The WWE has produced some absolutely scintillating programming over the past few days, and fans will be hoping that success continues on Friday night for SmackDown.
On Sunday, Payback surprisingly turned out to be one of the best of the year, and the company followed that up with a memorable Raw on Monday.
Storylines and feuds are heating up, stars are making their returns to the roster, and intrigue is at an all-time high.
With that kind of positive momentum, let's take a look at the results from SmackDown's taping on Tuesday night.
- Sheamus defeats Cody Rhodes via Cloverleaf submission. Afterward, Damien Sandow attacks Sheamus.
- Promo for the Wyatt Family.
- Intercontinental Championship: Curtis Axel (c) defeats Wade Barrett.
- AJ Lee defeated Natalya.
- Backstage, Aksana teases Kaitlyn about AJ's win. Kaitlyn attacks Aksana.
- Alberto Del Rio vs. Chris Jericho ends in disqualification. Dolph Ziggler attacks Del Rio, but Jericho hits Ziggler with a Codebreaker.
- Christian defeats Drew McIntyre. Afterward, The Shield attacks and triple powerbombs him.
- Daniel Bryan defeats Randy Orton via countout.
Bryan vs. Orton Continues
When Bryan injured himself on a suicide dive on Monday night (which ended his match with Orton), fans worried about whether or not the injury was legitimate, albeit that concern wore off slightly as the show moved on.
His appearance on SmackDown further puts those concerns to rest.
And with that out of the way, it's time to see where the company is going to take Bryan, the most electrifying star in the business right now.
His immediate future, at least, is with Orton, as Friday's match, which ended with a countout, keeps the storyline open.
A feud with these two talented stars is intriguing, but we can only hope that if they are indeed locked in for a matchup at Money in the Bank, they won't continue to fight every week for the next month.
Although, it's worth noting that anything involving Bryan is immune to becoming stale.
Many were hoping Bryan would take on John Cena for the WWE title at Money in the Bank, but that job now belongs to Mark Henry. However, this opens up the possibility for Bryan competing for the title at SummerSlam.
Jericho Joining the Del Rio vs. Ziggler Feud?
Y2J is set to depart from the WWE in August, allowing enough time for one good, solid feud.
It's still not positive that he'll be involved with Del Rio and Ziggler, but these results suggest that something is at least in the works.
Jericho's match with Del Rio ended when Ziggler interfered to attack the new world heavyweight champion. The Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla could have left it at that, but he chose to attack Ziggler instead.
If you consider Del Rio as the heel and Ziggler as the face, this is a surprising turn of events. Is Jericho turning heel for his final feud, or is Ziggler's face turn not as complete as we thought?
Or was this just something that happened?
Certainly plenty of new questions and lots of new future intrigue being created by this development.
It would appear the WWE's hot streak will continue with this show.
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