WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (July 12, 2013) from Hampton, Virginia, 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 PWInsider.com):
- No different than Monday Night Raw this past week, this show was built around Money in the Bank ladder match competitors working matches against each other.
- It started with Daniel Bryan def. Christian in what was described as a hot match.
- Backstage pre-tape with Teddy Long telling Dolph Ziggler he's got the night off.
- Seth Rollins def. Jey Uso in a stock match. Take what you will from this booking.
- Chris Jericho def. Curtis Axel via count out. I'm not sure what the point is of having these two working together while Jericho is supposed to be feuding with Ryback and Axel is supposed to be feuding with Miz.
- Ryback def. Miz. Oh, well, here you go. They're just reversing the two sides for no apparent reason, something they already did before. At this point, it should be Jericho vs. Axel for the Intercontinental title and Ryback vs. Miz at the PPV. Anyway, apparently Ryback fakes an injury to get the win. He's sounding more and more intriguing lately.
- AJ Lee and Kaitlyn have a contract signing for their Diva's championship match. Predictably enough, it ends in chaos. Described as an "awful" segment.
- Fandango def. Jack Swagger with a roll up. Wade Barrett, Antonio Cesaro, and the Rhodes Scholars all made their way out during the proceedings. So, essentially, the entire world heavyweight championship Money in the Bank ladder match crew sans Dean Ambrose. What happened to him, anyway?
- Alberto Del Rio vs. Sin Cara never got off the ground because Sin Cara mauled Del Rio, hit a Zig Zag and left. So, yeah, Sin Cara is Dolph Ziggler.
- Apparently, Vickie Guerrero shows up, screams, and Teddy Long comes out to kick her out again. Not sure what the point of this could possibly be.
- Sheamus vs. Randy Orton descended into chaos when Christian and Daniel Bryan came rolling right out to break out a ladder in an attempt to climb up to get the briefcase that was hanging out above the ring. Why do they do that, anyway? I guess so guys can climb up to retrieve it, making a statement heading into the match where it will actually matter when they do it. Anyway, Orton is the guy who gets the best of the rest this time.
That's the show, Cagesiders. How does it look to you?