Following a very eventful Monday Night Raw, WWE rolled into Houston for this week's SmackDown tapings.
Triple H's violent assault of Daniel Bryan to close out Raw has the wrestling world buzzing. Would there be any update on the condition of the leader of the Yes Movement? Would the COO appear on SmackDown to address his actions?
One person we did know would be in the house for the Friday night broadcast would be John Cena. With a huge match against Bray Wyatt just under three weeks away, he would be faced with a huge singles match against Luke Harper.
Would Cena be able to take down the surprisingly quick and agile big man or would Wyatt's recent words be enough to keep Cena off-guard and open him up to a potential upset?
What repercussions would The Shield face for their assault of Kane on Monday night? Which stars entered in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal would gain momentum heading into the big 30-man match? Would the Real Americans continue rolling as they eye a shot at the tag team titles?
All of these questions and more would be answered as WWE recorded its weekly Friday night television program Tuesday night from Houston.
Here is a look at what went down, courtesy of our friends over at WrestlingInc.com.
Toyota Center in Houston
Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield
- Kane cuts a promo about what happened between Daniel Bryan and Triple H this past Monday
- Los Matadores' Fernando defeated Fandango
- Dolph Ziggler defeated Damien Sandow
- The Wyatt Family cut a promo
- Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs. 3MB vs. Real Americans vs. Ryback and Curtis Axel ended in a no contest when Kane and the New Age Outlaws attacked The Shield
- Miz TV with Big Show; Miz announces his entry in the match
- Big Show wins a battle royal involving some of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal competitors
- A backstage segment involving Santino and Emma airs
- Alberto Del Rio defeated Intercontinental champion Big E in a non-title match
- The Bella Twins defeated Summer Rae and Natalya; AJ Lee was on commentary and Tamina was at ringside
- Kane gives Ryback and Axel and the Real Americans tag title shots for helping with The Shield and enters 3MB into the battle royal
- Lana and Alexander Rusev cut a promo
- John Cena defeated Luke Harper
After suffering a triple powerbomb at the hands of The Shield on Raw, Kane set out to get his revenge on the Hounds of Justice.
The Director of Operations and the New Age Outlaws' attack on Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns seemingly shines some light on who Kane will get to partner with him for a match against The Shield at WrestleMania.
It is a sharp turn considering many thought the Outlaws would challenge the Usos for the tag titles at the Showcase of the Immortals. Considering the fact that The Shield is as hot as they are, it is a step up in competition for the ring vets.
If anything, it is a step down for Rollins, Ambrose and Reigns, who will be stuck competing against three Attitude Era holdovers rather than doing something more meaningful on the biggest show of the year.
The Hero Wins...for Now
John Cena's victory over Luke Harper in this week's main event should not be surprising. After all, he quickly dispatched of Erick Rowan on Raw a week ago.
The real money is in the April 6 match against Bray Wyatt.
Cena can win every match he wrestles in from now until then but none of it will matter. The only thing that matters, the only match fans will remember is the one against Wyatt on the biggest stage the sport has to offer.
The promo work leading into the match, especially from Bray, has been so good that the match will have to be something truly special for it to live up to the hype. Given the determined individuals that will take to the squared circle in three weeks, that should not be an issue.
Total Divas in Action
In case you missed it, "Total Divas" is back on E! Network. Also back is the renewed emphasis on pushing the cast as legitimate threats to the Divas Championship held by AJ Lee.
Nikki Bella has been on a roll recently and Naomi scored a big win over AJ on Monday. Tamina, the champion's bodyguard, grew tired of repeatedly being blamed for AJ's losses and shoved her to the mat on Raw.
With so many contenders lining up to challenge for the Divas title, one has to wonder if the creative team actually has any idea as to whom will actually earn the title shot come April 6.
Could all the ladies be involved in some sort of huge match or will one woman shine above the others between then and now?
No Triple H and Daniel Bryan Follow-Up
After the hot ending to Raw Monday night, it is interesting to see that Triple H did not appear on this week's show to explain his actions.
The COO's match against Daniel Bryan at WrestleMania is the selling point of this year's show and both men did an exceptional job selling the audience on the bout on Raw.
Triple H has appeared on SmackDown plenty of times dating back to the fall and a smug response to his actions would have gone a long way in continuing to get him over as a heel in the story.
Instead, fans have to settle for Kane, who defends Triple H's actions.
Of course he does.
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