The 514th edition of WWE SmackDown came to you from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI.
Quick Match Results
- R-Truth def. Shelton Benjamin by pin following the Lie Detector (corkscrew elbow).
- Michelle McCool & Alicia Fox def. Melina & Gail Kim by Michelle McCool pinning Gail Kim with the Styles Clash.
- Non-Title: John Morrison def. CM Punk by counter roll-up
- Rage In The Cage Match: Special Referee- CM Punk: Edge & Chris Jericho def. Jeff Hardy & Rey Mysterio by Edge pinning Jeff Hardy following the Spear.
- Rage In The Cage
- John Morrison Vs. CM Punk
- R-Truth Vs. Shelton Benjamin
- Michelle McCool & Alicia Fox Vs. Melina & Gail Kim
Friday Night SmackDown kicked off with a special appearance by the Chairman of World Wrestling Entertainment- Mr. McMahon. "The Boss" stated that it felt good to be on SmackDown again. McMahon said that there is only "one way" to fire someone and that way is how he "fired" Donald Trump on RAW. The Chairman then called SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long to the ring. Long enters the ring and Mr. McMahon asks Teddy what he has planned for SmackDown. The GM informs The Chairman that he has a tag team match in the main event that would see the team of #1 Contenders, Jeff Hardy & Rey Mysterio, take on the team of former World Champion, Edge, and Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho just forty-eight hours before The Bash. Mr. McMahon was not impressed and demanded to know what else Teddy Long had. Long added that the tag team match will take place inside a steel cage. When a Rage In The Cage match did not impress the WWE Chairman, Long announced that World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk will be the special referee in the match! As opposed to firing Theodore Long as the GM, Mr. McMahon opted to place Long on "probation". Throughout the night, Mr. McMahon would keep a close eye on how Teddy Long handles things on SmackDown. The Chairman has set his sights on the SmackDown brand, what does this mean for Theodore Long and the Superstars of SmackDown? What lengths will Teddy Long have to go through to avoid violating his "probation"?
Before squaring off with R-Truth, Shelton Benjamin had some words for the dynamic Superstar. Benjamin referred to R-Truth as an "underachiever", while he went to college and graduated at the head of the class. Benjamin reminds R-Truth that he is "The Gold Standard" before stating that he will beat R-Truth. Benjamin then stated that, after he wins, he wants R-Truth "out of the arena, out of the WWE, and out of his life".
It was the same story on a different day for Shelton Benjamin as R-Truth once again defeated "The Gold Standard" on SmackDown. Have we seen the last of this heated rivalry or will Benjamin not be satisfied until he gets R-Truth out of his life?
The Divas were in tag team action as the #1 Contender for the Women’s Title this Sunday at The Bash, Michelle McCool, teamed up with Alicia Fox to defeat the team of Women’s Champion Melina and former Women’s Champion Gail Kim. McCool has been on an absolute roll in recent weeks, will it lead to a new Women’s Champion being crowned at The Bash?
It was announced on SmackDown that the match between Dolph Ziggler and The Great Khali at The Bash is now a No Disqualification Match! When these two men step into the ring at the ARCO Arena, absolutely anything goes. Will The Great Khali get his revenge on Dolph Ziggler or will Dolph use any means necessary to chop down the giant Superstar?
Then it was time for the renewal of an old rivalry as World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk squared off in a non-title match against "The Guru of Greatness" John Morrison. In the end, Morrison was able to pick up a monumental win over the World Heavyweight Champion! After the match, a conflicted CM Punk laid Morrison out with the GTS and then appeared to be unsure of his actions. What kind of transformation are we witnessing in CM Punk?
Then it was time for the main event as it was Rage In The Cage when the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, Jeff Hardy, teamed with the #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Title, Rey Mysterio, to take on "The Rated-R Superstar" Edge & Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho in a Steel Cage Match. Not only that, but World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk would serve as special referee! Towards the end of the incredible contest, Edge went for a spear on Jeff Hardy, but inadvertently laid out the special referee, CM Punk. Jeff Hardy had the match won, but the accidental Spear by Edge kept the match going. The end of the match came when Jeff Hardy was temporarily distracted by the presence of CM Punk, this gave "The Ultimate Opportunist" Edge the chance to spear Jeff Hardy and pick up the win in the main event! Ever since losing the World Heavyweight Title at Extreme Rules, Edge has been on a roll. Will Edge be challenging whoever comes out of The Bash as the World Heavyweight Champion? Who will claim victory at The Bash when Jeff Hardy gets his fair shot at CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Title? Will "The Extreme Enigma" regain the title that was unceremoniously taken from him by CM Punk at Extreme Rules or will "The Straightedge Superstar" silence the Jeff Hardy faithful with a win on Sunday?
Backstage, WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon gives Theodore Long the stern warning to do an exceptional job for SmackDown at The Bash. The Chairman told Long to perform like his "job depended on it." Will Mr. McMahon really fire Theodore Long as the General Manager of SmackDown? What will Teddy have to do to make sure his job is safe? Will we see Theodore Long fired by Mr. McMahon this Sunday?