WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (Jan. 25, 2013) from Sacramento, California, but the show was taped, as usual, on Tuesday night. That means full spoilers are readily available if you're the impatient type who doesn't want to wait a couple days for the payoff.
Unwrap that present early (via ProWrestling.net):
-- Team Hell No start the show to remind us that they haven't gone soft despite what happened on Monday Night Raw and they'll prove as much at the Rumble against The Rhodes Scholars. They did argue over who would win the actual Rumble match, so it seems these two are pulling double duty that night. Naturally, this led to Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes coming on down. Big Show soon followed and the heels were about to attack the babyfaces until Alberto Del Rio came out to even the score. You know what happens next. TAG TEAM MAIN EVENT, PLAYA. Booker T booked it as an elimination match.
-- Sheamus def. Wade Barrett in a rematch from Raw. This time Sheamus actually got the Brogue Kick and the ensuing pinfall instead of running out of time.
-- Natalya def. Rosa Mendes with the sharpshooter.
-- CM Punk came out for a promo and specifically called out The Shield. Once they came down, he told them to stay the hell out of his way and they left without attacking, though it was apparently tense. The Rock came down not long after, they did their thing, and Punk got laid out with a Rock Bottom. That would seem to indicate Punk keeping the title at the Rumble but this might be one of those instances where you don't look too far into it.
-- Randy Orton def. Drew McIntyre via disqualification after 3MB got involved. Of course "The Viper" laid waste to all of them.
-- The Miz def. Darren Young with Antonio Cesaro on commentary. Believe it or not, Miz actually managed to properly apply the Figure Four and submit Young with it.
-- Team Hell No and Alberto Del Rio def. The Rhodes Scholars and Big Show. Del Rio ended up overcoming some long odds at the end to win. Show was counted out, which left him able to attack Del Rio after his victory. The way he did so was to put the world heavyweight champion under a table. Yep, just the way "ADR" did to him to win the belt in the first place.
That's the show, Cagesiders. How do you like the sound of it?