WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for Aug. 29

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WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for Aug. 29
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Rematches highlight the Aug. 29 edition of WWE SmackDown.

Roman Reigns, Jack Swagger and Paige all face rivals they know well. Those battles offer a chance to create lasting images and acquire big wins en route to the Night of Champions pay-per-view.

The fans who filled the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, already know how they all unfolded. The matches won't air until Friday night at 8 ET/7 CT on Syfy. There's no shortage of ways to find the results early.

For those who wish to be surprised by who wins and loses, the following is a spoiler-free preview of all the clashes taped for Friday's SmackDown.


Seth Rollins vs. Rob Van Dam

Van Dam ends his current run against a familiar opponent. As Mike Johnson reported for PWInsider, "Van Dam officially finished up his latest cycle of dates with World Wrestling Entertainment" with this SmackDown appearance.

These two also battled on Tuesday's Main Event, a clash Van Dam won by count-out.

Expect an angry Rollins this time around. Not only is he going to be looking to make up for that loss, but he spent Monday night embarrassed and afraid. Reigns interrupted his mock eulogy for Dean Ambrose and later flung a cinder block at his head.

With Ambrose gone, fans will be curious to see if Rollins and Reigns engage in a full-on feud or if their collisions on Monday were just temporary.

Either way, Rollins enters as the favorite on Friday's SmackDown. He's the rising star in need of wins with a departing Van Dam on his radar again.


Paige vs. Emma

The Divas champ looks to take down an old foe from NXT.

Paige has won the Divas Championship twice and wrestled on several pay-per-views since her call-up from WWE developmental. Emma hasn't had nearly as much success.

She can make a huge impression with a non-title victory over Paige, though. An upset here gets more spotlight to shine her way.

For Paige, this match is about gaining momentum before her next eventual meeting with AJ Lee. Those two women have had odd encounters as of late, including AJ giving Paige a long, awkward hug on Monday's Raw.


Rusev vs. Jack Swagger

Swagger won't quit trying to topple The Bulgarian Brute. At SummerSlam, Rusev wrenched his back and neck until he passed out. On Monday's Raw, he stomped on his Swagger's injured ribs until the referee stopped the match.

Can the American patriot finally score a win in this series, or will the powerhouse hurt him once more? Swagger has pushed Rusev harder than anyone, but he has only moral victories to show for it.

His opportunities may end here.

On last week's SmackDown, Mark Henry chased Rusev out of the ring. It looks as if WWE is heading toward a Rusev-Henry feud, meaning that Swagger is likely going to play the part of the victim again.

Rusev appears to be on a collision course with The World's Strongest Man.


Jimmy Uso vs. Stardust

The Usos were in search of challengers after fending off The Wyatt Family at Money in the Bank and Battleground. The search is over.

Stardust and Goldust have embraced a darker side, attacking the tag champs after a failed attempt to win the titles on Monday's Raw.

WWE is clearly building toward a match between the two pairs of brothers at Night of Champions. That rivalry's next step is to have half of each team pursue a singles win. It's likely, then, that Jey Uso and Goldust get a chance to wallop each other on Monday's Raw.

For now, Stardust gets to show fans just how vicious his new attitude will make him.


Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow (for The Miz)

Sandow will again play The Miz's stunt double so that the former IC champ doesn't have to endanger his "moneymaker." The Miz will wisely avoid a man whose specialty is kicking people in the face and let Sandow take the pounding instead.

The first attempt at this switch didn't end well. Dolph Ziggler rolled through "Damien Mizdow" on Monday's Raw.

Sheamus won't care who it is he's clobbering. He will be looking to sharpen his game in preparation for a showdown with Cesaro. A win over Van Dam earned Cesaro a U.S. title shot.

The Miz is hoping for a title opportunity of his own, against Ziggler. It's unclear whether Sandow winning for him would get him any closer to that goal. This "wrestling by proxy" business is uncharted territory. 


Bray Wyatt vs. Roman Reigns

Wyatt has to be seething. John Cena dominated him just as Brock Lesnar did to Cena at SummerSlam. On Monday's Raw, Wyatt spent the majority of his match against the former world champ on his back.

Going up against Reigns, though, is not the best method of recovering one's mojo. Reigns has been unstoppable as of late, taking out Randy Orton at SummerSlam and more than holding his own against both Rollins and Kane on Raw.

Reigns will have to worry about Rollins and Orton interfering and Luke Harper and Erick Rowan taking swipes at him, not to mention the demented sadist opposite him in the ring.

This promises to be a fun bout, one featuring two potential headliners. This and the night's other action will continue the build toward Night of Champions.

Challengers and rivals are stepping up. Friday's SmackDown offers a place for them to further prove themselves.

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