Big Show makes his way back, and the tag team champions enter another battle on the March 7 edition of WWE SmackDown.
Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. played host for a show filled with both familiar foes and fresh matchups. Daniel Bryan, AJ Lee, Christian and Big E all wrestled as Micheal Cole and John "Bradshaw" Layfield called the action.
Fans who attended the tapings or peeked at spoiler results already know how everything went down.
Everyone else will have to wait until Friday to get their SmackDown fix. The following is a look at all the matches that have been taped for the episode, with the results omitted.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Christian
Two former world champs with few wins on their record lately look for a result worth celebrating. Ziggler did beat Alberto Del Rio on Monday's Raw with some help from Aaron Paul, but he's been the prey more than he's been the predator.
Christian, in the midst of a feud with Sheamus, has seen the bottom of the Irishman's boot too often.
Agility and in-ring prowess will be on display as each Superstar looks to best the other. On paper, this has potential to be the match of the night.
One of the struggling stars has to win and has to move toward WrestleMania with added momentum.
The Usos vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback
The new tag champs face a set of hungry potential contenders. Beyond The Usos' date with The New Age Outlaws at some point in the new future, it's unclear who will be going after their newly won championships.
Axel and Ryback have occupied the lower part of the tag division for the most part, but a non-title win almost always equals a future title shot.
High-flying meets power and brawling in a match that should be entertaining regardless if Ryback and Axel can snatch an upset win. The Usos' ring work has gotten more enticing over the last few months, and the brothers are likely to lead the former Paul Heyman guys to a standout outing.
That is, unless The New Age Outlaws force their way into the action.
AJ Lee and Tamina Snuka vs. Eva Marie and Natalya
Fans will be tuning in to see if either Eva or Natalya accomplish something here worthy of making either one of them AJ's newest contender.
AJ's reign has continued with little resistance lately. Her next formidable challenger may be the woman in her corner. At Elimination Chamber, AJ was upset with her bodyguard after taking one of her tooth-loosening kicks to the mouth and nearly losing her title match.
Will more of their issues surface as they look to tackle their two foes from Total Divas?
For this taped match to make it on the episode will be a step up for Eva. Her last SmackDown match was cut and didn't air, as SEScoops.com points out.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Sheamus
In a rematch of last Friday's battle, Sheamus hopes to score a win without Christian ambushing him once again. Taped ribs and all, Sheamus had Del Rio locked in the cloverleaf, seemingly close to tapping out when Christian attacked him.
Their increasingly personal feud has dominated Sheamus' airtime, so one would expect another altercation to occur before, during or after this match.
He'll need to focus on Del Rio, though, as "Mexico's Greatest Export" has proved himself a dangerous foe for Sheamus. Without a feud or a WrestleMania match, Del Rio needs momentum more than Sheamus, who has piled up the wins since returning at the Royal Rumble.
A desperate Del Rio equals pain for his enemies.
Big E vs. Jack Swagger
Fans may be getting another peek at WrestleMania's Intercontinental Championship match.
Swagger could earn himself another crack at that title with a win here. Should these foes take the action outside of the ring or trade blows after the bell, that would be a strong hint of this feud continuing into the upcoming pay-per-view.
Big E has been colliding with both members of The Real Americans lately, sandwiched between the two partners' growing animosity for each other. On Monday's Raw, Big E wrestled both men. Each time, the other one interfered.
The powerhouse will have to be aware of Cesaro charging in on this bout as well, as The Real Americans continue their game of one-upmanship.
Big Show and Daniel Bryan vs. Kane and Batista
Bryan enters a battle where his foes will tower over him. He faces the man who has been making his life hellish over the past few weeks in Kane.
On Tuesday's Main Event, Kane looked good in his loss to Bryan, clocking the bearded warrior with hard right hands. Bryan bested him in the end, though.
Kane will have help in hurting his rival and in getting a different result this time.
Big Show returns for the first time since Brock Lesnar broke a chair over his back at the Royal Rumble. He will certainly have some anger to let out via his fists.
The more interesting story, though, will be what happens between Bryan and Batista. The more those two interact and the more bad blood is created between them, the more likely Bryan gets added to the WWE title match at WrestleMania XXX.
SmackDown usually focuses on in-ring action more than storyline compared to Raw, but there may be some foreshadowing regarding "The Show of Shows" to look forward to on Friday night. In addition, a number of talented wrestlers will look to wow fans on an episode with a healthy share of intrigue.
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