On the heels of a memorable Royal Rumble pay-per-view, not to mention the Elimination Chamber show taking place in just over two weeks, WWE had a lot of story to get through at this week's SmackDown tapings.
The biggest thing was just making sure that the World Heavyweight Championship Elimination Chamber match was finalized, and it kind of was right at the start of the show. We will get into the participants and what it means in the spoiler section.
It is the most magical time of the year in WWE, so there is always going to be something happening on the Blue Brand from now through WrestleMania. Here is all you need to know about the SmackDown show that will air this Friday.
Spoilers courtesy of NoDQ.com
|Sin Cara & Rey Mysterio defeated Daniel Bryan & Kane via pinfall|
|Great Khali defeated Jinder Mahal|
|Sheamus defeated Damien Sandow via DQ|
|Randy Orton defeated Wade Barrett via pinfall|
|Jack Swagger defeated Kofi Kingston via submission|
|Alberto Del Rio defeated Dolph Ziggler via submission|
SmackDown Elimination Chamber Match Set...Kind Of
As SmackDown opens, Teddy Long and Booker T are in the ring ready to make one of the main events for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
It will be Alberto Del Rio defending the championship against some combination of Randy Orton, Sheamus, Great Khali, Daniel Bryan, Kane and Dolph Ziggler. The participants have to earn their way into the match, with only six superstars getting the title shot.
To give some credit to continuity, Ziggler does end up saying that he isn't interested in the match because he already has a guaranteed title shot. Of course, that didn't mean anything at the Royal Rumble, but at least the creative team remembered it matters now.
This could be a setup to get Ziggler, or Great Khali, out of the match and Big Show in later, as Show actually holds Ricardo Rodriguez hostage and punches him out as the show goes off the air.
The Return of Jack Swagger
In case you hadn't noticed—and judging by the complete lack of hype, you haven't—Jack Swagger has been gone for a long time while WWE tries to figure out what to do with him.
Perhaps the smartest move the creative team could have made is just bring him back and have him win some matches, since he never got to do that before he was banished. His return might not have a lot of hype, but giving him a submission win over Kofi Kingston is a nice start.
Swagger is one of those stars who has always gotten the short end of the stick by WWE. He may never be a great promo guy, but his work in the ring is very good and deserves to be showcased in a better way than it used to be.
Hopefully the creative team has a plan for Swagger and actually follows through with it, because there is talent there waiting to be unleashed.