Richard’s Notes From Smackdown – A Detailed Look At This Friday’s Show, Richard Reacts, News & More

This week’s episode of WWE Smackdown was taped on Tuesday night from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. The announced main event was WWE World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton vs. Christian in a non-title match. The bout was part of The Authoriy’s storyline with Orton where they announced on Raw he would have to face all of the Elimination Chamber challengers in singles matches.

In storyline progression, we’ll see the continued dissension between Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. This started at Royal Rumble when Reigns eliminated Ambrose from the match and has spilled over to television. This in the midst of their program with The Wyatt Family. Things continued between Alberto Del Rio and Batista and Daniel Bryan addressed Kane (his former tag team partner) for attacking him on Raw.

This week’s show features a bout Internet fans are going to salivate over as Bryan faces Antonio Cesaro in singles competition. Below are my notes from this week’s show:

* Prior to the taping began, producers got a look at Alexander Rusev as he went over Tyson Kidd in a dark match with the Camel Clutch. Lana was with Rusev at ringside.

* The show opened with Daniel Bryan coming out for a promo. Referencing the things The Authority said about him on Raw, Bryan said he doesn’t want to be the face of WWE. He calls out his former tag team partner Kane for attacking him on Monday. Kane comes out and apologizes for being unprofessional. Bryan encourages him to ditch the corporate gimmick and put his mask back on. The crowd chanted “you sold out” at Kane and he books Bryan vs. Antonio Cesaro.

* WWE United States Champion Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns w/Seth Rollins beat Dolph Ziggler & Kofi Kingston. The dissension between Reigns and Ambrose continued…

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