WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for September 5

Ryan DilbertWWE Lead WriterSeptember 4, 2014

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A massive tag match featuring massive men headlines the Sept. 5 edition of WWE SmackDown.

John Cena joins a bevy of marquee names in the top match. Titleholders Paige, Dolph Ziggler and Jimmy Uso also seek victories as the road to Night of Champions continues.

Fans who packed into the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska, already know how all the action unfolded.

Everyone else has to either read the results on the Internet or wait until SmackDown airs on SyFy on Friday night at 8 ET/7 CT. For those who will chose the latter route, the following is a non-spoiler look at all the matches to expect on the show.


Dolph Ziggler vs. Cesaro

Both men are booked for midcard title bouts at Night of Champions. Ziggler will defend the Intercontinental Championship against The Miz. Cesaro will challenge Sheamus for the U.S. title.

Only one of these foes can gain momentum for their championship showdown at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

WWE has had no issues in the past with pinning non-title losses on its midcard champions. It has also limited Cesaro's wins of late.

Per CageMatch.net (link contains spoilers), Cesaro was just 3-10 in televised singles matches in July and August. That includes a quick loss to Ziggler himself on the Aug. 4 edition of Raw.

Can The King of Swing do better this time around? That along with if two of WWE's best workers will get a long time to show off their skills will be among the biggest questions heading into this clash.


Heath Slater vs. Jimmy Uso

Jey Usos' storyline injury forces his brother into singles action again. Jimmy split his last two matches, knocking off Stardust on last Friday's SmackDown but losing to Goldust on Monday's Raw.

He gets a lower-level opponent this time around.

Slater briefly went on a winning streak in July but has since come back to earth. He'll be looking to add another upset to his resume against one-half of the tag champs. 

The Usos are likely headed for a collision with Stardust and Goldust at Night of Champions. Facing Slater gives Jimmy a chance to head toward that match looking strong. Expect some goofiness from Slater and some electric high-flying from Jimmy.


Paige vs. Brie Bella

The intersection of the two major Divas feuds continues.

On Monday's Raw, Stephanie McMahon awarded Nikki Bella a future title shot. That led to Brie and the champion having a few objections before Brie shoved both of them to the mat.

Paige gets a chance to shove back on Friday's SmackDown.

What this match promises to clear up is how involved the Bellas are going to be in the title picture and how much Paige and AJ Lee are going to get thrown into the sister-versus-sister storyline. As for the result, the smart money is on Paige.

Brie hasn't won a singles match since besting Alicia Fox on Superstars back in January.


Zack Ryder vs. Bo Dallas

Fans will be expecting Dallas to be taking another victory lap here unless Jack Swagger gets involved. Ryder is firmly planted in a jobber role. Dallas, meanwhile, is in the first stages of a feud with Swagger.

Last week, Dallas yanked Swagger's legs from under him, leading to the All-American American losing to Rusev once more.

If Swagger doesn't seek this chance for revenge, Dallas has a great shot to better his record.

A Ryder win, on the other hand, would derail the would-be motivational speaker's momentum. It would offer Swagger a chance to laugh at the man who has been mocking him for his recent defeats.


John Cena, Roman Reigns, Big Show, Mark Henry and Chris Jericho vs. Kane, Seth Rollins, Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan

SmackDown's main event is loaded with big names, including at least four future Hall of Famers. It's an even bigger version of the final match from Monday's Raw.

A number of feuds merge into a battle that has appeal aplenty on paper. Cena will be looking to provide further proof that he deserves his upcoming title shot against Brock Lesnar. 

On Monday night, Reigns speared Kane off his feet for the win. The Authority and The Wyatt Family look to earn a victory this time out.

The key subplot surrounds Reigns. He has been battling Kane, Randy Orton and Rollins as of late. If he and Rollins spend much of the night pummeling each other, it will signal that those two are in fact headed for a collision at Night of Champions.