Just four days after nearly falling prey to the triple powerbomb, Batista returns to SmackDown this Friday night for a No Disqualification match against his side-rival, Dolph Ziggler.
WWE Tag Team champions the Usos take on the Wyatt Family's Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in a match that could go a long way in determining the Tag title match at Payback on June 1. To this point, Rowan and Harper have gotten the best of the champions. If the Usos want to turn the tide back in their favor, they will have to do so by fending off Rowan and Harper.
Bo Dallas is slated to debut on Friday night. Who will his first opponent be and how will the audience react to the biggest Bo-Liever of them all?
With Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio also scheduled for the show, Friday night's broadcast appears to be a wrestling-heavy one.
Who will come out on top and who will be in desperate need of a win by the time Monday Night Raw rolls around?
Find out now, courtesy of our friends at Wrestling Inc.
The O2 Arena in London
Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield
- Hulk Hogan, host of the night's show, opens the broadcast and talks about the WWE Network and how it will be coming to the United Kingdom.
- Batista defeated Dolph Ziggler in a No Disqualification match.
- Cameron and Naomi defeated Eva Marie and Nikki Bella when special referee Summer Rae cost Eva Marie the match.
- Bo Dallas defeated Sin Cara; Dallas cut a pre-match promo.
- Bray Wyatt cut a promo on John Cena and their match at Payback.
- Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio (Cesaro was on commentary).
- Adam Rose brought the Exotic Express back to the O2 Arena for the second consecutive night and partied with Vickie Guerrero.
- The Usos defeated Luke Harper and Erick Rowan; after the match, Jimmy, Jey and John Cena were beaten down by the Wyatt Family.
The Cena-Wyatt Feud Continues
For the second time this week, John Cena and the Usos find themselves on the receiving end of a beatdown at the hands of the Wyatt Family.
While Raw's beatdown was saved by the tease for the Last Man Standing match, Friday's seems like a rehash from a creative team that ran out of original ideas Monday night.
Feuds such as the one between Cena and Bray Wyatt run the risk of descending into staleness if those writing the thing are not careful. While Wyatt has been stellar on the microphone, turning in some of the best performances by any Superstar over the last two decades, the beatdowns and posing to close out shows is becoming tired.
The feud has remained hot thanks to the originality of segments such as the choir ordeal and simplistic solutions to fairly routine promos such as staging one inside a steel cage.
Adding a twist to an age-old idea will help keep the story fresh and intriguing. Otherwise, the company may be forced to wrap it up come June 1, whether it intended to originally or not.
Batista vs. Ziggler III
The Animal has been upstaged by Dolph Ziggler in two previous encounters, and Friday night on SmackDown, he looks to put an end to the Showoff.
The No Disqualification stipulation plays up the upcoming match between The Shield and Evolution at Payback, which will be fought under similar rules.
Ziggler has enjoyed a resurgence in recent weeks, going on a winning streak of sorts, but Friday night, it comes to an end.
Batista desperately needs a great singles match against a great worker to try to win him some favor with fans that still have not received him positively since his return. Ziggler is that great worker. And while fans will not have any indication on the quality of the match until it airs Friday, this match has the opportunity to be that much-needed great bout.
Third-generation star Bo Dallas makes his return to the main roster Friday night, defeating Sin Cara and cutting a promo on the importance of Bo-Lieving.
With the recent disappointment of Adam Rose's debut, a character that played much better at NXT than Dallas', one has to wonder what the realistic expectations are for Dallas. If it is expected that he can be a main event star for the company, that expectation will prove faulty.
If the WWE believes he can be a midcard star who works solid matches and keeps crowds entertained as a delusional villain, he could find success. With Bad News Barrett, Rob Van Dam, Alberto Del Rio, Sheamus, Cesaro, Big E and Jack Swagger starring in that section of the card, however, one has to wonder where there is any room for Dallas to succeed.
It should be interesting to see how the company handles him, how the crowd responds to him and whether or not he can capitalize on his opportunity and prove this writer wrong.