SmackDown Review: Daniel Bryan Gains Advantage Leading To HIAC, Your Predictions

The latest episode of SmackDown was presented to us from Birmingham, AL, and was the go-home show to the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. The main event pitted an eight-man tag team match, involving the two superstars vying for the vacant WWE Championship, Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton.

The Usos vs. Rowan/Harper was a good match, and the Usos picking up the win was a good way to build momentum for them heading to Hell in a Cell. The Miz's involvement saved some dignity for Rowan and Harper, making the finish not "clean." The WWE is trying to make Miz relevant again by feuding him against Bray Wyatt, but he'll just be another victim and and most likely an afterthought when this feud is over. As far as the Usos; great team, but relevant at the wrong time. The Rhodes brothers are too hot of a commodity to lose the titles right now.

AJ Lee vs. Nikki Bella was rather predictable, as Nikki was the sacrificial lamb to enhance the feud between AJ and Brie. The match was not bad, and made sense leading to Hell in a Cell. This feud has not been the most exciting, and it is highly doubtful if Brie wins the title at the PPV. She just has not garnered enough steam as a babyface yet, but she has the potential to in the future.

Los Matadores vs. Slater/McIntyre was purposed to bring more light to the storyline vs. Real Americans, which it did. Zeb Colter continues to show why he is an asset to Antonio Cesaro and Jack Swagger, because he is really making this angle worthwhile. The match at the PPV should be decent, and I expect Los Matadores to retain their winning streak.

Ryback/Paul Heyman vs. CM Skunk was rather funny. The parody was a good addition to the feud, and Skunk played the part well. It would've been even funnier if Necro Butcher would have appeared as CM Skunk, seeing how he parodied Punk in Chikara. Either way, it gave light to the feud, even without Punk actually being involved.

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