Precap to the August 24, 2012 episode of SmackDown or, the one after SummerSlam

A passion so strong that Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho couldn't be on the same show anymore.

Sheamus! Del Rio! Sneaky Heels! Rematch Galore! World Heavyweight Championship!

Alberto Del Rio has a legitimate complaint after his defeat at SummerSlam this past Sun., Aug. 19, 2012, in Los Angeles. Sheamus smacked him over the head with a shoe (yes, it was Ricardo Rodriguez's shoe, but still) and Del Rio's foot was clearly on the bottom rope when he was pinned. While some people may pass this off as just trying to win, I would think the world heavyweight champion would have behaved in a more appropriate manner.

I guess "The Great White" isn't the role model we all make him out to be, huh?

So this could very well mean that Sheamus and Del Rio will be facing off again for the strap. Pardon me if I can't contain my excitement. I just don't know where else this feud can go. Unless they are going to attempt the mythical double turn, there is nothing else left to do. Even if "The Mexican Aristocrat" were able to win the title, he would look completely weak after losing to Sheamus over and over.

Who else could they match up, though? Chris Jericho just left, Daniel Bryan is tied up with AJ Lee and Kane, The Miz is defending the Intercontinental championship, Cody Rhodes has fallen off. Are there any heels left to take the main event mantel? Dolph Ziggler still holds the Money in the Bank briefcase, and there is always the threat that he will cash it in at anytime, but you can't really build a feud off that. So he has to continue waiting in the wings, always watching for the perfect opportunity.

That leaves Del Rio and Sheamus left to tangle again. "ADR" will try to appeal to SmackDown General Manager Booker T to get one more match, Booker will ask if anyone can dig it, and Sheamus will like to fight.

Different day, same SmackDown.

The rest of the show after the jump.

Layla! Kaitlyn! Faces Facing Off! Divas Championship!

On Monday's Raw (Aug. 20) Kaitlyn won the battle royal to become the number one contender for the Divas Championship. It is an odd choice, as the current Divas champion Layla is a good guy (good girl?) and actually gets a decent reaction from the fans. And she's not that bad in the ring! If they are going to give us a babyface Divas champion who likes to smile and pander to the crowd, I would much rather have Layla over the likes of Kelly Kelly.

I'm just not really sure what the WWE is planning to do here.

Personally I think Kaitlyn was great on the old NTX Redemption, and more TV time for her is a good thing. Are they planning on turning her heel, though? Has she even had enough airtime for fans to know if she's good or bad? I know that sometimes it's too simple to play up the good guy/bad guy angle all the time, but it's a basic storyline that works. As of right now, I don't know how this all plays out.

Who knows, though? Maybe the Divas can surprise us.

Everything Else! Bullet Points!

  • According to Cageside's own ukalele, A Swiss newspaper reported that Antonio Cesaro had won the WWE Championship. I guess the United States Championship still means something to some people.
  • So Ryback and Jinder Mahal, eh? Ryback has been running through jobbers since April, and he's only on Mahel's level now? At this pace, he'll be challenging for the WWE Championship sometime in 2015.
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