WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for Aug. 1

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterJuly 31, 2014

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Rematches comprise the majority of the first WWE SmackDown of August. 

Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, Bo Dallas and Diego of Los Matadores will all face familiar foes. Those Superstars and others look to add wins to their record before SummerSlam in a matter of weeks.

SmackDown's bouts will signal which feuds will fade and which will be featured on that upcoming pay-per-view.

The American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas hosted all the action on Tuesday. One can either read the spoiler reports to find out what happened or else wait until the show airs on Friday night on SyFy.

For those who will do the latter, the following is a preview of all the matches lined up for Friday's SmackDown with the results omitted.


Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins and Kane

Ambrose could get his hands around Rollins' throat before SummerSlam, but it won't be under advantageous conditions.

Rollins will have his ally from The Authority at his side. While that won't scare Ambrose, it increases the chances that he leaves the ring hurt.

He's had a number of physical battles lately, including a No Disqualification match against Cesaro on last week's SmackDown and a bout against Alberto Del Rio that left Ambrose bleeding from the mouth.

Even banged up, Ambrose should bring the fight to both of his opponents here. He enters as the underdog, though, destined to be overwhelmed by the two-on-one advantage his enemies have.


Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio

WWE's standby match pops up again.

Even though doctors sewed stitches into his brow just a day before this was taped and he also worked Main Event, Del Rio gets into the ring against his old nemesis on Friday's SmackDown. He and Ziggler have shown time and time again that they can produce a quality, engaging match without a story, so fans will be expecting excellence here.

Ziggler has recently been clashing with The Miz, hinting at a possible Intercontinental Championship match in the near future.

If the announcers bring up The Miz a number of times and the big-headed Superstar gets involved in this bout, that's a sure sign of The Showoff getting a title shot soon.


Jack Swagger vs. Cesaro

The men once known as The Real Americans collide, each looking for momentum.

Victories have come far too infrequently for Cesaro as of late. John Cena, Kofi Kingston, Big E and Ambrose have all beaten him in the last few weeks. A win against Swagger would have his August begin far more prosperously than his July has been.

Swagger, meanwhile, is likely headed for a collision with Rusev.

A win by submission over his old partner is a fine way to head into that impending matchup. One has to wonder, though, if Cesaro vs. Swagger will get a chance to come to a conclusion.

Rusev is sure to be circling and may pounce on his patriotic rival before or during the action on Friday's SmackDown.


Bo Dallas vs. R-Truth

Brock Lesnar isn't the only Superstar who ended someone's undefeated streak this year. R-Truth halted Dallas' run of wins on Monday's Raw, courtesy of an inside cradle.

Dallas attacked his opponent afterward, trading his grating grin for a snarl.

This could just be a chance for Dallas to make up for that loss, or WWE could be heading toward a full-fledged feud here. A quick win by Dallas points to the former while a contentious, brawl-heavy match suggests that the latter is set to play out.

Either way, expect a litany of puns using Dallas' first name from the commentary team.


Fandango vs. Diego

Another Raw rematch gives Fandango a shot at redemption. Diego pinned him on Monday's Raw thanks to a distraction from Fandango's former dance partners, Layla and Summer Rae.

That's been the story for the majority of the dancer's recent outings.

It's unclear where WWE is heading with this angle, but Layla and Summer continue to show up with other men, torturing Fandango with jealousy. That's led to him losing regularly, but what will be the climax to all of this?

Fans will be looking for possible answers to that question during Fandango's latest battle.


AJ Lee vs. Rosa Mendes

The Divas champ faces a rarely seen Diva.

AJ has run over her competition since reclaiming the Divas title in late June. That's expected to be the case again against Rosa. Rosa's last singles win came way back on Feb. 22, 2011, per CageMatch.

She'll either score the upset of the year here or serve as one of AJ's warm-ups before a likely title match against Paige.

Paige last had a confrontation with AJ on Monday's Raw. The brawl that ensued ended with the champ in the ring and her rival scurrying in retreat. Paige is certain to strike back, perhaps as soon as Friday's SmackDown.


Chris Jericho vs. Erick Rowan

To get to the monster, one must first go through his minions. That's what Jericho will attempt to do en route to his SummerSlam clash with Bray Wyatt.

Wyatt and Luke Harper are sure to be looking on as their "brother" Rowan attempts to pummel Jericho.

After The Wyatt Family ambushed him again on Monday's Raw, Y2J will be seeking a measure of revenge. Knocking off one of Wyatt's soldiers likely won't be enough payback, but it would be one step of many to satisfying Jericho.

Jericho has the edge in experience and speed, but he faces an opponent who will tower over him.

It will be exciting to see what Rowan can do here and if he can surpass his best singles work to date. It's a fresh matchup on a night where rematches are abundant.

When Ziggler, Swagger and company go to battle, look for hints of what's to come at SummerSlam. 


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