Written by Christian Miller
What an eventful two weeks it’s been in the world of wrestling. Last week, the road to the next PPV, Payback, was officially started. Not only that, but Paul Heyman also came out and announced his newest client (to keep him on TV while both Brock Lesnar and CM Punk have a bit of time off).
So, based on those two major events, what can we expect to happen tonight on Smackdown? Keep reading to find out!
Last week, Ryback made the first step towards Payback by challenging John Cena to an Ambulance Match for the WWE Championship.
If you’re not familiar with an ambulance match, basically the point is that you have to incapacitate your opponent to the point that you’re able to throw them in the back of an ambulance to win. As we speak, the match is officially on.
John Cena then went on to change the stipulation of the match by switching it from a normal ambulance match to a Three Stages of Hell Match, something not seen in the WWE in quite a long time.
A Three Stages of Hell Match is a best out of three falls match. The first third of the match is a lumberjack match, the second third is a tables match and then if necessary, the third…third of the match is an ambulance match.
I don’t expect Cena to be on Smackdown tonight, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Ryback came out and destroyed somebody to appear more dominant heading into Payback.
Each member of The Shield walked into RAW last week with gold around their waist.
US Champion Dean Ambrose started off defending against Kofi, which then turned into a 6 man tag match thanks to Theodore Long (making tag matches is all he ever does).
Then on RAW this week, Ambrose defend the belt again against Kofi and Reigns and Rollins defended successfully against Team Hell No.
All members of The Shield are still champions. So, what’s next? Will Kofi still be in the US Title picture? Or did he drop the title to finally pave way for a jump out of the midcard. Money In The Bank is right around the corner, after all.
That is, as long as he is back from injury by then.
That brings me to Team Hell No. Since dropping the titles, Daniel Bryan has been on an extremely angry hot streak as of late, trying to prove that he is not the weak member of Team Hell No.
They are now, for all intents and purposes, at the back of the line for getting another tag title shot. So what’s next for Team Hell No? My guess is that it’s only a matter of time before Bryan’s hot streak leads to him attacking Kane and thus ending their team. Especially given his unusually aggressive and heelish dominance of Jack Swagger at the end of their match on last week’s Smackdown.
Last week, Paul Heyman revealed his newest client as Curtis Axel, the former Michael McGillicutty, AKA Mr. Perfect Curt Hennig’s son.
In case you don’t know, Heyman is the man behind discovering the talents of such wrestlers as Rob Van Dam, Stone Cold, CM Punk. He even managed The Undertaker at one point. So, the man knows what he’s talking about when it comes to talent. Will Mr. Axel one day be WWE Champion? Well, he did pick up a victory last week over Triple H that saw the start of some sort of concussion story line with Triple H.
Furthermore, he picked up a count out victory over John Cena on RAW the other day.
So to me, it looks like he is destined for gold. I expect him to keep getting random wins over big name stars for at least the next couple weeks.
What do you hope to see on Smackdown tonight? Sound off in the comments section below!