and Del Rio will meet in an arm wrestling contest.

Del Rio and Cena need more of a story and more intensity going into their bout, so expect something other than arm wrestling to break out. WWE is likely saving Cena after putting him on a grueling schedule after his return from injury.

Will Damien Sandow find a way to get involved here, reminding us of his ties to that title? Will Del Rio use this segment as a way to injure Cena?

The only thing certain heading into this is that a worked arm wrestling match is one of the least thrilling ways to escalate a feud. Ask Sheamus and Mark Henry to expound that theory.


The Funkadactyls vs. The Bella Twins

WWE has been very loose about its babyface and heel categories when it comes to the Divas. The Bellas turned face in sudden fashion, and who knows what role women like The Funkadactyls, Aksana and Alicia Fox are playing?

It seems to change from week to week.

These two squads comprised of Total Divas cast members face off with seemingly little on the line. Are we headed for a Divas Survivor Series elimination match? If so, are these ladies going to be on the same side or in opposite corners?



CM Punk and Daniel Bryan vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback

Punk and Bryan look to forge some chemistry as a tag team in preparation for their Survivor Series match. Their foes are a surprising pair.

On Monday's Raw, Paul Heyman dismissed Ryback and said he wasn't fit to be a Heyman guy. Yet Ryback is teaming with Heyman's client just a few days later?

Regardless of the questionable logic, Axel and Ryback get some unexpected spotlight as part of SmackDown's main event. They have a chance to impress here with a victory or even a strong showing.

This match and any post-bout shenanigans will conclude an episode full of odd booking choices and one that leaves The Shield and the Tag Team champions out of action.