Previewing the Nov. 30, 2012 episode of WWE SmackDown, featuring the ongoing feud between John Cena and Dolph Ziggler, and continuing the hype for The Big Show and Sheamus's rematch at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs.
Show! Sheamus! Ziggler! Cena! Raw! SmackDown! Main Event!
Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler will be facing off in the main event tonight in what should be a good match. Ziggler is still clutching the Money in the Bank briefcase, which gives him the chance to challenge for the World Heavyweight Championship at any moment. That championship is currently sitting on the shoulder of The Big Show. It is the same championship that Show had won from Sheamus at Hell in a Cell. The three are intrinsically linked in SmackDown's main event. They have been bouncing off of each other, and so far it has been working.
So why the hell is John Cena here?
I know the obvious reason why Cena is appearing on the "Blue Brand." Vickie Guerrero accused Cena of sleeping with AJ Lee, they both denied it, then the pair decided to hook up, Ziggler used every opportunity he had to jump Cena, and Cena has returned the favor.
We have all seen the video recaps.
The questions I'm asking are, why Cena, why Ziggler, and why now? If the powers that be really wanted Cena and AJ to be involved, why put Ziggler out there as the sacrificial lamb? Or if Vickie, Ziggler, and AJ were all meant to be in a feud, why not put Randy Orton as the guy making the moves? And if it was set in stone that Cena and Ziggler would be going at each other, why do it just when it looks like Ziggler will become the new World Heavyweight Champion?
Unless, of course, we are a long ways off from a cash in.
Yes, the brand split is dead and has been for a little while now. That doesn't give WWE an excuse to just throw people together for the hell of it. There should be some type of rhyme and reason for everything.
It would be one thing if Cena was going to chase the World Heavyweight Championship at some point during this feud. Then his inclusion would make a lot of sense. He is upset at Ziggler. Ziggler cashes in. Cena wants to take the belt from him to make him pay. Throw in a Triple Threat or Fatal Fourway with Show and Sheamus to mix things up. Hell, Elimination Chamber is coming up. Let's toss them all in there with a jobber or two. I, for one, would be pretty excited for that match.
But we all know that Cena will never lower himself for "The Big Gold Belt."
So we will continue in this strange holding pattern with Show vs. Sheamus and Cena vs. Ziggler. We may get a tag team match one of these weeks, but outside of that there probably won't be much interaction between the angles. It's kind of a shame, really. How great would it be to see Cena add legitimacy to Ziggler and the World Heavyweight Championship? Can you imagine CM Punk's promo saying Cena ran to SmackDown because he was scared? I've never been a fan of a title unification, but there are plenty of fans who would be excited about it.
Picture it now: Punk, the WWE Champion. Cena, the World Heavyweight Champion. WrestleMania 29. Title Unification Match.
It would be a glorious thing.
Alas, we will see Cena go over Ziggler eventually. Show and Sheamus will continue trading finishers because there is nothing else to do. And SmackDown will forever remain lost in the vast sea of WWE content.
Hopefully this has prepared you for the night's festivities. Leave a comment below about what you are looking forward to, and please join Nolan, myself, and the entire CSS Friday night gang in the live blog right here.