Just 24 hours after defeating Seth Rollins in a hard-fought match and only two nights until a rematch with the architect, Roman Reigns must square off with Rusev in the SmackDown main event.
For Reigns, the match is an opportunity to enter Night of Champions riding an unstoppable tidal wave of momentum. Becoming the first man to pin Rusev's shoulders to the mat would earn Reigns a tremendous amount of recognition and would make him a force that no amount of motivation on Rollins' part or any interference from The Authority would be able to stop.
A Rusev win would give him confidence that, regardless of how many times he had been one-upped by Mark Henry over the last month, he could roll into Sunday's pay-per-view and knock off the former heavyweight champion.
Bray Wyatt's budding rivalry with The Big Show continues as the World's Largest Athlete teams with Los Matadores to meet the dangerous Wyatt Family. Would Bray get the upper hand in the rivalry after the giant's impressive show of dominance on Raw, or would Big Show continue to roll through The Eater of Worlds?
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- Jimmy Uso defeated Stardust.
- Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler (with R-Truth) defeated Cesaro and The Miz (with Damien Sandow).
- Adam Rose defeated Heath Slater (with Titus O'Neil).
- The Wyatt Family defeated The Big Show and Los Matadores.
- Paige defeated Nikki Bella in a non-title match. AJ Lee was on commentary. After the match, she and Paige argued until both women were laid out by Nikki.
- Bo Dallas defeated Jack Swagger. After the match, he cut a promo telling Swagger to Bo-Lieve.
- Roman Reigns defeated Rusev via disqualification when Seth Rollins interfered. After the match, Rollins accidentally blasted Rusev with the Money in the Bank briefcase then brawled around ringside with Reigns to end the show.
The main event of Friday's show should prove to be a fun one.
Roman Reigns and Rusev have competed on the broadcast in the past and both times provided fans with a quality bout chock-full of high-impact power moves. With both gearing up for high-profile matches at Night of Champions, expect them to put on a show as WWE delivers its final bit of hype for its annual September extravaganza.
Big Show and Bray Wyatt had a match on Raw that can only be classified as awful. It was slow, plodding and took the already quiet Lafayette, Louisiana, crowd out of the show. Friday night the two big men have the opportunity to redeem themselves in Six-Man Tag Team action.
The involvement of Los Matadores is somewhat questionable, not to mention different from what was originally advertised. The fact that WWE Creative opted to go with Jimmy Uso vs. Stardust to kick off the show meant that Big Show would have to turn to Fernando and Diego to back him up rather than the WWE tag team champions, The Usos.
Quite the step down there.
Nikki Bella standing tall over Paige and AJ Lee continues to establish her as a very real threat to leave Night of Champions with the Divas Championship. With that said, there is the Brie Bella factor to take into consideration.
How she factors into the title bout remains to be seen, but expect the match to ultimately come down to either Paige or AJ Lee when all is said and done.
Unlike most episodes of SmackDown recently, which have been little more than filler for the WWE television schedule, this week's broadcast looks like it has potential to be a serviceable preview for Sunday night's huge Night of Champions show.