WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (Nov. 1, 2013) from Tampa, 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:
- John Cena, of course, is the show open cutting his usual promo until he's interrupted by the Real Americans. Yes, Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter, the latter of which invited Cena to join the crew. Invitation declined. Damien Sandow hit the scene to vow to end Cena's reign in WWE, leading to a tease of a beat down with the heels having a 3-on-1 advantage. That's until the Rhodes brothers show up to even the score, leading Vickie Guerrero doing the obvious and setting up a six-man tag for the main event.
- The Usos def. The Shield except it was Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins instead of the usual duo of Rollins and Roman Reigns. He was out there, though, and Big E. Langston came down as well. Reigns wanted to go at it with everyone but was held back by his stablemates.
- Dolph Ziggler got his turn to do a segment promoting merchandise from WWEShop.com. Notable from the segment was his selling of the world heavyweight championship replica belt: "I remember when I used to be in the title picture."
- Wyatt Family def. Prime Time Players in the usual fashion before Bray Wyatt hit the ring to hit Sister Abigail the way he usually does. The commentary will explain things, I'm sure, but this was done like they didn't just take out Daniel Bryan and CM Punk on Raw.
- Miz TV with Shawn Michaels was teased but not delivered on. Instead, Randy Orton got to be the guy to destroy The Miz this week. He came out, put Miz down, then gave him the RKO before leaving. Miz is getting killed by everyone lately and it's glorious.
- Natalya & Bella Twins def. AJ, Tamina, & Alicia Fox. Notable for Natalya submitting AJ with the sharpshooter to a big pop. They went away from the originally planned Natalya-AJ program not long ago in favor of AJ-Brie. We'll see if they're circling back here.
- Cena and the Rhodes brothers def. Sandow and the Real Americans in the main event in a good match. If you're wondering, Cody is the one who took the Giant Swing for about 12-15 rotations.
- For what it's worth, Bryan worked the dark match against Randy Orton, never appearing on the taping for Friday's show. Big Show, Alberto Del Rio, and Triple H all didn't make appearances.
That's the show, Cagesiders. Your thoughts?