WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (June 14, 2013) from Greensboro, North Carolina, with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring the go home show to the Payback pay-per-view (PPV) this coming Sunday night in Chicago, Illinois.
If you're the impatient type and wish to read full spoilers for the show you can find out exactly what goes down by clicking here.
Either way, come back here at 8 p.m. ET for the SmackDown live blog.
WWE SMACKDOWN RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR JUNE 14
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Daniel Bryan out for a promo and he's putting himself over before Kane shows up and they immediately start arguing the way they have been for some time now. Bryan calls Kane the weak link in the team and this leads to a near choke slam before Randy Orton shows up to save the day.
Orton says he needs Bryan fresh for this Sunday night for their tag team title match.
Bryan is pissed about the fact that Orton saved him, saying he doesn't need that kind of favor. Orton is saying he'll RKO Kane if he has to and they don't need to go down that path.
They continue arguing before The Shield show up on the titantron. Dean Ambrose gets the most time to talk, and he brings across the very basic point that his squad has been owning these fools for six months now and they aren't even mad at The Shield, they're mad at each other.
Roman Reigns ends it with his Vamp like voice and says the hounds of justice run this yard.
His use of that terminology suggests the future program with Undertaker.
Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro
Damien Sandow cut a promo before the match, a typical heel promo on the upcoming match at the PPV this Sunday night.
They're working a strong style with each other, both effective with powerful offense. These two could have some classic brawls together if given the chance.
Ultimately, Sheamus overcame a late surge from Cesaro to get the pinfall off the Brogue Kick.
Parents, stop lying to your children and telling them that monsters aren't real. Monsters are real.
The promo for CM Punk's return airs and it's a damn good one. Most of it centers around his problems with WWE and his want to cement his legacy as the best in the world.
He's back Sunday, y'all.
Teddy Long on the phone backstage and he's the one doing the spot to promote Hardees. Just as he's about to dig in, Dolph Ziggler, AJ Lee, and Big E. Langston show up.
Dolph talks about his big return and before the segment is over, Big E straight up smashes the burger Teddy was about to dig into. He does this right in front of him, telling him how good it is before giving it back half eaten.
Big E is wonderful.
Great Khali vs. Heath Slater
This is a real match we're getting on a go home show to a PPV. I have no idea why or if this is going anywhere, though Slater did beat Zack Ryder on Superstars this week.
Gotta keep the jobbers strong sometimes, I guess.
Yeah, Slater just won a ridiculously speedy match with assistance from his stablemates in 3MB. The piped in heat for it is obvious.
Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio vs. Dolph Ziggler and Big E. Langston
Of course we've got a tag team match like this at the top of the second hour on SmackDown. Of course.
This is Ziggler's first match back since the concussion, so we'll get a chance to see how he looks back in action. In fact, he'll start the match with Del Rio.
Actually, he won't. He tagged out to Langston before ever having to lock up. That's great psychology, actually.
Ziggler got in the ring briefly for a quick hitter with Jericho but was out fairly quick. Hard to get a look at what he can do but it looks clear so far that they're trying to protect him.
He did end up getting some solid work in before the end of the match, which saw Del Rio roll him up for the pin. One can only assume this means Dolph will retain at the PPV.
Time for an interview with Jericho backstage.
He's interrupted by Paul Heyman and Heyman is cutting a nice little promo before Jericho bumps the microphone into his mouth.
That was the point of that segment, I guess.
Kaitlyn vs. Aksana
The match starts and Kaitlyn just mauls Aksana. Aksana gets a brief bit of offense in before Kaitlyn just keeps going. The referee tries to get her off but she goes off on him too before Aksana gets in a parting shot and just straight up runs to the back.
Kaitlyn cries in the ring.
That would have been kind of powerful if the offense was believable.
Curtis Axel vs. Wade Barrett
Barrett grabs the microphone and starts yakking about Heyman being around.