DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: The Celtic Warrior Sheamus during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Raw has come and gone -- and was actually pretty damn good if you take John Cena out of the equation -- so now we have Smackdown to look forward to.
What can you expect on Friday?
Well, Sheamus will be taking on Kane in the main event of the evening while Alberto Del Rio takes on the Great Khali. Shenanigans in both matches expected, of course.
AJ was making googly eyes at Kane on Raw and her character experienced yet another evolution. But we're still not sure exactly what that evolution entails but there's more to come on Smackdown.
All that plus a very interesting revelation regarding Brodus Clay.
Find out exactly what goes down, courtesy of PWTorch.com, after the jump.
-- Show opens with a segment that sees Alberto Del Rio call out Sheamus only for Ricardo Rodriguez to enter with a Sheamus costume on and cut a promo as the world heavyweight champion. That is until the man himself showed up to brawl up the ramp. Teddy Long shows up suddenly and reveals John Laurinaitis left the show in his hands this week. So he booked Sheamus vs. Kane for later in the show and Del Rio vs. Khali for the next segment.
-- Del Rio went over on Khali after working a psychological match. Cut the knees out from under the big man before locking in the Cross Armbreaker for the win.
-- In a backstage skit, Long tells Brodus Clay he is now a permanent member of Smackdown. This seems super odd to me and the timing is also weird, considering how he will have left Raw, though the fact that Smackdown wrestlers regularly appear on Raw might mean this is just talk. Clay went over on Derrick Bateman right after this in a usual squash match.
-- Sin Cara went over on Drew McIntyre. He apparently botched a big spot really bad, as he usually does, but it will likely get edited off the broadcast. In a segment that won't air on TV, McIntyre cut a post-match promo demanding to know why he isn't a main event player, to which Triple H came out, delivered a Pedigree and left.
-- Ryback squashed a couple more jobbers.
-- Christian and Cody Rhodes were involved in a segment that saw Rhodes destroy the Peep Show set before they verbally got after each other. Rhodes tried to throw dirt on Christian's recent babyface turn but Christian explained he had a revelation when inducting Edge into the Hall of Fame that he wants to be remembered for winning titles instead of whining about getting one more match. That's pitch perfect.
-- Christian then went over clean on Dolph Ziggler in a long TV match. Can't say I understand fully why Ziggler would be jobbing continuously after breaking away from his tag team. Doesn't make much sense to me.
-- Michael Cole grabbed a microphone and told everyone to move on past Jim Ross. That set up Ross's music hitting only to see Hornswoggle come out dressed like him. This led to Damien Sandow coming out to blast Hornswoggle before Tyson Kidd made the save. Ultimately, Sandow hit his big spots on a sneak attack before bailing.
-- Kane was interviewed backstage and it was revealed that AJ was stalking him.
-- Antonio Cesaro went over on Jimmy Uso in a squash match.
-- Sheamus defeated Kane via disqualification after a run in from Del Rio. He came in and sent Kane out to attack Sheamus but Kane came back to return the favor. Once he did, he saw AJ on the ramp making googly eyes at him again and ended up catching a beat down from Sheamus.
As you can see, advertisements for Triple H and Arn Anderson were for the local house, which was still hardly full and left with plenty of empty seats all around the arena. The lack of Daniel Bryan on the show is disappointing, to say the least.
Cagesiders, what do you think of how the show looks?