WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (June 28, 2013) from Columbia, South Carolina, 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):
- Sheamus def. Damien Sandow in a Dublin Street Fight in what was described as a good match. As expected, Sheamus was dominant but Sandow got his licks in.
- Backstage segment featuring Daniel Bryan playing nice with a suspicious Kane. Also used to announce Kane's match with Randy Orton.
- MizTV featuring Paul Heyman. Miz claimed he would be able to get the hard answers out of Heyman that Renee Young couldn't get because Heyman couldn't bully him. This, of course, led to Curtis Axel making his presence felt and the tease of a square off between the two. It didn't happen, with Axel instead planting Miz with the running neckbreaker and bailing out.
- Natalya def. AJ Lee thanks to a distraction from Kaitlyn. Essentially, they did the Raw segment from this week in reverse. Kaitlyn did her best AJ impression and apparently it went over well. She cost AJ her match and hit her with a spear before the night was over.
- Teddy Long announces the world heavyweight championship Money in the Bank ladder match participants with Vince McMahon right there. Dean Ambrose, Antonio Cesaro, Wade Barrett, Jack Swagger, Fandango, Damien Sandow, and Cody Rhodes are the lucky seven.
- Randy Orton def. Kane after Daniel Bryan, who was on commentary for the match, "assisted" Kane by rolling him back into the ring to beat a 10 count only to have Orton hit the RKO to get the pin. More tease of a Team Hell No break up, though it appears it's still not officially official.
- Ryback def. Justin Gabriel in a squash match. Chris Jericho hit the ring after to call out Ryback -- whom he was calling "Cryback" -- for selling a leg injury. They battled but weren't too terribly physical before "Big Hungry" escaped to the back.
- The Usos & Christian def. The Shield with Ambrose eating the pin from Christian after eating a spear. Odd decision, though this could mean we're looking at a program between Ambrose and Christian while Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns feud with The Usos. Still, this doesn't seem to feel very special and The Shield's win/loss record suddenly doesn't appear to be all that important anymore.
- The Fiesta Del Rio sounds like a segment that is going to bomb on television. Apparently, there's a Mexican buffet and all sorts of stereotypical Mexican cultural leanings until Ziggler shows up to crash the party. He initially takes over, gets jumped from behind, but ultimately ends the show celebrating in the ring with Del Rio's belt.
That's the show, Cagesiders. Thoughts?