Looks like those who attended Tuesday night's tapings of Main Event and Smackdown in Memphis got to see a really great show. Not only that, Jerry Lawler made his first appearance at a WWE event since his heart attack last month, appearing for his home crowd in an untaped segment. If you want to know what is going to air, keep reading.
Let's start with Main Event, since the opening segment of Smackdown is directly related to the happenings there. If you follow WWE on Twitter, then you already know what happened, since they tweeted a picture of the new Intercontinental Champion right after the match. Kofi Kingston won the IC title for the fourth time in his career. That shouldn't be a huge surprise if you watched Monday's Raw. It's clear WWE is trying to build up Kingston again. I don't know that Kofi will ever be a true main eventer who can carry a PPV, but I do think he's a good No. 4 or 5 babyface, similiar to the John Morrison or MVP role a few years ago or someone like a Tito Santana back in the 80s and 90s.
The sky isn't exactly falling for the Miz, for those concerned about him being booked to lose again. I think the Awesome One might be finding a new niche as the host of Miz TV and occasional commentator. Besides, I think the Miz is pretty bullet-proof at this point. He can always bring up that he defeated John Cena for the WWE Championship in the main event of WrestleMania and get instant credibility, just like Chris Jericho always brought up defeating Steve Austin and The Rock in the same night.
In the opening segment of Friday night Smackdown, Miz noted that he's invoking his rematch clause for Hell in a Cell. I suspect he'll lose again but will keep himself relevant doing Miz TV and commentary, which will spark a new feud for him sooner than later.
Kingston, meanwhile, doesn't exactly have a ton of obvious heel challengers for the IC gold after the Miz has his rematch. A successful title defense against someone like Tensai would help put him over just by beating a much larger opponent. Damien Sandow would also be a good choice to challenge him and perhaps take the title at some point, assuming the Rhodes Scholars team is short-lived.
On to Smackdown, immediately after Miz made clear he was invoking his rematch, he invited guests Team Hell No on to Miz TV. After giving them the business for a bit, Big Show interrupts and once again brings up Daniel Bryan defeating him for the World title last year. Dolph Ziggler then interrupts and tells Show that will be exactly what happens because Ziggler plans to cash in if he beats Big Show. Cue Booker T and some match-making. Bryan and Kane vs. Big Show and Ziggler and Miz vs. Randy Orton.
Hopefully Miz wore his ring gear out to do Miz TV, but he was put into a match with Orton immediately afterward. No surprise, Orton won, while his Hell in a Cell opponent Alberto Del Rio watched from a skybox. Orton is really the last of the "big four" (Cena, Punk, Sheamus and Orton) that Del Rio hasn't feuded with. Assuming he loses this feud, I'm curious where he goes next. I've always thought Del Rio was the perfect guy for the Intercontinental Championship, so maybe he gets a run with that title as a future opponent for Kofi.
The Rhodes Scholars defeated Justin Gabriel and Tyson Kidd in a squash. I like the combination of Gabriel and Kidd and think they could actually be a modern-day Rockers type team if given a bit more opportunity. And I think there is a lot more opportunity for them in the tag team division than there is in singles.
Kane and Bryan defeated the Big Show and Ziggler when Bryan made Ziggler tap out. You had to know that was going to happen, right? Show wasn't going to do the job. The Rhodes Scholars attacked the tag champions after the match. Again, no surprise, although WWE is completely telegraphing the result of the tag team tournament finals.
Ted DiBiase Jr. made his return to WWE television and promptly did the job to Antonio Cesaro. Shame for DiBiase, who could've gotten some vignettes or something to promote his return and make him a bit of a big deal again. Ah well.
Heath Slater beat Brodus Clay? Wow. Of course, he gets some help from 3MB to do it. So, the 3MB vs. Clay, Santino Marella and Zack Ryder as the YouTube preshow match for Hell in a Cell?
Layla beat Natalya with Eve doing commentary. So I guess Layla vs. Eve still isn't over. That's fine.
Well, we finally got some resolution to the Sheamus vs. Wade Barrett series of matches, as the main event was a lumberjack match between the two. Naturally, the lumberjacks started brawling and apparently caused enough of a distraction for Sheamus to hit Barrett with the Brogue Kick and win. I wish this had been the other way around. Why not have Big Show KO punch Sheamus while the referee was distracted by the brawling lumberjacks and let Barrett pick up the win? It would've put over Big Show and his KO punch even more -- proving it was devastating enough to put Sheamus down for the count -- and positioned Barrett as the potential next challenger for the World Championship if/when Sheamus wins at the PPV. I had been pretty happy with how WWE had been treating this budding program between Sheamus and Barrett until I saw this result.
In the ensuing chaos after the match, Ziggler dropped Sheamus with the Zig Zag and teased cashing in his Money in the Bank contract, but he was hit with Show's KO punch instead, ending that threat. I find it odd the Ziggler keeps having run-ins with other heels. I really hope they aren't testing him out as a babyface. If I've said once, I've said it a thousand times, he will fail miserably as a babyface right now.