CM Punk is making a rare appearance on WWE Smackdown tonight.  What will The Best in the World have to say after Curtis Axel "stole" the victory on Raw?  Also, what follow-up will we have from Dolph Ziggler?  And will AJ and Kaitlyn continue to taunt each other?

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 - Looks like we're starting things off with CM Punk tonight.  

 - Punk starts off by comparing himself to John Cena.  He "tends to have a different point of view" on a lot of things.  He says he's an independent guy just like our founding fathers.  

 - Punk says he has some goals - Brock Lesnar, and winning Money in the Bank. 

 - Punk continues, then gets interrupted by Alberto Del Rio.  Del Rio says that Smackdown is his show.  

 - I always thought Smackdown was The Rock's show.

 - Anyhow, Del Rio cuts on America's Independence Day celebration, segues into the Dolph Ziggler talk.  Baits the audience into a USA chant.

 - CM Punk calls his BS.

 - Del Rio calls him a "little Chihuahua."

 - This is kind of a boring exchange and I expect better from Punk, and just as I'm about to really lay into this exchange, Teddy Long interrupts.

 - Looks like it's Punk vs. Del Rio later tonight, in the main event.

 - Not the best of starts to this edition of Smackdown, but I've seen far worse.  Punk feels cliche to me right now and Del Rio is a good heel but not very inspiring.  Just not into this.  Maybe it's the hangover.

 - We're back from break, and CM Punk is approached by Paul Heyman.

 - Heyman says this match makes no sense.  He makes a play to help Punk out at Money in the Bank.

 - Heyman begs better than anyone on TV these days.

 - The Uso's hit the stage, and I have no idea what they're saying.  Wish we had subtitles.

 - Looks like they're facing off against Team Rhodes Scholars.

 - Average tag match here.  Heels working over Jay Uso to start.  Pair of super kicks from each, and a nice double-team finisher to end it quick.

 - The Shield takes the mic back stage.  "This is what dominance looks like in 2013."

 - Ambrose comes across as a dark-horse victor for Money in the Bank.  I could see it.

 - Alicia Fox is dancing in the ring.  Looks like she's facing Kaitlyn.  Again.

 - My girlfriend just made an annoyed noise.  I'm not sure if it's at this rematch, or Diner Dash 2.

 - AJ skips around the ring, and it's enough to distract Kaitlyn, but barely.  Fox gets the roll-up pin in the end anyhow.

 - Short match, nothing fancy.  We've seen better, with more time, from each lady.

 - Thank god The Bella Twins are here.  Then AJ finds Big E.  She's in a hurry.  He's laughing practically.  Loving the glimmer of personality here.

 - It's never a good idea to interview opponents backstage together.  New chick interviewing both Randy Orton and Christian, who face off later.

 - Wyatt Family is gonna shake things up come Monday.

 - Randy Orton hits the ring to face off against Christian.

 - My girlfriend is making cracks at Christian's tan.  "He looks like he rolled around in a melted orange crayon."

 - Orton ends up outside the ring and we go to break.

 - Back from break, and it's pretty back and forth.  Orton has most of the control, seems to have a liking for headbutts.

 - Nice dropkick from Orton.  Underrated, IMO.

 - Christian hits a nice flipkick in the corner.  Not enough to keep the momentum out of Orton's corner.  

 - Nice RKO tease.

 - Christian hits a spear, and teases a Killswitch.  Nope.  DDT on the ropes.  Christian dodges the RKO, except not really.  Orton with the win.

 - Pretty good match from these two, but not unexpected.  Orton has been really good as of late, and Christian is always good.

 - Teddy Long insists Paul Heyman is on commentary tonight.  Why?

 - Dolph Ziggler comes out to the ring.  No AJ with him.  I am a sad panda.

 - Ziggler cuts a promo about how he lost the belt after barely winning it.

 - Good promo mostly.  A little whiny, but a good babyface promo.

 - 3MB comes out.  Drew McIntyre is facing Dolph.  This should be quick.

 - After commercial, McIntryre lays into Ziggler.  I miss the days he was a force to be reckoned with.

 - Back and forth.  Predictably, Dolph gets the win.

 - Predictably, 3MB attacks after the match.  Predictably, they fail.

 - It's FAAANNNDAAAAANNNGOOOOO.

 - I haven't seen Justin Gabriel on TV in so long, I forgot what his theme sounded like. 

 - Top rope leg drop to end it pretty quickly.  

 - I'm calling it now - leg drop off the top of a ladder at Money in the Bank.

 - I wish WWE never called out Glen Beck, because now I can't watch a Zeb Colter promo without seeing a green screen.

 - CM Punk hits the ring.  Paul Heyman is on commentary.  Del Rio comes out.  He needs more cars.

 - CM Punk chant breaks early.  Del Rio tosses Punk in the corner, but Punk reverses it.

 - Punk goes up for a top-rope elbow, but Del Rio wisely rolls away as we cut to break.

 - Back from break, and Del RIo is in charge.  Del Rio is getting the arm weak for his armbreaker finisher.  Punk manages to hit a bodyslam.

 - Punk goes up top again, but gets caught with a kick to the head.  Punk comes back with some nasty kicks.  Del Rio hits a tilt-a-whirl back breaker.

 - The fight spills outside, and Punk nearly hits a GTS.  Del Rio tosses Punk over the announcer's table and tears the table apart.  He pushes Heyman, who pleads with him.  Punk gets pissed and attacks Del Rio.

 - The match ends up being a double-count out.  GTS in the middle of the ring.  End of show.

 - Average Smackdown.  WWE is on autopilot right now.  Raw was boring, and Smackdown was just slightly better.  They have 9 days to turn it up and sell some tickets.

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