Welcome to this week's edition of things WWE subtly told us on SmackDown. A lot of the show on SmackDown was centered around the build to the Elimination Chamber match - one that has a slight twist. Here's what WWE subtly told us this week on SmackDown:
#5. Seth Rollins welcoming back feud on SmackDown
Seth Rollins' hadn't been on SmackDown since pre-Survivor Series 2020. When Rollins was drafted to SmackDown for the first time in four years, it was a big deal.
However, at Survivor Series, he "sacrificed" himself and was eliminated right at the beginning. It was a way to write him off SmackDown programming as he went on a paternity leave.
Seth Rollins' original return to SmackDown was delayed by a month, and when it finally happened, a good chunk of the Blue brand roster came out to welcome back one of the most accomplished Superstars in WWE today. Seth Rollins even brought back his old music.
Seth Rollins took the center stage, seemingly humbled by the reception from the SmackDown roster. He began to talk about how his daughter changed his life in ways he couldn't even imagine, before proceeding to reveal that he actually hadn't changed at all.
In Seth Rollins' mind, he probably did, but the whole SmackDown locker room could see that he didn't. After making a declaration that SmackDown needs a great leader, the locker room left him at ringside.
Seth Rollins was so engrossed in his own speech that he didn't realize that everyone had left and returned backstage. There was one Superstar who hadn't left - Cesaro.
Assuming that Cesaro was the only one who agreed with him, Rollins seemed ready to embrace him, only for The Swiss Superman to reveal that he wasn't on his side either.
Rollins attacked Cesaro from behind before his Elimination Chamber qualifying match. In the main event, Cesaro teamed up with Daniel Bryan to face the SmackDown Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode.
It was a great match, and Cesaro made Ziggler tap out to the Sharpshooter in the end. Cesaro is red hot right now, and the SmackDown commentators acknowledged that there isn't any star in WWE hotter than The Swiss Superman at the moment.
A qualification spot confirmed for the Elimination Chamber, a feud with Seth Rollins on SmackDown, and multiple big victories. It seems as though WWE's main event push of Cesaro might finally be coming to fruition.