The Good, the Great and the Awesome from SmackDown 1/31/14

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The Good, the Great and the Awesome from SmackDown 1/31/14
Credit: WWE.com

It has been a fairly rough week for wrestling fans.

Daniel Bryan was left out of the Royal Rumble, a match that felt significantly less special than previous years' offerings. Just 24 hours later, CM Punk walked out of World Wrestling Entertainment with frustration over creative and the mounting of injuries playing a key role in his decision.

Batista won the Royal Rumble despite a very vocal crowd in Pittsburgh detesting the idea of The Animal challenging for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania, while John Cena and Randy Orton fought...again.

With that said, this writer's inner smart mark danced without shame during Friday's SmackDown, thanks to a tremendous main event, the addition of two outstanding wrestlers to the Elimination Chamber match on February 23 and a major announcement regarding a match fans have eagerly anticipated for months.

Throw in the split of a talented tag team and the revelation of one of this Monday's big Raw matches, and you have an episode of SmackDown that actually accomplished quite a bit as opposed to being a filler show.

What was good, great and awesome about this week's show?

Find out after the jump.

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