WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for April 25

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterApril 24, 2014

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Former partners face off on April 25's WWE SmackDown.

Cesaro and Jack Swagger went from waving the same flag and making the same salutes to reaching for each other's throats. They meet on the latest edition of SmackDown.

The Shield, one-half of The Usos and Tamina Snuka were all in action as well when WWE taped the latest episode in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

The results are already floating around the Internet for those interested in knowing what happens before it airs. For those just interested in seeing that match lineup, the following is a non-spoiler look at what to expect from Friday's show.


Tamina Snuka vs. Natalya

Tamina, the No. 1 contender to the Divas Championship, seeks a big win against a former champ. At Extreme Rules, Tamina will be gunning for Paige.

She has to focus on her more immediate challenge, though.

Natalya's mat wrestling acumen makes her more than a warm-up. She will do her best to ground the bigger Tamina and lock her in the Sharpshooter.

A win against Tamina can put Natalya back in the discussion for title contention. She needs the momentum after losing to Summer Rae and ending up as a victim of an attack from Sasha Banks last month.


Santino Marella and Emma vs. Fandango and Layla

A matchup fans have seen several times is scheduled once more. These two teams have met in some form seemingly every week for the past few months.

Santino defeated Fandango on last Friday's SmackDown. Emma got the win against Layla on Monday's Raw.

She used her own version of Santino's snake sock puppet. As this feud continues, we'll see if she uses that as her go-to move.


Curtis Axel vs. Jey Uso

Ryback and Axel look to be closing in on a championship opportunity against The Usos. They first have to face each Tag Team champ in singles action.

Ryback pinned Jimmy Uso on Tuesday's Main Event. It's now his brother's turn to avoid getting swept by RybAxel. As for Axel, he is going to have avoid Jey's superkick if he wants to duplicate Ryback's success. 

JImmy Uso lands a superkick to Ryback on Main Event.
JImmy Uso lands a superkick to Ryback on Main Event.Credit: WWE.com

A win for the third-generation star here would be a sign that WWE is setting up for a collision between these squads at Extreme Rules. That is doubly true if any brawling happens outside of the match.


Cody Rhodes and Goldust vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan

Harper and Rowan take a break from torturing John Cena to take on two brothers who have shown signs of splintering. On Monday's Raw, Rhodes pushed his brother and stormed away from him after their loss to The Usos.

Fans will be waiting to see if the Rhodes boys patch things up or if the infighting continues.

In 2014, both The Prime Time Players and The Real Americans have already split. Should Rhodes and Goldust avoid that same fate, they have a pair of oversized brutes to contend with.


Cesaro vs. Jack Swagger

A match many expected to come at Extreme Rules arrives early. Animosity has been building between Cesaro and Paul Heyman and Swagger and Zeb Colter as of late. Swagger went so far as to cost Cesaro his match against Rob Van Dam on Monday's Raw.

Revenge will be on the Swiss strongman's mind. Swagger will be out to prove that he is not the Marty Jannetty of this team.

Power meets power as Heyman guy takes on Real American. Is this the big fight, though, or will it simply be the first round?


The Shield vs. Bad News Barrett, Damien Sandow, Ryback, Alberto Del Rio and Titus O'Neil

The Shield have often had the numbers advantage on its opponents. Lately, that has been less true.

On the April 14 Raw, Triple H pitted The Shield against 11 men before reuniting Evolution and mauling "The Hounds of Justice."

It's only a five-on-three disparity this time around. This collection of bad guys will be looking to do damage to Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. The black-clad trio also has to be aware of Evolution coming after them as well.

This promises to be chaotic regardless of who is attacking who.