The WWE SmackDown taping on Sept. 18 will air this Friday, featuring the return of Edge. Along with an appearance by the Hall of Famer, the Sept. 21 edition of SmackDown also had a tag team lumberjack match to push the division, and a possible face turn for Heath Slater, reports NoDQ.
PWInsider reported yesterday that the Rated-R Superstar would be making a one-night comeback to SmackDown to promote the new season of his show “Haven” on SyFy, the channel which SmackDown airs on. After promoting his new projects, Edge talked about Kane and Daniel Bryan’s dysfunctional tag team.
Daniel Bryan interrupted Edge after the 14-time tag team champion mocked the current tag champs for hugging-it-out so often. Once Bryan came out, Kane followed and was ridiculed by Edge, who he feuded with several times over the years.
Too add to the cluster, Damien Sandow showed up and interjected himself into the conversation. SmackDown General Manager Booker T then arrived to book the Self-Professed Intellectual Savior of the Masses in a match with Kane.
Damien Sandow managed to beat Kane when the Big Red Monster was distracted by his tag team partner and fellow champion Bryan at ringside. Afterwards, the duos anger management therapist DR. Shelby said he would have Bryan put in a match to make Kane feel better about his loss.
That wasn’t enough, as Cody Rhodes defeated Bryan when Kane’s ring pyro went off during the match. The distraction allowed Rhodes to pick up a victory over the Submissions Specialist.
Rhodes and Sandow belittled the Tag Team Champions and called the team a joke, which resulted in another match: a tag team lumberjack match with Rhodes and Sandown facing Kane and Bryan. The ring was surrounded by fellow tag teams The Usos (Jimmy and Jay Uso), The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young) and International Airstrike (Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel) who could interfere in the match if any wrestler left the ring.
The match didn’t have a conclusive finish, because Rhodes disqualified his team by hitting Kane with a steel chair. After the DQ, all of the tag teams began to brawl in the ring, but the Champions were the last two standing.
Outside of the blossoming tag team division, former no. 1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship Alberto Del Rio was told he would have to prove to Booker T that he deserved another title match. The GM put Del Rio in a tag match with Dolph Ziggler to go up against Sheamus and Randy Orton.
Del Rio and Ziggler failed to defeat their opponents, once again. The two men had lost to Sheamus and Orton in their respective matches at Night of Champions, and couldn’t manage to match their opponents on SmackDown.
From what NoDQ is claiming, Heath Slater looks to be in the process of turning face. After the One-Man Band was successful in his Legends Challenge angle where he would job a match to a returning wrestler to help promote RAW 1000 in July, the company has allegedly been happy with his performances.
During his match against Brodus Clay, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre attacked Slater. Being that Mahal and McIntyre are both heels in the lower-mid card, it seems like WWE is trying to retool Slater as a mid-card babyface.
Santino Marella picked up an upset victory over the current United States Champion Antonio Cesaro. The mast of the Cobra Strike’s win could get Marella another shot at the US Title, which he lost to Cesaro at the SummerSlam pre-show in August.
Former Dvias Champion Layla defeated Natalya in a singles match. Current Divas Champion Eve was on commentary during the bout.