Sheamus vs. Batista
For the first time since beating Alberto Del Rio back at Elimination Chamber in February, Batista scored a legitimate victory over a legitimate main event talent, defeating Sheamus in the headliner of this week's broadcast.
"The Animal" had been presented as a star but went a long time without a win and needed to remind fans that between the ropes, he is one of the best of the last decade. He got that win against Sheamus, who is a former world heavyweight champion and has largely been protected by WWE booking for the better part of two years.
Sheamus loses nothing in defeat, especially considering who gave it to him, and Batista gets back on track and picks up a little momentum following Evolution's reunion this past Monday night.
Paige vs. Aksana
Anyone who expected Aksana to be in one of the best matches on this week's SmackDown should give themselves a pat on the back because Friday night, she and Paige wrestled a very good Divas match.
The Lithuanian beauty utilized her power advantage, which she gained through years of bodybuilding, wearing down the smaller Brit and working over her lower back. Paige fought back, showing great intensity in doing so, and scored the win with her Scorpion Cross Lock submission finish.
This very competitive match showed off skills from Aksana that few knew she had and continued Paige's successful (to this point) main roster stint.
Triple H Promo
While Daniel Bryan, the Wyatt Family and The Shield have garnered a ton of press and have been among the most talked-about stars in the industry to this point in 2014, there may be no more valuable member of the roster than Triple H.
The King of Kings has been at the top of his game, both in-ring and on the mic, and Friday was no exception. He spoke about creating The Shield and giving them the opportunity to come back to him, crawling and begging for forgiveness. But they did not, so now he must destroy them.
He spoke specifically about Roman Reigns, adding fuel to the fire that the two of them will meet somewhere down the road.
It was a phenomenal promo by a master of the art form and one that will only add to the anticipation for The Shield vs. Evolution at Extreme Rules.