The war between Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns has captivated World Wrestling Entertainment of late, and Thursday night on SmackDown will be no different.
The ability of the top two contenders to Brock Lesnar's WWE World Heavyweight Championship to coexist will be tested as they team up in a very special Tag Team Turmoil match.
To emerge victoriously, they will not only have to set aside their own differences, but they will also have to overcome some talented tandems, including Kane and Big Show.
Reigns and Bryan battled the Corporate Demon and the World's Largest Athlete on Raw, defeating them by disqualification.
Will they be able to overcome The Authority's goons for a second consecutive broadcast?
With a limited roster thanks to another overseas tour, Thursday's episode of SmackDown will feature Superstars who otherwise may not receive they exposure they will on this week's show.
What can fans expect from the show?
Thanks to Wrestling Inc, we have all of the results from Tuesday night's tapings.
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Michael Cole, Byron Saxton and Jerry Lawler
- Kane opened the show, announcing Tag Team Turmoil for the night's main event. Reigns and Bryan would team up.
- Bray Wyatt pinned R-Truth.
- Paige defeated Summer Rae.
- Fandango defeated Adam Rose.
- Tag Team Turmoil saw Reigns and Bryan defeat The Miz and Damien Mizdow, The Usos, Los Matadores, Slater Gator and Big Show and Kane. Bryan eliminated four of the teams and celebrated to close out the show. During the match, Big Show turned on Kane, potentially signaling another turn.
The depleted roster severely hampers this week's episode of SmackDown, as one can see from the results above.
In what is sure to be their first—and only—main event appearance of the year, Los Matadores and Slater Gator compete in the Tag Team Turmoil match.
Add to that R-Truth, Summer Rae and another "main event in any arena" between Adam Rose and Fandango, and you have the recipe for a glorified episode of WWE Superstars rather than SmackDown.
Luckily, the Bryan-Reigns saga will continue into another broadcast, providing fans with something closely resembling storyline continuity.
Reports from the taping, included in the spoilers, indicate that the night's main event lasts longer than 45 minutes. If that is the case, Bryan and Reigns deserve kudos for carrying that large a portion of the show. They have been the centerpieces of WWE programming for the last two weeks and the quality of Thursday's entire broadcast hinges on their performances.
The supposed turn by Big Show, who reportedly blasts Kane with the KO Punch, is ridiculous.
Much has been made of the giant's nonstop turns throughout the course of his WWE career, but to turn him again—just two months after his last change—would prove that WWE Creative really has no idea what it is doing with the former champion.
Since returning to Thursday nights, WWE has done a solid job of making SmackDown enjoyable television.
Unfortunately, a lack of star power and story development makes for a lackluster stop on the road to WrestleMania.