Days after losing the United States Championship, The Shield's Dean Ambrose looks to regain the title he held for nearly a year when he meets Sheamus one-on-one on this Friday Night's SmackDown.
Elsewhere on the show, Ambrose's fellow Shield members will be in action, as Roman Reigns takes on the "World's Strongest Man" Mark Henry and Seth Rollins squares off with "The Animal" Batista.
Would The Shield have more success Friday than they did Monday night, or would Triple H once again get the last laugh, proving that the Hounds of Justice may have won the battle at Extreme Rules but they are far from winning the war?
The rivalry between John Cena and the Wyatt Family continues, as the leader of the Cenation teams with WWE Tag Team champions The Usos to take on Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in a titanic six-man clash.
With Intercontinental champion Bad News Barrett, Rob Van Dam, newcomer Rusev and Kofi Kingston all making appearances on this week's broadcast, they show is certain to be an entertaining one.
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Take a look at what went down at Tuesday night's SmackDown tapings, courtesy of WrestlingInc.com!
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Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield
- United States champion Sheamus defeated Dean Ambrose with the Brogue Kick. Neither Roman Reigns nor Seth Rollins were at ringside for the match.
- Cesaro and Bad News Barrett defeated Rob Van Dam and Big E when Cesaro pinned E following the Neutralizer.
- Rusev defeated Kofi Kingston; Prior to the match, Lana stated that America should change and follow Vladimir Putin.
- Bray Wyatt appeared on screen and cut a promo about John Cena.
- Fandango and Layla defeated Emma and Santino Marella when Layla pinned Emma.
- Roman Reigns pinned Mark Henry following the Spear.
- Los Matadores and El Torito defeated Heath Slater, Drew McIntyre and Hornswoggle when El Torito pinned Slater.
- Batista defeated Seth Rollins via count-out after Rollins misses a dive over the top rope and hits the broadcast table.
- The Wyatt Family defeated John Cena and the Usos when Luke Harper pinned "one of the Usos."
Divide and Conquer
Sunday at Extreme Rules, COO Triple H learned just how dangerous The Shield can be as a unit. The Hounds of Justice scored a tremendous upset over Evolution at that event, proving themselves to be one of the most dominant groups in wrestling history.
What better way to slow their momentum after a brutal beatdown on Raw by forcing them into singles competition on SmackDown against three former World Heavyweight champions?
Ambrose lost clean to Sheamus in a match that resulted from the Celtic Warrior's United States Championship victory Monday night on Raw. Rollins dropped his match to Batista via count-out after one of his high risks failed to pay off.
Reigns is the only member of the group to be successful, continuing a white-hot streak thus far in 2014.
What effect will the losses have on The Shield and how will they respond by the time Raw rolls around next Monday night?
We will have to wait and see.
For the love of Bray Wyatt, does the feud between Fandango and Layla and Santino Marella and Emma have to continue? Really? Is there literally nothing else better for the four talented performers to do?
The same can be said about Los Matadores and 3MB. Though that feud resulted in the extremely fun Wee-LC match this past Sunday at Extreme Rules, it is time for all parties to move on. If not, the feud risks burning the audience out and living on well past its sell-by date.
While there is a lot to enjoy about the current WWE product, the lower midcard is a deep, dark abyss that absolutely no one wants to find themselves in. There is no upward or downward momentum. Instead, the men and women that find themselves there are constantly moving in place.
Like a treadmill.
Cena and The Wyatt Family Clash
The greatest story in WWE today spills over to SmackDown this week as John Cena teams with The Usos to take on the Wyatt Family in a six-man tag team main event.
The Wyatt Family's win only adds to the momentum the group has coming out of Extreme Rules and Raw, where Wyatt cut his finest promo to date.
Cena and The Usos are extremely over and while the tag champions have less wiggle room as to how much they can lose and remain unscathed, all three Superstars will be fine despite the loss.
Considering the quality of the six-man tag matches in today's WWE, the main event of Friday's show should be extraordinary.
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