The 515th edition of WWE SmackDown came to you from the Save Mart Center at Fresno State University in Fresno, CA.
Quick Match Results
- Finlay (in his return to SmackDown) def. Ricky Ortiz by pin following the Celtic Cross.
- Dolph Ziggler def. R-Truth by pin following the Name Drop.
- Non-Title: Kane (in his return to SmackDown) def. Rey Mysterio by pin following the Big Red Chokeslam.
- Cryme Tyme def. The Hart Dynasty (in their SmackDown debut) by Shad pinning David Hart Smith following Thugnificence.
- Melina & Maria def. Michelle McCool & Layla by Melina pinning Layla with the L.A. Splits.
- Non-Title: Edge & Chris Jericho def. CM Punk & Jeff Hardy by Edge pinning CM Punk following the Spear.
- Edge & Chris Jericho Vs. CM Punk & Jeff Hardy
- Kane Vs. Rey Mysterio
- Dolph Ziggler Vs. R-Truth
- Cryme Tyme Vs. The Hart Dynasty
- Finlay Vs. Ricky Ortiz
- Melina & Maria Vs. Michelle McCool & Layla
Coming off of a controversial title defense at The Bash, World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk opened the show. "The Straightedge Superstar" stated that he is tired of hearing about his actions at The Bash; that people keep accusing him of getting intentionally disqualified to keep the World Heavyweight Title. The champion alleged that he was the one who was "almost robbed" of the title at The Bash after the referee counted the pinfall for Jeff Hardy with Punk’s foot under the bottom rope. Punk said that it was an unintentional move when he kicked the referee in the back; that his vision was impaired. The World Heavyweight Champion said that Jeff Hardy has every right to be angry about how things went down at The Bash, but that there was "no excuse" for Jeff Hardy’s attack on him after the match was over. Punk proclaimed that what he did was accidental, but what Jeff did was intentional. The champion said that he would be fine with giving Jeff Hardy a rematch for the World Heavyweight Title, but that he wants an apology from "The Extreme Enigma". SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long made his way to the ring and wasted no time in getting down to business as he informed the World Heavyweight Champion that Punk will be defending the gold against Jeff Hardy, again, at the Night of Champions! This brought Jeff Hardy out, who made his way to the ring and told the champion that he is done with Punk’s "excuses" and told Punk that what he did was intentional at The Bash and that he can "see right through" Punk. The World Heavyweight Champion responded by telling Jeff Hardy that "unless your next words are an apology, then shut up". Jeff responded by shoving CM Punk; Punk shoved back before Theodore Long stepped in between the champion and challenger. Punk advises that Jeff Hardy "just say no" when it comes to attacking him again. As the rivalry between these two gets more and more personal, how can CM Punk & Jeff Hardy possibly coexist in the main even? Can the champion and challenger put their differences aside and defeat the new Unified Tag Team Champions or will Edge & Chris Jericho capitalize on the dysfunctional team and pick up the win?
The opening match of the night saw "The Fighting Irishman" Finlay make his return to Friday nights as picked up a win over Ricky Ortiz.
Five nights after picking up a big win over The Great Khali, Dolph Ziggler picked up another win; this time over R-Truth.
"The Big Red Machine" Kane made his return to SmackDown as he picked up a win over the new Intercontinental Champion, Rey Mysterio, in a non-title bout. After the match, "The Big Red Monster" was not through with Mysterio, as he was prepared to chokeslam Rey Mysterio when The Great Khali came out with steel chair in hand and chased Kane through the crowd. When will these two behemoths square off against each other?
Backstage, one-half of the new Unified Tag Team Champions, Chris Jericho, announced that, on next week’s SmackDown, he will be implementing his rematch clause and challenging Rey Mysterio for the Intercontinental Title. The other half of the tag champions, Edge, reminded Jericho that they should be focusing on CM Punk & Jeff Hardy. Will Chris Jericho win the Intercontinental Title for an unprecedented 10th time next week or will Rey Mysterio one up Jericho once again?
Cryme Tyme was also in action, picking up a win over The Hart Dynasty in tag team action.
The Divas were also in action as former Women’s Champion Melina teamed with Maria to defeat the team of new Women’s Champion Michelle McCool & Layla. When will Melina get her rematch for the Women’s Title?
Then it was time for the tag team main event as World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk teamed up with his #1 Contender, Jeff Hardy, to combat the new Unified Tag Team Champions, Edge & Chris Jericho. During the course of the match up, Jeff Hardy tried on several occasions to tag in his "partner", CM Punk. Each time, Punk claimed that his injured eye prevented him from being able to make the tag. Frustrated with his tag team partner, Jeff Hardy forced the tag on CM Punk by slapping the World Heavyweight Champion. Later on in the match, CM Punk tried to tag in Jeff Hardy, but the #1 Contender faked an eye injury to show the champion what it’s like to compete under those circumstances. With his partner leaving him alone with the Unified Tag Team Champions, CM Punk succumbed to a Spear by "The Ultimate Opportunist" Edge, who picked up his second win over the World Heavyweight Champion this week. After the match, Jeff Hardy entered the ring and mocked CM Punk by holding his eye as if it was injured. When Jeff made his way to the stage, "The Extreme Enigma" showed Punk that his eye was perfectly fine; just like he alleged that Punk’s eye was fine. It has been made very clear that Jeff Hardy does not believe a word that comes out of the mouth of the World Heavyweight Champion, will that help or hinder Jeff Hardy in his quest to take the title from "The Straightedge Superstar"? Is CM Punk really injured like he claims or is what Jeff speaks the truth? What will go down when these two square off at the Night of Champions?