WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for Dec. 27

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterDecember 26, 2013


The post-Christmas WWE SmackDown offers none of the ridiculousness that Raw Christmas provided.

Instead, Corpus Christi, Texas hosted a show teeming with fresh matchups and enticing pairings that will have fans pumped for the new year. The Shield is split into three for the night, each member facing a formidable foe. The tag team division, Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan will also be featured on Friday's SmackDown.

Care to cleanse your eyes from the Christmas-themed silliness from Monday? Let's take a look at the matches one can except to see on the upcoming SmackDown, the results left unspoiled.


The Wyatt Family vs. The Usos

The Usos face a tough challenge against WWE's resident brutes, but the brothers have knocked off Luke Harper and Erick Rowan before. With some help from The Miz, The Usos pinned Harper on Oct. 25.

Even so, The Wyatt Family has looked all but unstoppable since debuting. Can The Usos win this classic battle of power versus speed, or will they just be the next set of victims for Bray Wyatt to pick over?

The Usos double-team Luke Harper
The Usos double-team Luke HarperWWE.com

Both teams can gain major position in the race to become the next No. 1 contender to the Tag titles.


Cody Rhodes vs. Antonio Cesaro

Goldust defeated Jack Swagger on Wednesday's Main Event. Can Cesaro gain some revenge against the other Rhodes brother?

Continuing to battle Rhodes and Goldust, regardless of the form, is a great sign for The Real Americans' Tag Team title hopes. There is no clear top contender for those belts. Every pinfall against the champs that Cesaro and Swagger can get puts them closer to that spot.

Both men's resumes promises a hard-fought, dramatic match.

Expect Zeb Colter and Swagger to be at ringside attempting to sway things in Cesaro's favor. That factor along with Cesaro's mighty uppercut makes this a tough match for Rhodes.


The Prime Time Players vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel

Two teams with little traction seek a win.

Can one of these two squads work their way up the tag team ladder? An impressive showing from the winner would help in that regard.

As long as their is no Christmas dinner eating contest, Titus O'Neil will be happy. He and Darren Young seemed so close to championship gold twice before.

After some stretches of inactivity, O'Neil getting knocked around by Michael Strahan and serving as the butt of a vomit joke, it will be a long journey back to that position.


Dolph Ziggler vs. Randy Orton

After months of battling WWE's midcard title hopefuls, Ziggler gets an opportunity to shine opposite the WWE world champ.

Orton and Ziggler have had excellent bouts before, and seeing these two names on the lineup together will excite a large number of fans. Speed, smoothness and in-ring storytelling are both men's strengths. 

In a year that has seen Ziggler left off of a handful of pay-per-views and lose a Present on a Pole match, he'll look to end 2013 with a huge win. Orton, on the other hand, must continue to prove that he's worthy of his top spot, knocking off all who come his way.


Daniel Bryan vs. Damien Sandow

An intriguing combination pits WWE's bearded pitbull against a man struggling to stay relevant. Sandow will help erase memories of his head being forced into a toilet during Monday's Battle for Christmas with a victory over Bryan.

WWE's beloved underdog and the company's biggest braggart have very different career trajectories at the moment.

Bryan looks to climb back into the WWE title picture. Sandow would be happy to add a win to a record in 2013 that has been heavy on losses.


Dean Ambrose vs. Big E Langston

Is WWE giving a preview of another title unification match? WWE.com recently proposed the idea that the U.S. and Intercontinental Championships be merged.  

The two men that battled at Hell in a Cell meet once again looking to prove who is the better midcard champ.

Can Ambrose's vicious and unique offense overwhelm the powerful Langston? Langston has been a human battering ram lately, and Ambrose may need some help from The Shield to avoid being the next splintered door in the big man's path.


Mark Henry vs. Roman Reigns

One of the more intriguing clashes of the night has two powerhouses colliding.

Is the spear enough to knock Henry out for a three-count? Will Reigns fall victim to Henry's World's Strongest Slam?

Reigns' singles resume is lacking so far; a win over the former world champ would be among his biggest gets. Henry will look to use his size and experience advantage to prevent that from happening.


John Cena vs. Seth Rollins

The third bout featuring a member of The Shield in solo action affords Rollins a massive opportunity.

John Cena bowls over Seth Rollins.
John Cena bowls over Seth Rollins.WWE.com

Being in the main event and going up against the biggest star of the company is a tryout of sorts for The Shield's speedster. Should he shine against the top dog, the company will certainly factor that in for future booking decisions.

A win against Cena is a resume-building tool few men are in position to use. It would surely remove some of the nasty taste that recent losses to CM Punk have left in his mouth.

Cena clearly wants another shot at Orton. A win against Rollins isn't an automatic way back into a championship match, but it's a step in that direction.

This matchup completes a compelling card. From The Shield's solo efforts to Sandow vs. Bryan and Rhodes vs. Cesaro, Friday's SmackDown promises to be worth watching, a set of clashes to end 2013 in crowd-pleasing fashion.


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