Gone are the days when the "go home" episode of SmackDown prior to a major pay-per-view event was littered with inconsequential matches and a number of video packages just so WWE could fill a two-hour television spot on a Friday night.
The January 24 episode of SmackDown featured a series of fun matches and two really strong promos, most of which hyped this Sunday night's Royal Rumble pay-per-view in a way that the company failed to do this past Monday.
CM Punk appeared and had words for The Authority's director of operations Kane. What would the Best in the World have to say to the former Big Red Monster after being "rewarded" the No. 1 spot in Sunday's Royal Rumble match? Would the interaction between the two future Hall of Famers turn physical, as it has in the past?
Speaking of Punk, five of his recent enemies partnered together for the night's main event, as the New Age Outlaws teamed with The Shield to take on the Usos, Cody Rhodes, Goldust and Big E Langston.
Just days from his colossal showdown against Brock Lesnar, Big Show was in action, teaming with Rey Mysterio to take on the Real Americans. Would Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger get a measure of revenge on Show for his assault on Zeb Colter a few weeks back, or would the World's Largest Athlete continue rolling en route to Pittsburgh for his bout with the Beast Incarnate?
After being betrayed by Daniel Bryan two weeks ago on Raw, Bray Wyatt vowed to destroy the goat-faced Superstar. Friday night, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan were in tag action against the Prime Time Players. Needless to say, it was not a good night for Titus O'Neil and Darren Young.
With only two days until the road to WrestleMania officially kicks off, find out what went down on this week's show and, more importantly, what was good, great and awesome about the January 24 episode of Friday Night SmackDown.