Just 48 hours prior to Payback, World Wrestling Entertainment presented a SmackDown that featured a champion vs. champion match, a Last Man Standing match and an overall solid build to Sunday's pay-per-view broadcast.
The match of the night was the clash between Intercontinental champion Bad News Barrett and United States champion Sheamus. The appearance by Cesaro and advocate Paul Heyman at ringside ensured that the Celtic Warrior would have to keep one eye on his opponent and one eye on the top contender to his title.
Bray Wyatt previewed Sunday's clash against John Cena with a Last Man Standing match for the main event against one-half of the WWE Tag Team champions, Jimmy Uso. Would he be able to eliminate Uso from the equation, lessening Cena's backup by one, or would Uso score one of the biggest wins of his young career?
Paige was in action ahead of her Divas title defense against Alicia Fox, and Big E warmed up for his battle against Rusev Sunday night by taking on the aggressive Titus O'Neil.
Adam Rose was in action, as he squared off with Jack Swagger in a match that many assumed would be held off until Payback.
The hype machine was in full force as SmackDown hit the SyFy airwaves Friday night.
Now, relive the very best of the best with this week's the Good, the Great and the Awesome!