WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (May 24, 2013) from Omaha, Nebraska, 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 ProWrestling.net):
-- MizTV again opens the show because WWE never seems to have an original idea anymore. Fandango was the guest and the segment played up issues between the two and Wade Barrett, who came out and set up a match with Miz for the Intercontinental championship.
-- Miz def. Barrett via disqualification thanks to Fandango, who again did his gimmick where he dances during a match.
-- Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter promo leads to a match against Daniel Bryan, who really isn't the weak link in the tag team with Kane, promise.
-- Bryan def. Swagger with the No Lock. Kane was with him. What a confidence boost.
-- Damien Sandow in-ring segment, which sounds off. Something about wearing a suit and tie, sitting at a table with a rope tied in a knot on it. Also, Matt Striker was doing an interview but Sheamus came out and threw Striker onto Sandow. This sounds ridiculous and hopefully it's not just Sheamus being a dickhead babyface again. But it probably is exactly that.
-- Chris Jericho def. Big Show by count out in what sounds like a nothing match.
-- Paul Heyman brings out Curtis Axel for a promo. As expected, they play up the fact that it was Axel who put Triple H out of commission, which likely means "The Game" will be returning after a few months to bury him at SummerSlam. Axel claims that his taking Triple H out means he's done more than both his father and grandfather.
-- Axel def. Sin Cara in a nothing match that was designed to get Axel a win and make him look good. No botches reported.
-- Kofi Kingston def. Dean Ambrose via disqualification. Ambrose, of course, keeps the U.S. title. The DQ came, of course, after interference from Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins. Randy Orton and Sheamus randomly ran in to make the save, showing some continuity in the storytelling, and maybe a little boredom from two of the top stars on the blue brand. It's not like they're doing anything else. Naturally, Teddy Long jumped at the chance to make a six-man tag match for the true main event of the show.
-- The Shield def. Kingston, Sheamus, & Orton with Ambrose pinning Kingston and The Shield once again stood tall with all of the titles.
That's the show, Cagesiders. Still believe?