This past Monday's (Sept. 17, 2012) episode of WWE Raw featured all the fallout from the Night of Champions pay-per-view (PPV) that went down this past Sunday night in Boston, Massachusetts.
We quickly got a better idea of where things are headed in the near future as we gear up for yet another PPV event, the next one being Hell in a Cell, which is just over one month away.
That's plenty of time to build angles and on the Smackdown side of things, that starts tonight ... with the return of a WWE Hall of Famer!
I won't spoil who it is until after the jump. There's plenty of other stuff that goes down too.
Find out exactly what you'll see this Friday, courtesy of PW Torch, after the jump.
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-- Edge makes a surprise appearance, which is funny because all indications were that his contract was up and he didn't want to come back for stuff like this. Nevertheless, he shows up to plug his SyFy show, Haven, and run an angle with Daniel Bryan and Kane. It's full of what sounds like great comedy instead of your typical dumb WWE funny.
-- It leads to a match between Damien Sandow and Kane, which Sandow wins after Bryan distracts Kane. This led to Kane getting pissed and threatening to rip "that goat-faced beard off" Bryan's face. They argued in the back and Dr. Shelby said he would make sure Bryan had to have a match tonight too.
-- A match was made with Sheamus and Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio and Dolph Ziggler. Del Rio complained more about how unfair it was that the Brogue Kick was reinstated, which he's right about, by the way. All he gets for complaining to Smackdown General Manager Booker T is the promise that if he wins in his tag match, he'll get another title shot.
-- Layla def. Natalya with Eve Torres on commentary.
-- The main event match was taped next, which confused the shit out of the live audience and apparently had people leaving when it was done because they thought the show was over. Sheamus and Orton won after a great match. Ziggler did not cash-in and that reportedly angered a few folks at the arena. It could be that this isn't actually the main event.
-- Cody Rhodes def. Daniel Bryan thanks to interference from Kane. This is going to go on like this for however long and it's going to be good the whole way. They once again argued backstage and were confronted by Sandow and Rhodes, who remarked that their team is a joke. That set up a match between the two teams for later on.
-- Brodus Clay def. Heath Slater via disqualification after Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre showed up and hit their finishers on Clay, with McIntrye doing his twice thanks to a botch.
-- Santino Marella def. Antonio Cesaro in a non-title match thanks to Aksana accidentally distracting Cesaro. He broke up with her in five languages right after, which would be awesome except they didn't build these two enough for this. Love the idea, though.
-- The Usos, Prime Time Players, and Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd were around the ring for the tag team match, like lumberjacks. Daniel Bryan and Kane def. Rhodes and Sandow after a disqualification when Rhodes used a chair. Bryan and Kane ended up taking control with chairs and destroyed every tag team that was out there. They bickered afterwards, however, and continued arguing as they closed the taping.
It sounds possible that the confusion over the main event was because Sheamus and Orton vs. Del Rio and Ziggler is the top of the first hour main event and Bryan and Kane got the actual main event slot. That makes sense to me, considering how much more over Bryan and Kane are in comparison to the world heavyweight title picture, which is on uneven ground with Del Rio not getting over as a top heel, Ziggler still holding the Money in the Bank briefcase and Orton still a babyface and off to do a movie soon.
Thoughts on the show, Cagesiders?