If you have not already had your fill of Kane vs. Seth Rollins, tune into SmackDown on Thursday night when they dominate the broadcast, as fans in Albany, New York, found out during Tuesday's television tapings.
The Big Red Demon from Corporate Hell continued playing mind games with his former associate, shifting back and forth from Director of Operations to Demon as he tormented the WWE world heavyweight champion. It was even more evident in the night's main event, when Kane teamed with The Dudley Boyz to take on Rollins and The New Day.
What did the company's most dangerous man have in store for Rollins when the company rolled into the Times Union Center?
The Divas Revolution continued into another broadcast, with Team B.A.D. taking on Team Bella in a Six-Woman Tag Team match. After being shoved to the background as she prepares to challenge Bayley for the NXT Women's Championship at TakeOver: Respect, Sasha Banks returns to WWE television with the opportunity to make a statement ahead of her much-anticipated title opportunity.
Would she score a huge victory or suffer a setback?
Natives of Albany and the surrounding area found out at Tuesday night's event, and now, thanks to Marc Middleton at WrestlingInc.com, so can you.
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- Seth Rollins kicked off the show and demanded that Kane join him in the ring. Instead, Corporate Kane booked a main event pitting Rollins and The New Day against him and The Dudley Boyz. Rollins accepted, but only if Corporate Kane watched the match from ringside while Demon Kane competed. The Director of Operations agreed.
- Team B.A.D. defeated Team Bella when Sasha Banks forced Nikki Bella to tap out to the Bank Statement.
- Ryback defeated WWE intercontinental champion Kevin Owens by count-out when the challenger walked out.
- The Lucha Dragons and Neville defeated Cosmic Wasteland.
- The Wyatt Family arrived, and Bray cut a promo on Roman Reigns, who arrived through the crowd by himself. A match between the two inside Hell in a Cell was officially announced.
- Corporate Kane came to ringside for the main event. The Demon did not.
- The Dudley Boyz defeated The New Day and Rollins. Midway through the match, an errant dive from Rollins knocked out Kane and forced him into the locker room. The Demon later emerged, chokeslammed The Dudley Boyz and left Kofi Kingston lying following a Tombstone. Kane held up the WWE title to close the show.
Maybe it is the carryover from Raw and the focus on the WWE world title feud between Rollins and Kane, but this is the first episode of SmackDown in weeks in which it feels like something important actually happens.
By continuing to toy with and torment Rollins, Corporate Kane plants even the slightest hint of doubt in The Authority (and anyone else without a brain) that he may not actually be The Demon. It continues to throw off Rollins, potentially distracting him from focusing on what is of the utmost importance, which is the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The huge announcement of Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt inside Hell in a Cell was another element that elevated this episode of SmackDown past the throwaway broadcast it typically is.
Sasha Banks' win over Nikki Bella is interesting in that she has shrunk into the background, falling into irrelevance on the main roster in recent weeks. Of course, if there is a way to get back into the championship hunt, scoring a big win over the lead villain in the division is the best way to do so.
And finally, there is the continuation of the Kevin Owens-Ryback feud, which looks to be leading to another pay-per-view bout at Hell in a Cell. Owens walking out is a theme that has been established countless times in the past, so it fits his character to perfection.
SmackDown of late has been a show that has been skippable, but this week's broadcast is one that appears, at least on the outset, as relevant to the build to Hell in a Cell. For that reason alone, it is worth checking out.