WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (Sept. 17, 2013) from Cincinnati, Ohio, 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:
- It was revealed earlier in the evening during the Main Event tapings that the Battleground event would feature a Daniel Bryan vs. Randy Orton rematch for the WWE championship. The opening segment featured Vickie Guerrero and Bryan battling it out over that and the controversy with referee Scott Armstrong. Ultimately, a gauntlet match with the babyfaces who assisted Bryan on Raw was booked against The Shield for later in the evening.
- AJ Lee def. Naomi with the Black Widow in a nothing match.
- Santino Marella def. Jack Swagger, so either they're building Santino for some sort of high end mid-card run or Swagger is just Swagger. Yeah, Swagger.
- Paul Heyman promo with Ryback, who hates bullies. That includes some guy they called "Nick from Cincinnati", and he was squashed. So they're back to doing that.
- Randy Orton gets extended promo time to explain, well, the past two years of his character, the lame babyface who was always just a wee bit too squeaky clean to fit his actual image. And that's what he copped to, saying he thought the company wanted him to be more like John Cena, so he pushed "The Viper" deep down inside and didn't let it out. Well, now that he knows that's exactly what Triple H and Stephanie McMahon are looking for, he's out for blood. See: The Miz for an example of what he's done and will do again.
- The Shield def. Darren Young, Titus O'Neil, Dolph Ziggler, and were on their way to beating Rob Van Dam in the gauntlet match when Triple H came down to put a stop to it, taking Vickie Guerrero to task for putting it together. She kissed ass, saying she felt it was best for business. Triple H put together Bryan and The Usos vs. The Shield for later because only he knows what's really best for business.
- In an awesome bit of booking, The Godfather -- as I'm going to take to calling Triple H at times -- hit up Zack Ryder and Justin Gabriel with some encouraging words, namely that they're talented and he would find them some competition. That ended up being nothing more than feeding them to the Wyatt Family.
- Alberto Del Rio def. R-Truth with the Cross Armbreaker. By the way, Van Dam is still the number one contender and it looks like they're going to do that match again.
- Bryan and The Usos def. The Shield in the main event with Bryan pinning Ambrose after the flying knee. Orton tried another sneak attack but once again he was fought off as the babyfaces stood tall to end the show. I guess they were listening to us after all, huh?
That's the show, Cagesiders. Your thoughts?