Previewing the Dec. 7, 2012 episode of WWE SmackDown, featuring the ongoing feud between John Cena and Dolph Ziggler, and continuing the hype for The Big Show and Sheamus's championship rematch at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs.
Show! Sheamus! Ziggler! Cena! Champion! Contenders! Chaos! World Heavyweight Championship!
Here is an open question for you, my dear Cagesiders. Is it a good thing or bad thing that the Money in the Bank matchup is more interesting than the World Heavyweight Championship?
Because I'm not too sure where I stand on this issue.
The Big Show and Sheamus continue to do their cute little song and dance around each other. There's little doubt their match at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs will be a thing of beauty, at least in terms of a "big man" match. Their encounters at Hell in a Cell and Survivor Series proved that they work extremely well together. With the use of chairs being added into the equation, there is definitely room for the pair to put on a good show. This should be one of the better matches on the card.
I just don't know how many people care about what the two are doing on television.
Monday Night Raw (Dec. 3) gave us a fun spot when John Cena and Sheamus perform their finishers on Dolph Ziggler and Show, respectively. Other than that it has been more of the same. Show will be his heely self on the mic, Sheamus will yell and scream, and the two will get involved in each other's matches. A simple fight can work in the right situation.
But this is the third straight Pay-Per-View (PPV) these two are going at it. Maybe I'm just too ADD to care, but I would assume that is the case with the rest of WWE's audience.
The feud centering around the Money in the Bank briefcase, however, is where the real fun is at.
Vince McMahon force-fed Vickie Guerrero a ladder match stipulation for Cena vs. Ziggler. Hanging from the rafters will be Ziggler's bright blue Money in the Bank briefcase. Technically speaking, Ziggler could cash in before TLC goes down on Dec. 16. That would turn the ladder match into a championship ladder match, and Show and Sheamus would most likely be fighting over the #1 Contendership. I sincerely doubt WWE would have a major title change on a taped SmackDown.
Which means that if a title change doesn't happen next Monday (Dec. 10) on Raw, it's not going to happen before TLC.
I know in last week's Precap I openly wondered about a Title Unification match at WrestleMania. I never actually thought it would happen. Now, though, it is a very real possibility. We can see Cena take the briefcase and avenge his loss at Raw 1000, where he became the first man with a failed cash in attempt. It's a thought many fans cringe at, but cannot deny it may happen.
On the other hand, we can finally see Ziggler get a huge win on a big stage.
While there are mixed feelings about the "Showoff," it looks like WWE will be giving him a serious run in the near future. What better way of vaulting him into the main event than a win over the face of the company? Yes, it certainly wont be a clean victory.
At this point, though, Ziggler could use any bit of help he can get.
So we have The Big Show and Sheamus battling over the World Heavyweight Championship, with John Cena and Dolph Ziggler waiting in the wings. Just writing that sentence seems very odd. I'm not quite sure what is going to happen as we move down the road.
SmackDown has a chance to get very, very exciting in the near future. I'm interested to see if WWE sticks with the status quo, or finally decides to shake things up on "The Blue Brand."
Everything Else! Bullet Points!
- Remember when Daniel Bryan and Kane were at each other's throats, and it was obvious they would drop the Tag Team Championship to an up and coming team? Now they seem to be best of friends as they try to stand tall against The Shield. Anyone wondering if Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns will have a championship run in their future?
- If that is the case, Dean Ambrose will be chasing one of the main event titles. You can't have a good heel stable unless they start picking up gold.
- Great Khali and Hornswoggle are apparently going to be a thing moving forward. This is good if you like bad television. This is bad if you like good television. The choice is up to you.
Hopefully, this has prepared you for the night's festivities. Leave a comment below about what you are looking forward to, and please join Nolan, myself, and the entire CSS Friday night gang in the live blog right here.