Del Rio! Swagger! Ricardo! Zeb! Holding Pattern! Swept Under The Rug! Two More Shows! World Heavyweight Championship!
Alberto Del Rio is the World Heavyweight Champion. Ricardo Rodriguez is his best friend. Jack Swagger is the #1 Contender. Zeb Colter is his...best friend, I guess. Del Rio and Ricardo are Mexican. Swagger and Zeb hates immigrants.
There was a point all of that seemed like a brilliant starting point to a feud. Now it has become stale and weak.
Two weeks ago on Monday Night Raw (March 18), Swagger broke Ricardo's ankle. Then last Monday (March 25), Swagger again attacked Ricardo. Usually these types of assaults are a way to advance a feud, bring heat onto the heel and make the face more sympathetic.
Here, though, it seems to have fallen on its face.
Del Rio and Swagger will be fighting for the World Heavyweight Championship. It's a title with a long and proud history. Although it has fallen on hard times recently, it still is considered the main title of SmackDown. The title holder usually receives the most screen time on Friday nights, and most of the roster wish to take that spot.
Now, the championship is hardly even seen.
WWE has given up on this angle. Maybe it doesn't believe Del Rio has gotten over as a face champion. Perhaps it doesn't think Swagger is drawing the heat it needs to. Or it could just wish to focus on other matters.
Whatever the case may be, this thing has stalled and crashed.
An idea is much like a girl. No matter how appealing it may seem on first glance, you'll soon grow bored if there is no substance under the surface.
The Shield! Sheamus! Orton! Show! Disharmony! Tensions! United We Stand! Maybe!
Last week (March 22), Sheamus and The Big Show finally agreed to stand together to take on The Shield. But it is an uneasy alliance. It looked like the pair had settled their differences as they used each other's signature moves against 3MB.
But when Sheamus tagged himself in to steal Show's pin, things looked to fall apart.
A shoving match broke out, with Randy Orton in the odd position as peace maker. The trio managed to stop as The Shield made their way down to the ring.
But it looks like it's only a matter of time before everything falls apart.
The assumption going into WrestleMania 29 is The Shield will emerge victorious due to either Sheamus, Orton, or Show turning their back and/or deliberately sabotaging the match. It becomes a simple matter of figuring out who the person will be. Sheamus is the least likely, with his place as a top tier face set in the Blarney Stone.
There is always a chance of a swerve, but the odds have to be wicked low the "Celtic Warrior" is the one to walk away from a fight.
The most obvious is The Big Show. He is, essentially, still a bad guy. He just happened to run into a cast of characters who are badder than he is. He is an angry, volatile giant who could blow at any moment.
But he has been adamant that he can be trusted, and it was he who pushed to join the fight against The Shield.
Then there is Randy Orton. It would be the perfect twist if the man playing peacemaker ended up being the one who turned. Orton has needed a reboot to his character for a long time now. Either joining The Shield, or simply refusing to help Sheamus and Show, could be a path down the right direction.
Or they could all be the bestest buddies and repel the invading force. You never can tell with WWE.
Tonight we'll see more of the same. Uneasiness from the "faces." Strict unity from The Shield. Questions of trust will linger as the bonds of an alliance are tested.
Only two more shows of this until we finally get a resolution. I eagerly check the days on my calendar.
Ryback! Henry! Weight! Lifting! Competition!
What is the best thing to do when you have two hosses who are on the verge of a collision, but they can't yet meet?
You have a
pissing weight lifting contest!
Much like the punching bag Sheamus and The Big Show used on the Oct. 12, 2012 episode of SmackDown, a weight lifting competition is the perfect way to show a wrestlers relative strength without getting into an actual fight. Fans can actually see that these guys are strong and it's not all smoke and mirrors.
Of course we have no clue if they will actually be using real weights, but lets keep the Precap kayfabe.
It should be noted that The Big Show's WMD beat Sheamus' Brogue Kick by almost 50%. He would go into Hell in a Cell (Oct. 28) and take the World Heavyweight Championship from the "Celtic Warrior's" waist. So this competition could be a real indicator of what will happen come WrestleMania.
Or it could make no difference whatsoever. Again, never can tell with WWE.
Hopefully, this has prepared you for the night's festivities. Leave a comment below about what you are looking forward to, and please join the entire CSS Friday night gang in the live blog TONIGHT!