WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (Feb. 28, 2014) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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:
- Batista opened the show with a heel promo dumping on the fact that WWE has changed and is missing all its attitude. Because he's an "Attitude Era" guy, remember? He didn't come back for the fans to like him, he just loves the business and he loves WWE and we're all just going to have to deal with that. Not only that, but we'll have to deal with him destroying all our heroes because none of them can measure up. All the people they chant for aren't as tough as he is and he's going to win the title. Amazingly enough, DOLPH ZIGGLER was the guy who came out to confront Batista. He even drop kicked Big Dave out of the ring! This set up a match later.
- Real Americans def. Big E and Mark Henry. Hey, they remembered the latter team was a team for a while! The finish saw Swagger ready to finish Henry with the Patriot Act but Cesaro tag himself in and hit the Neutralizer to get the pin for himself. More dissension!
- Sheamus def. Alberto Del Rio via disqualification thanks to interference from Christian, who came out and did commentary while the match was going on. Sheamus had the match won but Christian came in and finishers were handed out.
- The Shield do a promo with bickering between them where they ultimately say they need to regroup as a team because they lost like twice in two years before losing twice in two weeks.
- Batista def. Ziggler in their match, which was nothing special. The idea, I'm guessing, was to have Dolph bump around for him like crazy to get him over that way. Apparently Big Dave got two full blown entrances for this show with fireworks both times.
- The Wyatt Family cut a promo with Bray promising the destruction of John Cena. The Shield interrupted, looking for another fight. Triple H stopped this from happening here, instead booking it for Monday Night Raw next week in Chicago. Brock Lesnar was also announced for that show to respond to Undertaker, so it's loaded up already.
- AJ Lee def. Cameron in a nothing match.
- Daniel Bryan & The Usos def. Kane & New Age Outlaws in the main event. Bryan pinned Bad Ass Billy Gunn with the flying knee after a solid match. Easy booking to move things along here leading to what's to come.
Interestingly, no Randy Orton on this show.
That's the show, Cagesiders. Your thoughts?