WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (April 26, 2013) from London, England, 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):
-- Jack Swagger def. Alberto Del Rio in the opening match of the evening. It was even a clean victory, if you can believe that. Reportedly a solid match and the live crowd was into it.
-- Layla def. Aksana because Divas.
-- An interview with The Shield. It's revealed that the original idea of a tag team match for the main event was abandoned in favor of, get this, Undertaker vs. Dean Ambrose. I shit you not, that's what was revealed. Try to contain yourselves.
-- Fandango def. Justin Gabriel clean with the top rope leg drop. Having guys you're pushing beat jobbers clean on shows like SmackDown is a really underrated strategy for trying to help get someone over.
-- Big Show def. Sheamus with the WMD thanks to interference from Mark Henry, who is continuing his feud with Sheamus after having his deal with John Cena go up in smoke. Crowd turned on the match, apparently, so this could be fun just for that.
-- Wade Barrett def. William Regal in a squash match. I guess they did this to get Regal out there for the crowd for a pop and to do the job. Whatever.
-- Mark Henry def. Randy Orton via disqualification thanks to Sheamus showing up to get some payback for Henry's earlier interference in his match. I'm not sure what this leaves for Orton, but his career has turned into a running gag, hasn't it? He does get the last laugh here with an RKO to Henry to close it out.
-- Undertaker def. Dean Ambrose via submission. This has been described in many places as a damn good match with 'Taker once again working his ass off and Ambrose rising to the occasion. Naturally, the remaining Shield members, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, came out to save their fallen comrade. In doing so, the trio put Undertaker through an announce table with their patented triple powerbomb. I can't handle how awesome this sounds. The Shield celebrated in the ring with a "You tapped out" chant raining down on them to close the taping.
That's the show, Cagesiders. No way you're not tuning in on Friday night, right?