WWE Friday Night SmackDown helped shape the way the Money in the Bank pay-per-view will look just two weeks from now, on July 15.
We saw first-time opportunities, a GM for Raw and SmackDown next week and a special guest referee for the WWE Championship match at MITB.
In spite of this, the show left us with some pending questions.
Are we supposed to forget about recycled music?
I've mentioned this a number of times on my Pancakes and Powerslams wrestling talk show: to be a credible Babyface Divas champion, Layla desperately needs a new theme song.
That wish was granted, but with a catch—a recycled theme song from former ECW general manager Tiffany (remember her?). This is recycled theme song No. 2 for her—"You're Not Enough For Me" used to be Torrie Wilson's theme song.
Can we at least get something original for the Divas champion? I guess she's not worth that much.
Are we finally going to get an AJ swerve?
During SmackDown, WWE.com had four options for AJ's involvement in the WWE Championship match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan at MITB. They decided to grant her the position of special guest referee.
This angle has been going on for long enough—something different must happen at the PPV. The only logical way for this angle to culminate is for AJ to pull a swerve on CM Punk and assist Daniel Bryan in winning his first WWE Championship.
If not, her involvement over the past few months was just a filler for something bigger for CM Punk (most likely John Cena), which, unfortunately, wouldn't be a surprise.
How many participants will there be in the WHC MITB match?
With five participants already confirmed for the World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank match, and more to come on the Great American Bash edition of SmackDown, how many participants will the match have?
Yes, it is a good idea to have seven to eight participants, but why make the WWE Championship match only have four? That MITB match could have been spared, and it should have been a Fatal Four Way match instead.
The only saving grace here may be that more people will be in the WWE Championship MITB match. Rey Mysterio, Miz and Alberto Del Rio would be suitable—they are all former WWE champions as well.
Why are both the mid-card champions in the WHC MITB match?
While having new faces like Damien Sandow, Tyson Kidd and Tensai in the match is not a bad idea, having both the US and Intercontinental Champions is, in fact, a bad idea.
Why not have the titles defended at the PPV? If the titles mean what they used to, both Christian and Santino are both top contenders for the main event titles anyway.
David Otunga and Cody Rhodes would have been better choices to win that tag team qualifying match and become participants in the WHC MITB match.
Why indulge us with more Ryback handicap matches?
Seriously, when is this going to end? This is not getting Ryback over anymore at all, and he wasn't really over in the first place.
If anything, he is getting more boos and sucking the life out of a segment of WWE programming every time he steps foot in the ring.
He can never be the next Goldberg if he goes down this path. At least Goldberg beat actual wrestlers on the WCW roster (even if it was Lodi or Kwee Wee), and progressed into the US Title picture and eventually the World Title picture.
Defeating two jobbers each week doesn't create a parallel path, so don't expect to have parallel results.
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