WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for April 4

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterApril 3, 2014

Credit: WWE.com

The April 4 edition of WWE SmackDown will be short on in-ring action and long on WrestleMania XXX hype.

WWE is set to administer one mighty sales pitch to fans who haven't signed up for the WWE Network or ordered WrestleMania. The company only taped a few matches in the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., for Friday's SmackDown.

Live look-ins at WrestleMania Axxess and recaps are on the menu instead.

The following is a look at the matches scheduled to air Syfy at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT, as listed by PWInsider.com. The results have been left unspoiled.


Hulk Hogan Returns to SmackDown

Hogan has made appearances on Raw since returning to WWE, but this marks the first time he has been on SmackDown since 2003. He spent much of his final run on that show as Mr. America.

This time around, he serves as WrestleMania XXX's host and spokesman. 

Will he have any more announcements to make about the event? Will someone else decide to challenge him as Bray Wyatt and family did on March 10?

Whatever is set to happen, Hogan is certainly psyched about it.


Titus O'Neil vs. Dolph Ziggler 

Two men entering the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal look for a momentum-boosting victory.

Both men lost on the March 24 Raw, Ziggler to Big E and O'Neil to Big Show. With few opportunities since then, the significance of this bout increases.

Who and what the announcers talk about during the action will provide a strong hint about each man's chances in the Battle Royal. Big Show and Sheamus have both been pegged as favorites. It will be intriguing to see how Ziggler and O'Neil are painted by the commentators as they lock up on Friday.

There's also the possibility of the Battle Royal's other entrants getting involved, leading to a brawl like fans saw on Piper's Pit on Monday's Raw.

Both O'Neil and Ziggler were there, claiming they would win before chaos washed over the scene. They will hope for a better result this time around, though.


The Real Americans vs. Los Matadores

Two of the three teams vying for The Usos' tag team championships will first collide on SmackDown.

Curtis Axel and Ryback will have to watch as one of the other tag title challengers gets a big win right before WrestleMania. Cesaro and Jack Swagger looked strong on Monday's Raw when all four teams in the Fatal 4-Way competed.

Los Matadores managed to invoke "twin magic" and get the win, though.

The Real Americans have a chance to avenge that loss or else enter WrestleMania on a losing streak. Cesaro's uppercut and Swagger's ankle lock give them a great shot at achieving the former.

The wrestling portion of Friday's SmackDown's ends there. There is a lot more show to fill beyond those two bouts and Hogan's appearance, making the night more of an extended pre-show than a standard episode.