SmackDown Five-Point Preview: Aug. 23, 2013

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August 23, 2013

Will SmackDown see a serpentine slaughter? YES!? or NO!?

Moments after Daniel Bryan captured the WWE Championship in a heroic showdown against John Cena at SummerSlam, a stunning attack from special guest referee Triple H cleared the way for Randy Orton to cash in his Money in the Bank contract and seize the title amidst a hurricane of controversy.

Watch Superstars cashing in the 'Money' | Photos of every cash in

That was nothing compared to the tumultuous Raw just twenty-four hours later, when WWE’s Apex Predator presented a jaw-dropping, unified front with the McMahons and The Game, RKO’ing Bryan after watching The Shield mercilessly take apart the bearded Superstar.    

Tonight, Orton is scheduled to open SmackDown. Considering the current state of turmoil surrounding the volatile Viper, the WWE Universe had better brace itself for the complete breakdown of order that is sure to follow.