For all intents and purposes, Friday's edition of Smackdown was the blue brand's go-home show for next weekend's WrestleMania.
With a series of events scheduled to begin in Miami next week, Monday's Raw will be the last show taped before the big night next Sunday. That means there will not be a new episode of Smackdown next week.
At least not a regular show. In recent years, WWE has used those final hours of television to highlight the WrestleMania week festivities and build final hype for the show.
With all that in mind, it was interesting to see a Smackdown episode filled with contestants in the 12-man tag team battle of the general managers and people not even booked into WrestleMania feuds at this point.
Team Teddy Long members R-Truth, Zack Ryder and The Great Khali faced off with Mark Henry, Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler, respectively. Each team would earn one definitive win, and a countout victory by Khali would push the show's outing into Team Long's favor.
Outside of those three matches, AJ faced Brie Bella and Brodus Clay returned to action against Heath Slater. There have been teases of AJ receiving a divas title match after WrestleMania, so it's actually a good thing to see her push beginning now, rather than one week before her title match.
The remaining matches on the show featured Big Show and Kane facing each other in a rematch from Monday's Raw and a high-caliber main event between WWE Champion CM Punk and Sheamus and World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan and The Miz.
At first glance, the line-up for Smackdown seems weak for the go-home show for WrestleMania, advancing only three feuds for the biggest event of the year - the general managers showdown, the Intercontinental Championship bout and the World Heavyweight Championship match.
But as addressed last week , this year's WrestleMania isn't about Smackdown - and that's not necessarily a bad thing. While Raw is being crowded with the top-tier talent, a whole other crop of superstars are being granted the opportunity to shine on Smackdown and to develop their characters.
While Friday's Smackdown may not have set the world on fire as far as go-home shows go, the show successfully added fuel to the three Smackdown-based matches at WrestleMania, as well as the cross-brand battle between Randy Orton and Kane.
Next week's show should be a fun look at some of the WrestleMania activities and it won't sacrifice too much to forego another episode of Smackdown. Monday's Raw will be the final stop on the Road to WrestleMania.