Most weeks, Thursday Night SmackDown is a secondary show on which storylines are rarely advanced, and most of the action, though good, is largely inconsequential.
That was not the case this week.
A major match between Brock Lesnar and Big Show was set up for the Royal Rumble. The only advertised match for Raw, which will feature the Usos taking on Daniel Bryan and Bray Wyatt, was set up nicely thanks to an opening tag match and post-match beatdown.
Big E Langston's abilities were tested to the highest degree as he took on WWE World Heavyweight champion Randy Orton. Would the current Intercontinental champion be able to thwart the offense of the Viper and score the biggest win of his career, or would WWE's Apex Predator down another victim with the RKO?
The New Age Outlaws returned to action on SmackDown for the first time in 13 years as they teamed with CM Punk to take on The Shield. Would it be a happy return to the blue brand, or would Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns continue to ride the wave of momentum created by Reigns this past Monday night?
With the show in the books and Monday Night Raw rapidly approaching, here is a look back at the good, the great and the awesome from this week's SmackDown.