WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for March 28

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterMarch 27, 2014

Credit: WWE.com

The March 28 edition of WWE SmackDown pits monster against giant and warrior versus animal.

WWE traveled to the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. to tape the latest SmackDown, a show with a number of surprising matchups and some of WWE's strongest and most intimidating wrestlers.

With the hype for WrestleMania XXX swelling, Superstars seek momentum. For some, a chance at countering past defeats with a win in the present is also up for grabs.

Bray Wyatt, Batista and Fandango were all in action at Tuesday's tapings. Fans who didn't attend the show live or peek at the spoilers yet can enjoy the following look at all the matches to expect on Friday's SmackDown, as listed by PWInsider.com


Mark Henry vs. The Miz

This collision is one of many between Superstars who will compete against each other at the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

"The World's Strongest Man" faces a fellow babyface in a match that could just be a friendly bit of competition, or a sign that Miz is returning to his villainous ways. Miz is sure to be peeved after a pair of movie actors and a retired wrestler took turns smacking him around on Monday's Raw.

Will that rage be enough to compensate for the size disadvantage he has here? Can "The Awesome One" take down the big man and set him up for the figure-four?

Those will be the biggest questions shaping this unexpected pairing.


The Shield vs. 3MB

It's hard to find a better disparity in position than these two teams.

The Shield is among WWE's most prominent groups, readying for a battle against Kane and The New Age Outlaws at WrestleMania XXX. 3MB is a little-used, comedy-relief squad who is going to be filler in the Battle Royal.

For Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, this shouldn't prove to be anything more than a warm-up. They have been a major focus on Raw and SmackDown as of late, and this bout is likely a way to show off their dominance.

3MB putting up a fight at all should be considered a victory. 


Sin Cara vs. Damien Sandow

The last time these Superstars met, Scooby Doo accompanied Sin Cara to the ring and watched him finish Sandow off in little time.

Being presented as weak enough to lose that quickly is light years away from nearly beating John Cena last year.

Sandow has a chance to redeem himself on Friday's SmackDown. He is in need of momentum more than just about anyone on the roster not named Zack Ryder.

Another quick loss to to the high-flyer would have him sinking just as he is set to enter the Battle Royal at WrestleMania.


Goldust vs. Fandango

It looks as if Fandango and Goldust aren't done dancing with each other. Goldust pinned Fandango in a sloppy match on March 17 that left "The Bizarre One" bleeding from the brow.

They lock up once more with perhaps a full-fledged feud in the works.

For Fandango, this match is a chance to prove that earlier flop was a fluke. Putting together a standout bout this time around would help in erasing memories of their last meeting.

Fandango and Goldust are both scheduled for the WrestleMania Battle Royal. Each man will seek to enter that 30-man contest on a winning streak.


Jimmy Uso vs. Jack Swagger

Before they meet in tag team action at WrestleMania, Uso and Swagger get a shot at putting doubt in their enemy's head.

A battle of Swagger's power versus Uso's speed is a good one on paper, but fans would likely rather see Cesaro get this opportunity. Of The Real Americans, Cesaro is the one who has most connected with fans of late. Swagger has been forced to play second banana for the most part.

Cesaro and Zeb Colter will likely be at ringside, upping the chances for this singles match to morph into a brawl.

The Usos' other challengers at WrestleMania could find a way to get involved as well. It would not be below Curtis Axel and Ryback to use this as an opportunity for a sneak attack on both competitors.


Tamina Snuka and AJ Lee vs. The Bella Twins

AJ and Tamina's relationship will be what fans tune in to see here.

This is a tag team match that WWE has put together several times. After Tamina and AJ's awkward hug on Tuesday's Main Event, it's the dynamic between those partners that has the most pull.

One has to wonder if these two will soon turn on each other or if they will strengthen their bond going into the 14-Diva title bout at WrestleMania.

Can Nikki or Brie make a big impression by defeating the champ and her bodyguard, or will the female version of Shawn Michaels and Diesel end the night in celebration?


Batista vs. Sheamus

Two former world champions with power to spare offer the show's most intriguing match.

Batista has more to lose in terms of momentum, as he is gearing up for the main event of WrestleMania, while Sheamus will be settling for the Battle Royal. Batista has lost by pinfall only once since returning to WWE this January, a fluky defeat to Alberto Del Rio on Feb. 24.

Sheamus will look to change that, building on an impressive recent record of his own.

"The Celtic Warrior" won't have to worry about a vengeful rival coming after him. Batista, on the other hand, is going to have to be on the lookout for Randy Orton trying to ambush him.


Big Show vs. Bray Wyatt

Before Wyatt takes on his biggest challenge yet, a battle with Cena at WrestleMania, he faces his biggest opponent yet.

"The Eater of Worlds" will have to use his explosiveness and vicious in-ring style to topple the giant. How this is booked will give fans a better idea of how much WWE thinks of Wyatt.

Should he run through Big Show, count on him getting a headliner spot in the near future. Struggling with Big Show or falling victim to his knockout punch hints at a slightly less bright next few months.

Is this a tuneup for Wyatt in preparation for Cena, or is this Big Show's big win before entering the WrestleMania Battle Royal as the favorite?

Watching the answer to that question unfold, the members of The Shield showcase their skills, and the meeting of the 2012 and 2014 Royal Rumble winners makes for a SmackDown worth setting aside time to see.



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