WWE SmackDown returns to SyFy this coming Friday night (Feb. 7, 2014) from Des Moines, Iowa, 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:
- Daniel Bryan promo opens the show. He does not want to be the new "Face of WWE", apparently, he just wants to know what happened to his old friend, Kane. He implored Kane to find his mask and get back to being a monster but that only led to his getting booked in a match against Antonio Cesaro.
- Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns def. Dolph Ziggler & Kofi Kingston in a match that was all about the continuing dissension between the two Shield members. Reigns was setting up for his Superman punch when Ambrose tried to tag himself in. This time, however, Reigns caught him and moved out of the way. He speared Ziggler, then tagged Dean in by a hard slap to the chest while smiling. Ambrose got in and pinned Ziggler for the win, leading to another argument between the two officiated by Seth Rollins. It was only interrupted by a Bray Wyatt promo on the Titantron.
- Sheamus def. Ryback in your basic match, so maybe this won't be a feud like what appeared to be coming from Monday Night Raw.
- Bryan def. Cesaro in an outstanding match with the Yes! Lock. After, Kane came out and laid Bryan down with a choke slam.
- AJ Lee def. Brie Bella via submission in your standard Divas match.
- Titus O'Neil cuts a heel promo wearing a suit backstage before getting attacked by Darren Young.
- Bray Wyatt def. Goldust in a weird match between the two weirdest characters on the roster. The Shield did a Titantron promo after.
- Randy Orton def. Christian in a non-title match that looked an awful lot like what they were doing with each other in the summer of 2011.
That's the show, Cagesiders. Your thoughts?