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WWE SmackDown: Spoiler-Free Preview for October 31

Ryan Dilbert@@ryandilbertWWE Lead WriterOctober 30, 2014

Credit: WWE.com

A Halloween theme runs through the Oct. 31 edition of WWE SmackDown.

Pumpkins and other Halloween decorations adorn a Street Fight, and the Divas battle with their costumes on. Los Matadores and the tag team champions won't need to dress up; their standard ring gear already fits in with the upcoming holiday.

Dolph Ziggler, the recently returned Ryback and the little-seen Great Khali are all in action as well.

Fans who filled Houston's Toyota Center on Tuesday already know how all the matches played out. The same goes for those who have already perused any of the spoiler reports out there.

The taped show won't air until Friday at 8 p.m. ET on SyFy. The following is a look at all the bouts on tap, the results omitted.

Divas Halloween Costume Battle Royal

Jerry Lawler is going to love this match. The majority of the Divas division is set to face off in full costume. 

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Natalya, Summer Rae, Rosa Mendes, the Bellas and Paige are among the women all vying for a victory.

There will be plenty of bad blood to go along with all the low-cut getups. Alicia Fox will be looking to make Paige pay for attacking her at Hell in a Cell and Monday's Raw.

Brie Bella is now her sister Nikki's personal assistant, an arrangement that has already resulted in smoothie-soaked hair. She'll have ample motivation to toss Nikki over the top rope. 

No one is going to expect much in terms of wrestling here. This producing anything more than a few chuckles and some eye candy would be a shocker. 

Kane vs. Dolph Ziggler

The Showoff has found himself caught in The Authority's fangs.

After he looked to be discussing joining John Cena's Survivor Series team, WWE's evil empire has had it out for Ziggler. On Monday's Raw, that led to him facing Kane and later suffering a beating from Seth Rollins.

He gets another crack at the suit-wearing giant on Friday's SmackDown.

Ziggler has been on a run of excellent matches. Since entering the Intercontinental Championship picture this summer, he's put on show-stealing performances against Cesaro, Rollins and The Miz. Kane is a much older and slower foe, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he kept up the quality work against him.

Ryback vs. Heath Slater

The Big Guy is back. Ryback returned to his wrecking-ball ways as a babyface on Monday's Raw.

What could be a career resurrection began with him throttling Bo Dallas.

Slater will hope to avoid suffering that same outcome. Aside from a brief winning streak a few months ago, he's chiefly been asked to be the prey in the WWE ecosystem. With Ryback's momentum building, not many folks will be putting their money on Slater.

It's not clear if Ryback has ditched his old partner, Curtis Axel, for good. Another appearance sans Axel points to that partnership being over and the third-generation star likely remaining out of the spotlight. 

Goldust and Stardust vs. Los Matadores

If you're the tag team champs or Fernando and Diego, masks, colorful outfits and face paint aren't just for Halloween. This quartet of weirdness collides in a non-title match.

The duos occupy vastly different positions in the tag team hierarchy. Goldust and Stardust have held the tag team titles since Night of Champions, fending off The Usos ever since. Los Matadores have struggled to stay relevant, mostly being a comedy act at the bottom of the card.

They enter as massive underdogs looking to change their fortunes.

There will be plenty of speed and athletic ability in the ring at one time here. WWE can play this for laughs or else make it an unexpected thriller.

The Great Khali vs. Rusev

Another giant takes on the man who refuses to lose. Rusev moves on from Mark Henry and Big Show to a man who rarely steps into the ring.

The last time The Great Khali wrestled on TV was back in July. Coincidentally, it was in an awful match against Rusev.

Khali lost via submission that night. It's going to take some mighty chops to the head to avoid that fate again.

Dean Ambrose vs. Cesaro (Trick-or-Street Fight)

Ambrose should still be seething after Bray Wyatt cost him a chance to put Seth Rollins away at Hell in a Cell. Cesaro won't be in a good mood, either. He fell to Ziggler in straight falls at the same pay-per-view.

Rather than see a standard Street Fight between these two emerging stars, though, fans will watch a Halloween-centered battle. 

When these men have collided in the past, the results have been excellent. Those matches didn't involve any Halloween gags, though.  

This could be a tremendous blend of odd props and hard-hitting wrestling, or it could be a joke. There's a similar uncertainty looking over the rest of the SmackDown card, a night featuring some of the roster's best ring workers as well as some of its benchwarmers. 

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