WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for March 21

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WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for March 21
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John Cena is set to lock horns with another member of The Wyatt Family on the March 21 edition of WWE SmackDown.

The Toyota Center in Houston, Texas hosted the latest batch of tapings, a night that featured Battle Royal entrants in search of momentum, tag teams battling for a prime opportunity and four women from Total Divas colliding.

Big E, The Shield and Damien Sandow were all in action.

Fans who already sifted through the spoilers know who came out with victories and whose egos were most damaged. For those who want to wait until this Friday to know the results, the following is a look at the matches we can look forward to on SmackDown.

 

The Bella Twins vs. Natalya and Summer Rae

Two potential Divas title contenders in Nikki Bella and Natalya look for a way to get considered as AJ Lee's next opponent.

With no official challenger for AJ at WrestleMania, the way the story unfolds here will provide a big hint to what direction WWE is headed with the Divas Championship picture. Who the announcers focus on and who gets the final pinfall or submission is a likely candidate as the next No. 1 contender.

Photo from Diva Dirt's Instagram page

Most of the Total Divas cast will be in action here with a pairing that puts a heel in Summer Rae with babyface Natalya. 

Perhaps Natalya is shifting to a darker character or this is just a case of WWE wanting to put as many of its reality show stars in a single bout.

 

Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Sandow

When we last saw Sandow, he was suffering a beating courtesy of The Shield. Triple H punished him for refusing orders on last week's Raw by throwing him to Seth Rollins, who was eventually joined by his partners in hammering "The Intellectual Savior."

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The Shield gang up on Damien Sandow.

Sandow looks to move past that, the latest of a long line of defeats, and try to go on a winning streak before WrestleMania. Both he and Ziggler are scheduled to compete in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. 

The winner of this bout is more likely to do better in that 30-man match, while the loser is likely a springboard for the victor's momentum.

On last week's SmackDown, Ziggler produced a stellar match with Alberto Del Rio. Can he get a similar effort out of Sandow?

 

Alberto Del Rio vs. Big E

Two other Battle Royal entrants tangle on Friday's SmackDown as well.

Del Rio seemingly was revisiting a feud with Ziggler, but that story has since faded. Big E looked to be developing a rivalry with both members of The Real Americans, but Jack Swagger and Cesaro have turned their focus on winning the tag team titles.

That leaves Del Rio and Big E minus a narrative beyond WrestleMania's Battle Royal.

The two foes traded wins last year when Big E was still Ziggler's muscle. Will a more experienced Big E dominate a man who has gone from world champ to also-ran?

Alberto Del Rio and Big E battle in 2013.

His power and explosiveness give him the edge, although, Del Rio's cross armbreaker is one heck of an equalizer. 

 

Fandango vs. Fernando

Bullfighter meets ballroom dancer in what will feel like a flashback to the cartoony early '90s. 

Fandango not only has to watch out for Fernando's quickness, but also the mini-bull that accompanies him to the ring. Fans won't be expecting Kurt Angle vs. Shawn Michaels here. Instead, a bit of goofiness and comic relief is in order.

A win may push Fernando into the Battle Royal, where Fandango will be waiting for him. 

 

The Shield vs. The Real Americans vs. 3MB vs. Curtis Axel and Ryback

The No. 1 contender's spot for the tag titles is on the line as four teams go to battle. The winner gets a shot at The Usos.

Only Heath Slater's parents will think 3MB has any chance of winning. The wannabe rock stars face stiff competition including former champions and rising stars. Roman Reigns' spear and Cesaro's uppercut are among the most dangerous weapons in this match, ones that can shift the advantage in an instant.

After The Real Americans scored a non-title win against The Usos recently, they try to build on that to climb into title contention.

The Shield will be the favorites going in, but have to watch out for Kane interfering in some way. The Director of Operations will be hungry for revenge after suffering The Shield's trademark triple-powerbomb on Monday's Raw.

 

Luke Harper vs. John Cena

Erick Rowan failed to best Cena on March 10. It's now Harper's turn, the bruiser wanting to soften up the former world champ for Bray Wyatt.

Fans can expect Wyatt to be near by, glaring at his WrestleMania opponent from his rocking chair. 

Cena can't afford a loss, but even more importantly, he can't afford to get hurt. His confrontations with The Wyatt Family have often ended painfully for him.

Harper can achieve a career highlight win or loss, as Cena is a benchmark opponent. When a Superstar does well against him, he instantly looks like a bigger star.

This bout, sure to be a physical one, ends a SmackDown heavy on WrestleMania positioning and for one team, a future chance at the gold that The Usos clutch so tightly.

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