For a show whose lack of star power is evident on a weekly basis, this Friday's SmackDown features a blockbuster main event with 10 of the biggest and brightest stars in all of World Wrestling Entertainment. John Cena, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Big Show and Mark Henry meet The Wyatt Family, Seth Rollins and Kane.
The drama surrounding the Divas Championship continues as Paige meets Brie Bella one-on-one. Where Paige goes so does AJ Lee, and with Nikki Bella in the picture, all the ingredients are there for a wild and chaotic scene.
With Jack Swagger, Bo Dallas, Mark Henry and Rusev under the same roof, SmackDown features a number of combustible elements. Will tensions boil over to the point of explosion just 16 days before Night of Champions?
Find out everything that goes down on Friday's broadcast, according to our friends at WrestlingInc.com.
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- John Cena started the show, confused as to why people are doubting his ability to beat Brock Lesnar at Night of Champions. Eventually, Kane, Seth Rollins, The Wyatt Family, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Big Show and Mark Henry all interrupted, and a huge tag team match was booked for the night's main event.
- Dolph Ziggler defeated Cesaro; Sheamus was on commentary.
- Stardust and Goldust cut a promo on The Usos.
- Jimmy Uso defeated Heath Slater.
- Lana and Rusev cut a promo. Mark Henry interrupted and responded with a pro-American promo of his own.
- Paige defeated Brie Bella; AJ Lee and Nikki Bella were on commentary and began fighting during the match.
- Bo Dallas defeated Zack Ryder. After the match, Dallas cut a promo but was interrupted by Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Swagger brawled with Dallas and chased him off.
- John Cena, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho, Big Show and Mark Henry defeated Seth Rollins, Kane and The Wyatt Family by disqualification in a 10-man tag team match.
Cena's appearance on SmackDown heightens the interest for this episode. Love him or hate him, he is the biggest star in the industry and will attract viewers to the broadcast. As the key piece in the 10-man tag bout that caps off the night of action, his appearance makes SmackDown more significant.
The main event is a contest worthy of a Raw episode, the kind of match that WWE produces to kill time and send fans home happy with a quality main event. The spoiler report suggests that it is a lengthy match, which should be no surprise. With that much talent in the confines of a single match, one would expect that each star has his opportunity to shine.
The other development on the show is the continued interaction between Brie and Nikki Bella, AJ Lee and Divas champion Paige. After Monday night's in-ring segment involving those four women and Stephanie McMahon, it is clear that the company is headed toward a Fatal 4-Way match for the Divas title. The events that unfolded during Tuesday night's tapings continue to hint at that huge match for Night of Champions.
The remainder of the show looks very much like a placeholder. Even though Cena appears and more fans are likely to watch, that still has not motivated WWE Creative or management to treat the show more importantly than normal.
Check out the main event, which should be excellent, but feel free to skip the rest and enjoy your Friday night.