WWE SmackDown returns to the SyFy channel this coming Friday night (March 1, 2013) from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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 PWTorch.com):
-- This is supposed to be the Social Media SmackDown but the spoilers have nothing to do with that.
-- An actual match opened the show and it was Alberto Del Rio defeating Damien Sandow with the cross armbreaker, meaning Sandow and his former partner and best friend Cody Rhodes have really just become jobbers since breaking up their tag team. That makes it even more baffling that the decision was made to split them up.
-- Antonio Cesaro def. The Miz to retain the U.S. title in a 2-out-of-3 falls match. This one sounds like a lot of fun. Neutralizer for the first pin, figure four for the second, and a roll up for the third.
-- Sin Cara def. Heath Slater. Yep.
-- Jim Ross interview with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Apparently, Swagger tries to knock Ross's hat off his head and misses on the first attempt. That will probably get edited out but it's funny either way. He was going to go ahead with a beatdown but Del Rio made the save.
-- Daniel Bryan and Kane def. Prime Time Players in a reverse set up from Raw. That means Bryan had one hand tied behind his back and Kane had the blindfold. The blindfold had a goat face on it, so Kane put it on Bryan after the match and blasted him.
-- Matt Striker interviewed the debuting Fandango, who refused to wrestle this week.
-- Randy Orton def. Big Show via disqualification thanks to interference from The Shield. This led to Sheamus and Orton getting after it with the group, so we could be looking at a 3-on-2 handicap match at WrestleMania. Like the sound of that?
That's it for SmackDown, Cagesiders. How does it sound to you?