WWE SmackDown Spoilers: Complete Results and Analysis for April 18, 2014

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WWE SmackDown Spoilers: Complete Results and Analysis for April 18, 2014
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After the return of Evolution this past Monday on Raw, much attention will be paid to this Friday's SmackDown as "The Animal" Batista is in action against "The Celtic Warrior" Sheamus.

What will Batista, Randy Orton and Triple H have in store for the WWE Universe, just days after leaving The Shield lying in a heap? More importantly, will the Hounds of Justice make their presence felt as the Friday night staple hits the SyFy airwaves?

On Monday night, four supremely talented Superstars advanced in a number one contender's tournament that will see the winner challenge Big E for the Intercontinental Championship. With the champion in the house, would any of the tournament competitors come face-to-face with the former bodybuilder?

Divas champion Paige and Alexander Rusev are two of the bright young stars from NXT who have infiltrated the WWE roster. Would they be able to continue their winning ways as they competed on this week's show?

The WWE fans would get the answers to their questions as SmackDown rolled into historic Nashville.

Here is a look at the spoilers for this Friday's broadcast, courtesy of our friends at WrestlingInc.com.

 

Venue

Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN.

 

Broadcast Team

Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield

 

Results

  • Triple H cuts a promo discussing Evolution's reunion, calls the group more dominant than The Shield and announces a huge six-man tag match between the two trios at Extreme Rules on May 4.
  • Intercontinental champion Big E defeats Alberto Del Rio by disqualification.
  • Paul Heyman appears and repeatedly reminds the fans that his client, Brock Lesnar, broke the Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania.
  • Paige defeats Aksana with the Scorpion Cross Lock.
  • El Torito defeats Hornswoggle.
  • Alexander Rusev defeats R-Truth by submission. After the match, Xavier Woods hits the ring and is demolished by Rusev.
  • Sheamus is interviewed backstage.
  • Santino Marella (with Emma) defeats Fandango (with Layla.)
  • Batista defeats Sheamus with the Batista Bomb.

Analysis

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Evolution Continues to Rule

After Monday's show, Evolution continues to gain momentum as Batista defeats Sheamus in a match that will likely be among the hardest-hitting bouts in recent SmackDown history.

That win comes almost an hour after Triple H, the COO of WWE and co-founder of Evolution, officially announced the six-man tag match between his faction and The Shield at Extreme Rules.

With such a hotly anticipated match on the horizon, fans have three potential main events to look forward to. The return of Daniel Bryan to WWE television next week, coupled with the re-emergence of the Big Red Machine should set up the WWE title match nicely, while the John Cena and Bray Wyatt cage match may have the best build of any bout on the card.

As great as WrestleMania 30 was, Extreme Rules has a chance to be even better and fans should be truly excited for that possibility.

 

Saudi Arabian Tour Takes Toll on Roster

The ongoing tour of Saudi Arabia has left a rather depleted roster of talent for this week's SmackDown tapings, and it is immediately noticeable upon glancing at the results.

That Santino Marella is one of the most over stars appearing and Hornswoggle vs. El Torito is actually a match on the card is an indictment of the show more than anything. Luckily, a legitimate main event between two former World Heavyweight champions in Sheamus and Batista headlines the show and Triple H addresses Evolution's attack on The Shield to further that program.

 

The Next Generation of Stars Impress

Paige continues her winning ways Friday night as she knocks of Aksana in what should be an interesting match to watch. Paige has long been considered one of the best female workers in the company while Aksana is, well, not. How they work together will determine the quality of the bout.

Alexander Rusev follows up Monday's victory over Xavier Woods with what should be a dominant win over former United States champion R-Truth. The post-match interaction between Rusev and Woods is intriguing and could be hinting at a more-aggressive Woods—not unlike the one fans have been witnessing in NXT in recent weeks.

Of course, more aggressive or not, he will still be the recipient of a nasty beating at the hands of the Bulgarian Brute.

 

El Torito vs. Hornswoggle

Like momma always said, "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."

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