WWE Friday Night SmackDown comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (July 12, 2013) from Hampton, Virginia, with a taped show on the SyFy channel featuring the go home edition to the Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) this coming Sunday night in Philadelphia.
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 JULY 12
Broadcast is live.
We'll start with Daniel Bryan and he's insanely over. We're told Sheamus vs. Randy Orton is the main event of tonight's show, which should make everyone jump for joy.
Hey, maybe this will kick off that feud they were always just about to have but never did, culminating in that long rumored match at SummerSlam.
Anyway, Bryan's here for a match.
Daniel Bryan vs. Christian
Really good back-and-forth match with plenty of near falls. Bryan was playing the role of aggressor for the most part, spending most of the bout in control. His aggression nearly cost him when he ran right into a spear but he ultimately countered a cross body from the second rope into the No Lock, which could be the Yes Lock again. That's enough to get the tap and the victory.
"Is there anybody in WWE right now who is hotter than Daniel Bryan," says Michael Cole, the guy who spent years running Bryan into the ground.
Teddy Long is backstage talking to someone saying Money in the Bank is going to be "off the hook." He stops when Dolph Ziggler shows up.
Long tells Ziggler he's got the night off, even though Dolph doesn't want it. Teddy tells him Alberto Del Rio has a match against Sin Cara later and because Vickie Guerrero was fired on Monday Night Raw this past week, he wants to make sure no one interferes in any of his matches tonight.
So Ziggler needs to leave.
Dolph does but not before saying he'll be world heavyweight champion once again come this weekend in Philadelphia.
Seth Rollins vs. Jey Uso
Roman Reigns is in Rollins' corner and Jimmy Uso is in Jey's. Midway through the match, they did an interesting spot. Rollins would chop Uso on the chest and in response, Jey would no sell it before shouting "Us," allowing the crowd to follow up with "O."
It's actually a solid match, with Reigns and Jimmy briefly getting involved. Ultimately, Rollins hit his finisher to get the pinfall victory. Take from that what you will regarding who wins this weekend.
After the match, The Shield get up on the announce table and join their fists, they of justice, while holding up their belts.
Chris Jericho vs. Curtis Axel
They're playing up the issues between the two from Raw, where Jericho beat Axel after some interference from The Miz, who was on commentary at the time.
Jericho is getting the chance to put Axel over here and he's making him look pretty good. Ultimately, though, Axel loses by count out and he's going absolutely insane, throwing chairs at the ring and destroying the announce desk. The crowd is booing the shit out of this.
Finally, he's getting some real heat.
The Miz vs. Ryback
Unlike recent weeks, Ryback is being booked to look strong here. Miz, of course, makes a comeback and attacks "Big Hungry's" knee, the injured one that had Ryback quit his match against Miz on Raw.
Once again, Ryback is selling that he hurt his knee really bad. He tells Lil' Naitch he felt something pop. The referee asks what he wants him to do -- how does that make sense? -- and Ryback tells him to move along with the match.
"Don't stop it."
Suddenly, we get the meathook clothesline and then the Shell Shock, though the knee starts to give out slightly during it. Good sell job from Ryback here.
Sheamus does a backstage interview with Renee Young and he talks about Randy Orton and Money in the Bank and blah, blah, blah. The bigger takeaway from the interview was the fact that Sheamus ended it by leaving before coming back and telling Young, "I think you're cute."
She received it well by saying thanks.
Now we're going to make history. That's because this marks the first time in the history of WWE that the Diva's have held an in-ring contract signing.
Coming back from break, all the women who work for the company as talent are in the ring standing while AJ Lee and Kaitlyn are sitting down.
Oh, and Big E. Langston is standing off to the side wearing another awesome shirt.
AJ gets the mic and comes right out and says no one cared about the Diva's division before she became champion. She keeps going but Teddy cuts her off and says they don't have time and she needs to sign.
That gets a nice pop.
The contract is signed without incident, at least before the pen is put to paper. AJ calls Kaitlyn "Katy" and then reveals some text messages that Kaitlyn sent to her secret admirer when she thought there actually was a secret admirer.
The messages include Kaitlyn throwing shade at the rest of the Diva's division. After reading a couple, Kaitlyn reaches across and grabs the phone, throwing it to the mat.
"HULK SMASH," AJ replies.
That got a pop.
The segment takes a nosedive from there. AJ said a few more things before Kaitlyn says she'll be champion again. Lee will rock back and forth in a fetal position drooling like the crazy person she is. Lee smacks here for this and that leads to Kaitlyn pushing the table into AJ in the corner, trapping her.
They brawled for a bit before Big E removes Kaitlyn from the equation. She slaps him for it, and he looks moderately happy about that. Then, AJ gets speared, sells it like a god, and that's the segment.
Wade Barrett vs. Fandango
Zeb Colter is on commentary for this match while Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger stand next to him. That's four of the seven world title Money in the Bank ladder match participants this Sunday.
During the course of the match, Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes make their way out. Meanwhile in the ring, Fandango picks up a surprise roll up victory.
Michael Cole and JBL announce that Kane won't be competing at the Money in the Bank event thanks to the heinous attack perpetrated by the Wyatt family on Monday Night Raw earlier this week.
This leads to a replay of that very attack. Really cool video package.
Alberto Del Rio vs. Sin Cara
Michael Cole reminds us Ricardo Rodriguez is out due to injury, even though he's not really out due to injury.
Sin Cara comes out and he looks a bit different. He immediately attacks Del Rio after his entrance and shortly into the match, which never officially started, Sin Cara hits the Zig Zag. You can also see blonde hair sticking out of his mask.
He also gyrates like Dolph Ziggler would. Hmmm, interesting, I guess Sin Cara is a big Ziggler fan and is just trying to be like him now.
Immediately after the match, we hear some shrieking and Vickie Guerrero is suddenly in the building at ringside with a microphone shouting about Long having made her buy a ticket.
So Long comes out and says she was fired already and she needs to leave. He calls security and she claims he can't do that because she bought a ticket, even though she just ripped said ticket up.
Security comes down and escorts her out anyway, to raucous cheers from the audience.
Pre-tape airs of Long catching up to Sin Cara and asking why he did what he did after Teddy gave him the night off. He called him Dolph during this.
When he caught up, Sin Cara didn't say anything but clearly didn't understand what the hell was going on. Then, suddenly, Ziggler appeared and put his arm around Long, saying he let himself into the locker room real quick but he wanted to come back and say thanks for the night off.
"Oh and great job out there, Sin Cara."
Well, of course Ziggler would appreciate Sin Cara imitating him like that. They may even be friends now.
Main event time.
Randy Orton vs. Sheamus
They're being given the last 20 minutes of the show, so we'll see what kind of match they can put together. I don't remember, but I don't think they've worked together in a singles match since the infamous Raw post-WrestleMania 29 earlier this year in New Jersey.
We all know how that went.
The match itself is actually very good. Orton gets the crowd hyped, there's no doubting that. Sheamus is over enough for it to be equally as impressive.
They do a spot on the outside where they're both about to get counted out when Daniel Bryan runs down and grabs a ladder from under the ring. He takes them both out with it and sets it up in the ring, no different than on Raw.
Only this time he's caught on the way up, as Sheamus gets back up and drags him down. He climbs up but Christian comes rushing out and he takes Sheamus out of the picture. Now it's his turn to climb up there but Sheamus is back to grab him up.
One punch and Sheamus is back up the ladder. Christian goes the other way. Sheamus gets knocked off before Bryan is back in and pushing the ladder over, knocking Christian into the ropes. Bryan starts up but before doing so, Orton grabs him and hits the RKO.
He stops before climbing the ladder, the crowd cheers him to do it, so he looks around and does just that.
The crowd enjoyed that a lot.
See you Sunday night!