The 511th edition of WWE SmackDown came to you from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, TN.
Quick Match Results
- John Morrison def. Shelton Benjamin by pin following Starship Pain.
- Chris Jericho def. R-Truth by pin following the Codebreaker.
- CM Punk def. Umaga by pin following the GTS.
- 6-Diva Tag: Special Referee- Maria: Michelle McCool, Alicia Fox, & Layla def. Melina, Gail Kim, & Eve by Layla pinning Melina following the modified neckbreaker.
- The Great Khali def. Dolph Ziggler by pin following the Punjabi Plunge.
- Champion Vs. Champion: Non-Title: Edge def. Rey Mysterio by pin following the Spear.
- Edge Vs. Rey Mysterio
- John Morrison Vs. Shelton Benjamin
- CM Punk Vs. Umaga
- Chris Jericho Vs. R-Truth
- The Great Khali Vs. Dolph Ziggler
- 6-Diva Tag
SmackDown opened with the Special Ladder Edition of The Cutting Edge. World Heavyweight Champion Edge started by introducing his challenger for the World Heavyweight Title in a Ladder Match this Sunday at Extreme Rules, Jeff Hardy. Jeff came out and climbed to the top of one of the many ladders set up for the Ladder Edition of The Cutting Edge. Jeff told Edge that Edge could talk to him up there. Jeff then vowed that he would win the World Heavyweight Title this Sunday. Edge tells his #1 Contender that each time Jeff climbs the ladder this Sunday, he will knock Jeff back down and that he will be the one grabbing the World Heavyweight Title to keep the title at Extreme Rules. "The Rated-R Superstar" then climbs to the top of another ladder to face his opponent. Jeff stated that he is proud of "who and what he is". Jeff then proclaims that the chances he takes this Sunday will be his "salvation". The World Heavyweight Champion then bashes Jeff two times with the World Heavyweight Title belt that is suspended in the air. With Jeff vulnerable, the dastardly Edge pushed the ladder, with Jeff on top it, over. This caused Jeff to land on the ring ropes, then bounced off of the ring apron, and hit the arena floor. After this act, Jeff had to be assisted to the backstage area. Has Edge proved that he is more proficient at utilizing ladders than Jeff or has Edge just raised the ire of "The Charismatic Enigma" for their match at Extreme Rules?
The opening match of the night saw the "Guru of Greatness" John Morrison defeat "The Gold Standard" Shelton Benjamin for the third time in one-on-one action. Is Shelton Benjamin capable of defeating John Morrison or is the "Friday Night Delight" simply better than "The Gold Standard"?
Before his match, Chris Jericho had a few words to say about his No Holds Barred match against Rey Mysterio this Sunday. Jericho states that Rey Mysterio should be "very afraid" of Chris Jericho. Jericho said that he is going to "demolish" Rey in their No Holds Barred bout. Jericho then guarantees to break his own record and become a nine-time Intercontinental Champion and walk away from the match having unmasked Rey Mysterio. Jericho’s opponent, R-Truth, interrupted. Jericho told R-Truth that Truth interrupted Jericho on "his show". Jericho said that he was not done with what he had to say. R-Truth responded by telling Jericho the he’s "done". Truth tells Jericho that Jericho is the "hypocrite", not Rey Mysterio or the fans. Truth then told Jericho to "quit playing".
Chris Jericho caught R-Truth with the Codebreaker to pick up the win en route to his Intercontinental Championship No Holds Barred match against Rey Mysterio at Extreme Rules. After the match, Rey Mysterio attacked Chris Jericho in response to Jericho’s attack last week. Referees pulled Mysterio off of Jericho, but Mysterio broke loose and leapt off of the staging area and hit his signature seated senton on Chris Jericho on the concrete floor below. Both men have proven that they can thrive in a No Holds Barred environment, who will emerge victorious this Sunday? Will Rey Mysterio shut Chris Jericho up or will Jericho unmask Rey and become the new Intercontinental Champion for the ninth time?
Two days before their Samoan Strap Match at Extreme Rules, CM Punk squared off with Umaga on SmackDown. In an amazing feat of strength, CM Punk managed to lift the super heavyweight up on his shoulders and hit the GTS to pick up a major win over Umaga just forty-eight hours before their Samoan Strap Match at Extreme Rules! Can CM Punk manage to defeat Umaga again this Sunday or will "The Samoan Bulldozer" run right over CM Punk?
The Divas of SmackDown were also in action in a 6-Diva Tag Match with Maria as the Special Guest Referee! In the match, the #1 Contender for the Women’s Title, Michelle McCool, teamed up with Alicia Fox & Layla to take on the team of Women’s Champion Melina, Gail Kim, & Eve. With some help from Michelle McCool, Layla was able to hit a neckbreaker and pin the Women’s Champion! When will Melina & McCool do battle over the prestigious Women’s Title?
The Great Khali finally got his hands on, and defeated, Dolph Ziggler.
Then it was time for the special main event as World Heavyweight Champion Edge squared off with Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio in a Champion Vs. Champion match just two days before their respective matches at Extreme Rules. In the end, Edge was able to outmaneuver and outsmart Rey Mysterio to hit his signature Spear and pin the Intercontinental Champion to gain some major momentum heading into his Ladder Match with Jeff Hardy this Sunday. After the match, "The Ultimate Opportunist" brought a ladder out from under the ring. Before he could use it on Mysterio, Jeff Hardy rushed to the ring with a steel chair and hit the ladder into Edge. Jeff then laid the champion out with a Twist of Fate on the ladder! Jeff followed it up with his signature leg drop from the ladder. "The Extreme Enigma" then stood tall with the World Heavyweight Title. Will this be the same scene at Extreme Rules when Edge & Jeff Hardy face off for Edge’s World Heavyweight Title in a Ladder Match?