This week’s edition of Friday Night SmackDown is being taped before this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw, and as a result the spoilers for SmackDown also include spoilers for Raw—you’ve been warned.
Last week’s SmackDown was filled with plenty of quality TV matches, and while this show isn’t quite as strong, it’s certainly got some action worth looking forward to.
The Shield once again find themselves in the main event, and elsewhere Cody Rhodes and Goldust defend their Tag Team Championships while Big E Langston drops a big bombshell.
The following are the full spoilers (courtesy of WrestlingInc.com) for the January 3 edition of SmackDown, which emanates from Washington DC.
- The Shield kick off the show with a promo which is followed by a match between Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns Roman Reigns and The Usos. Dean Ambrose interferes but CM Punk makes the save and a six-man tag is set up by Vickie Guerrero for tonight’s main event.
- R-Truth defeats Fandango after Cameron and Naomi provide a distraction.
- Big E is being interviewed backstage and talks about Brock Lesnar attacking Mark Henry on Raw. Yes, you read that right.
- Goldust and Cody Rhodes beat Erick Rowan and Luke Harper in a Tag Team Championship match.
- Nikki Bella defeats Aksana
- Big E Langston gets a pinfall victory over Curtis Axel
- CM Punk and The Usos defeat The Shield after Punk hits a GTS on Ambrose.
- A Bad News Barret segment from earlier in the show is re-taped. What a way to end the night.
Battle of the Colossus
In a backstage interview with Renee Young, Big E Langston discussed how Mark Henry was attacked by Brock Lesnar on Raw. Apparently it sounded as though Henry challenged Lesnar.
With the WWE schedule basically in reverse due to the holiday season, this week’s SmackDown is being shot before Raw, which of course means that we’ll be seeing the attack Langston referenced on the December 30 edition of Raw.
It’s surprising that officials would let a big return like this leak out—if you even want to call it a leak.
Regardless, the takeaway is that Mark Henry appears to be Brock Lesnar’s WrestleMania warm up, which sounds great.
It’s been a while since we’ve seen The World’s Strongest Man in beast mode, which he’ll need to be in to be considered a serious threat to The Beast, Brock Lesnar.
Family vs. Family
SmackDown also saw the clash of two families; The Rhodes Bros. faced and defeated The Wyatt Family’s Erick Rowan and Luke Harper.
We all know just how good Goldust and Cody are and how fantastic a tag team they’ve become, but Rowan and Harper also seem to be improving every week. This match looks to be the best of the night.
Months ago it looked like The Real Americans were poised to take the Tag Team gold from Cody and Goldy, but now it seems like the Rowan and Harper will take their spot.
Although they weren’t successful this time, don’t expect this to be the last time you see Erick Rowan and Luke Harper face Cody Rhodes and Goldust for the Tag Team Championships.
It just wouldn’t be SmackDown if the main event wasn’t The Shield facing a random babyface team in a six-man tag match.
On one hand, it’s hard not to roll your eyes at the thought of yet another lazily put-together SmackDown main event, but on the other hand these Shield six-man tag matches are just so consistently good.
It’s unclear if this match continues the Punk vs. Shield feud, or really if they’re still feuding at this point, but either way The Best in the World scores a triumph over The Hounds of Justice on this week’s SmackDown.
You’ll notice, though, that it’s Dean Ambrose who took the fall. On last week’s show, Roman Reigns scored a big win over Mark Henry while Seth Rollins had a strong showing against 14-time world champ John Cena—Ambrose, though, would lose to Big E Langston.
Ambrose has come up looking weak two weeks in a row. Is this indicative of how officials see him, or is it just coincidence? I guess we’ll find out in the year 2014.
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