WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for Feb. 28

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterFebruary 27, 2014

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Batista travels back to a familiar battlefield when he wrestles on the Feb. 28 edition of WWE SmackDown.

The first episode after Elimination Chamber features the tag team division in the spotlight, old foes rekindling past animosity and the Divas champ in a rematch. Milwaukee, Wisc. hosts Superstars in search of winning streaks and underdogs desperate for a single victory.

For fans who haven't already dug up the spoilers for the pre-taped show, the following is a look at all the night's matches, the results omitted.


Batista vs. Dolph Ziggler

Batista returns to SmackDown for the first time in years. Ziggler looks to notch a major victory against him.

WWE.com's SmackDown page features The Animal prominently, asking, "What will the No. 1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight Championship have to say to the WWE Universe?" Judging by the frustration he showed toward the audience on Monday's Raw, it won't be filled with pleasantries. 

Ziggler not only has to face a bigger, stronger man than himself, but one who is sure to be incensed once the bell rings. Alberto Del Rio stole a victory from Batista on Monday's Raw thanks to a distraction from Randy Orton.

Batista will be focused on not suffering a losing streak, while Ziggler will look for an upset in an attempt to have the spotlight shine his way once more.


The Usos and Daniel Bryan vs. Kane and The New Age Outlaws

Although Bryan won't get his a chance to lay his kicks into Triple H's chest just yet, he will get an opportunity to flog the COO's cronies instead.

The Usos join the popular Superstar in a battle against three of the Attitude Era's biggest names. The brothers want to keep convincing folks that they deserve another title shot. 

For them to follow up their win on Monday's Raw over the Tag champs, they'll have to find a new trick. Ambushing Road Dogg and Billy Gunn during their introduction speech won't work for a second time.

Kane has his own secret weapon in this fight—his executive power.

He has recently made Bryan fight multiple matches in a row, including battling both of The Real Americans on last week's SmackDown. Will he abuse his power once more, or will he instead rely on his chokeslam?


Big E and Mark Henry vs. The Real Americans

Cesaro and Jack Swagger's unity has suffered a number of cracks as of late. On Monday's Raw, Swagger interrupted Cesaro's match with Big E, seemingly blinded by a need to outshine his own partner.

They will need to forget all their differences, as they now face the challenge of taking on two of WWE's most powerful men.

Henry joins Big E for a match that promises to be heavy on high-impact moves and powerhouses barreling over each other. The outcome will depend on how well Henry's arm is healed and whether or not Cesaro can get The World's Strongest Man up for the Cesaro Swing.


AJ Lee vs. Cameron

When these two Divas clashed at Elimination Chamber, Tamina Snuka accidentally kicked AJ in the mouth. That nearly cost the Divas champ her gold and created tension between the two allies.

AJ Lee is unhappy with Tamina Snuka after her title bout.
AJ Lee is unhappy with Tamina Snuka after her title bout.Credit: WWE.com

Fans will be on the lookout for more splintering between them and to see if Cameron gets a win here to keep her in the running as top contender for the title.

The early seeds of WrestleMania storylines could be planted here. Either that, or AJ dispatches her foe with ease and moves on, looking for a new prey to tear apart.


Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus

Fans will be transported back to 2012, when Del Rio and Sheamus battled for the world title for much of the year.

Del Rio looks to build on his win over Batista, while Sheamus looks to do the same after his victory over Christian on Monday's Raw. Neither man is set up for a story or opponent for WrestleMania, and both will be in the hunt for momentum in order to get a prime spot at that event.

A win here pushes one Superstar closer to center stage, improving a winning streak that is sure to grab WWE's attention.

They will have a hard time topping the battles Sheamus and Christian have had over the last week and face some tough competition for potential matches of the night with the amount of talent clashing in tag team action on Friday's SmackDown.