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Precap to the Dec. 14, 2012 episode of WWE 'SmackDown', or the one before 'TLC'

Previewing the Dec. 14, 2012 episode of WWE SmackDown, the go-home show to the TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Pay-Per-View (PPV), featuring the final confrontation between The Big Show and Sheamus's championship rematch, and the continuing reign of terror by The Shield.

Show! Sheamus! Cena! Ziggler! Booker! No Contact! Money in the Bank! World Heavyweight Championship!

Last Friday, (Dec. 7) Booker T sat down The Big Show and Sheamus for the pair to sign a "no-contact" contract. The contract stated that if either man touched the other, before their match at TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, they automatically forfeit either the title, or the title shot.

It is understandable if you had forgotten, as WWE hasn't really hyped the stipulation all that much.

So Show and Sheamus will seek to find clever ways to try and circumvent the restriction. "The World's Largest Athlete" will try to get "The Great White" to touch him so as to void Sunday's match. Sheamus, in turn, will use his Irish wit to get around the no-contact rule. It will truly be a battle of the minds between these men. Which is exactly the type of battle the fans want to see these two giants engage in.

It's a nice attempt by WWE to get people to actually care about this feud. Will it actually work? No, probably not.

With TLC just days away, I think most fans are ready for this angle to finally wrap up. Not only are most viewers getting tired of it, WWE itself barely cares about it. Show and Sheamus get their token appearances on Monday Night Raw to hype the match, and of course they have most of SmackDown. Given the choice though, what match are you more interested in? The Big Show vs. Sheamus Part III, or the John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler Ladder Match for the Money in the Bank contract?

I think the choice is pretty obvious.

There are just so many more options with Cena vs. Ziggler. Can Ziggler go over clean? If not, who is running in to cause interference? Will it be The Shield? Maybe CM Punk? Perhaps The Rock makes a surprise appearance? Or if Cena wins -- like he tends to do -- what are the long term plans going to be? Will he fail to successfully cash in? What if he wins the World Heavyweight Championship? Will there be a Title Unification Match? Who will it be against? Punk? Rock? Both of them?

Those are enough questions to make a smarks head spin.

Things are a lot simpler with Show vs. Sheamus. If Show wins, he gets jobbed out to a baby face pretty quickly. If Sheamus wins, we get another lovely Irish title reign. Best case, they both go off in different directions. Worst case, we get to see these two go at it for the fourth Pay-Per-View (PPV) in a row.

Happy happy joy joy.

It really is amazing how WWE can take something I really enjoy (The Big Show), something that is my guilty pleasure (Sheamus), something that always gets me excited (HOSS FIGHT!!!), something that most fans cherish (World Heavyweight Championship), and turn it into the promotion's most boring angle.

That takes some damn skill right there.

Everything Else! Bullet Points!

  • The Shield will be up to their usual shenanigans, causing chaos among the WWE roster. Who will they attack next? Nobody knows! Actually, it's probably not that hard to guess who they will attack. But it should be exciting, nevertheless.
  • The Great Khali and Hornswoggle are still a thing. Not a good thing necessarily, but still a thing.

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.

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