WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for Jan. 3

David Bixenspan@davidbixFeatured ColumnistJanuary 2, 2014

Seth Rollins nails CM Punk with an enzuigiri.
Seth Rollins nails CM Punk with an enzuigiri.WWE.com

If by some chance you weren't already aware, kayfabe is dead, folks.  While this week's SmackDown is not the first show in the last few weeks to be taped out of order, taping the show on Sunday still revealed one of the two big angles (Brock Lesnar attacking Mark Henry) for Monday's Raw even though it hadn't actually happened yet.

The other big angle, Daniel Bryan joining the Wyatt Family, was not mentioned at the tapings and Bryan didn't appear at all, so barring some backstage segments not shown to the live crowd, that's not being followed up on until Old School Raw this Monday.  Even if the storyline isn't advanced, the Wyatt Family is in action.  Let's take a look at what SmackDown has in store for us:

Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns (w/ Dean Ambrose) vs The Usos

The Usos have been trying to break in to the very top of the tag team division, but aren't quite there yet.  They're strong contenders in the sense that they're always in the mix, but they don't come off as having a shot at winning the titles anytime soon.  That would change in a big way if they beat one of the consistent top contenders, instead of just beating teams at their level like the Real Americans.

In general, these teams have good TV matches, but they have especially good chemistry with each other, so this is one to watch.  Throw in that the subtext about The Shield's potential split is finally becoming text, and we have a very interesting match.

R-Truth vs Fandango

This is a rematch from Tribute to the Troops because everyone in WWE has to rematch each other regardless of whether or not they're feuding.  I have no recollection of the actual spoiler for this match so by WWE logic I'd guess that they're going to trade wins.

Goldust and Cody Rhodes vs Luke Harper and Erick Rowan

This is a little out of nowhere for what appears to be a title match given the number of non-title matches WWE runs.  The Wyatt Family beat The Usos last week, so I guess that earned them a title shot this week even though Big Show and Rey Mysterio, who beat the champions, haven't gotten one yet.

Given the circumstances, barring some crazy backstage segments we don't know about, it seems like this won't have much bearing on any storylines.  Like all Rhodes brothers matches, though, it should be really good, and is an interesting test to see if Erick Rowan is getting better at holding his own or if Brodie Lee is still carrying the team.

Nikki Bella vs Aksana

Yes, Aksana's surprise victory over Nikki in the ten woman tag team match on Raw was designed to build to this.  I'm not sure if anyone cares.  If you do, please post in the comments, because I'm genuinely curious as to why.

Big E. Langston vs Curtis Axel

In what appears to be a non-title match, Langston takes on the man he beat for the title.  He doesn't have any obvious challengers right now, so this makes sense as filler.

All that plus more that would constitute spoilers.  Being that SmackDown is all about longer matches for the featured stars, this should be a great show for fans of the tag team division.  Anything specific you're looking forward to?  Let us know in the comments.

David Bixenspan has been Bleacher Report's WWE Team Leader and a contracted columnist since 2011. You can follow him on Twitter @davidbix and check out his wrestling podcasts at LLTPod.com.