WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (Jan. 11, 2013) from Miami, Florida, 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 Wrestling Observer):
-- This is genius, actually, but they aired a pre-tape from CM Punk with Paul Heyman featuring the two of them at SunLife Stadium with Punk wearing Rock's old University of Miami jersey. He ripped the school and The Rock, of course, specifically making mention of the fact that it's been an entire decade since he was last on SmackDown.
-- Well, he was there and holy shit was he over. The chants were loud and sustained, from all the usual stuff and now cookie puss. He pandered to the home crowd, bringing up Flo-Rida and his old college teammates. Punk was not in the building, however, so that meant no interaction between the two. However, it did mean other wrestlers would get the chance to climb in the ring with Rock and for this week, that was The Rhodes Scholars. Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow interrupted and did their usual shtick before getting hit with a People's Elbow and Rock Bottom, respectively.
-- Booker T wanted to make sure everyone knew this show would be even bigger and better than Raw, as he announced a few match-ups for the card like Antonio Cesaro vs. Randy Orton and Big Show vs. Alberto Del Rio in a Last Man Standing match. This lead to Show coming out and complaining that Del Rio was only getting a shot thanks to Miami's big Latino population. A typical heel promo from Show that ended with an attack from Del Rio.
-- Randy Orton def. Antonio Cesaro via disqualification thanks to a run-in from The Shield, who left "The Viper" laying. So this is continuing on, at least for now. Starting to wonder where it's going at all, actually.
-- Dolph Ziggler and AJ Lee def. Great Khali and Natalya. AJ got the pin and Dolph and Big E Langston decided to beat the shit out of Khali and Hornswoggle after the match. Get that heat, fellas.
-- Sheamus def. 3MBiebers.
-- Team Hell No def. Primetime Players, which means after hearing that Titus O'Neil as high up on Vince McMahon's list of guys, he's now jobbed in two consecutive months worth of matches. Okay, maybe not that much, but he's been losing a lot of his luster.
-- Finally, Alberto Del Rio def. Big Show to win the world heavyweight championship in what sounds like a crazy insane match that came across awesome live. TV should only make it better and the booking paves the way for a lot of different things to happen. It's an interesting decision but one that reinvigorates the blue brand, at least for now.
That's the show, Cagesiders. What do you think about it?