The 519th edition of WWE SmackDown came to you from the 1st Mariner Arena in Baltimore, MD.
Quick Match Results
- #1 Contender’s Match: Cryme Tyme def. The Hart Dynasty by JTG pinning Tyson Kidd following the Shout Out to become the #1 Contender’s for the Unified Tag Team Titles.
- Melina & Eve Torres def. Michelle McCool & Layla by Melina pinning Michelle McCool with the Last Call.
- Rey Mysterio & Finlay def. Dolph Ziggler & Mike Knox by Rey Mysterio rolling up Dolph Ziggler.
- The Great Khali & Charlie Haas fight to a No Contest after Kane distracts The Great Khali.
- World Heavyweight Championship: Jeff Hardy (c) def. John Morrison by pin following the Swanton Bomb to retain.
- World Heavyweight Championship
- Cryme Tyme Vs. The Hart Dynasty
- Rey Mysterio & Finlay Vs. Dolph Ziggler & Mike Knox
- Melina & Eve Torres Vs. Michelle McCool & Layla
- The Great Khali Vs. Charlie Haas
The show opened with the new World Heavyweight Champion, Jeff Hardy, who started by thanking his supporters. "The Charismatic Champion" then proclaimed that the world would be a "boring" place if everyone was like CM Punk. The proud new champion then states that he’s the World Heavyweight Champion for the fans. The champion then reveals that CM Punk has been granted his rematch for the title and can use the rematch whenever he wants. Jeff then turned his attention to his big title defense against John Morrison in the main event. Jeff proclaimed that his match with John Morrison will be a "breathtaking" match.
The opening match of the night saw Cryme Tyme defeat their recent rivals, The Hart Dynasty, to become the new #1 Contenders for the Unified Tag Team Titles at SummerSlam! After the match, Unified Tag Team Champions Big Show & Chris Jericho came out. Jericho told Shad & JTG that things will go "downhill from here" for the new #1 Contenders. The ever confident Jericho then proclaimed that himself and Big Show would "destroy the hopes and dreams" of Cryme Tyme. Jericho then calls himself and Big Show the "perfect team". Shad & JTG interrupt and remind the tag champions of what happened to Show & Jericho on RAW. The duo then vowed to win the Unified Tag Team Titles at SummerSlam. Big Show then tells Cryme Tyme that they are talking because himself and Jericho "allow" them to and that they know what it is like to be champions of all types. "The World’s Largest Athlete" then proclaims that he is "bigger and better" than everyone. Jericho then states that "the party will be over at SummerSlam". Can Cryme Tyme overcome Show & Jericho? How does the #1 Contenders plan to deal with the sheer size of Big Show and the cunning of Chris Jericho?
Backstage, former World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk makes an appearance and states that he believes that Jeff taking the title from him at the Night of Champions was an "upset". Punk then proclaims that he can not respect someone who lives the Jeff Hardy lifestyle. "The Straightedge Superstar" then says that he wishes that everyone could be "straightedge" like him.
The Divas were in tag team action as the team of Melina & Eve Torres defeated the team of Women’s Champion Michelle McCool & Layla with Melina pinning the Women’s Champion! Will Melina get another shot at Michelle McCool and the Women’s Championship?
After successfully defending the Intercontinental Championship at the Night of Champions, Rey Mysterio teamed up with Finlay to defeat the team of Dolph Ziggler & Mike Knox with Rey pinning Ziggler for the win.
Before his big match for the World Heavyweight Title, John Morrison makes an appearance backstage and congratulates the new champion, Jeff Hardy. "The Friday Night Delight" proclaimed that neither he or Jeff Hardy will "hold anything back" and that he will take the World Heavyweight Title from Jeff Hardy.
The Great Khali was in action as "The Punjabi Nightmare" squared off with Charlie Haas. In the middle of the contest, Kane entered the ring and got the attention of The Great Khali. Kane quickly slipped out of the ring and grabbed a hold of Khali’s translator, Ranjin Singh. Kane lured Khali out of the ring with Singh and "The Big Red Monster" then threw Singh down on the steel ramp. The Great Khali checked on his fallen comrade as Kane backed away, pleased with his actions.
Then it was time for the main event as the World Heavyweight Championship was on the line as Jeff Hardy defended the newly acquired title against John Morrison. In a classic bout between these two resilient high-flyers, it was Jeff Hardy that was able to put John Morrison away and retain the World Heavyweight Championship. After the match had concluded, CM Punk made his way to the ring and actually raised the hand of the new champion! Punk then initiated one of the most brutal assaults ever seen on SmackDown as "The Straightedge Superstar" blasted Jeff Hardy in the head with a microphone, which busted the champion wide open. As the blood poured from the head of Jeff Hardy, CM Punk threw Jeff to the outside and continued the evil assault on the new champion; throwing Jeff several times into the ringside barricade. Punk then delivered several vicious elbow shots to the head of a helpless Jeff Hardy before walking away from the scene, proud of his actions. However, Punk came back and dished out more punishment on Jeff Hardy with several kicks to the back. Punk then threw Jeff over the announce table and finally left the ringside area as EMT’s attended to the battered and bloody champion. CM Punk then revealed that he will be getting his rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship on next week’s SmackDown and that he will take "his" title back! How can Jeff Hardy possibly defend the World Heavyweight Title just one week removed from such a heinous assault? Will CM Punk be allowed to have his rematch if Jeff is unable to compete? Has CM Punk won himself the World Heavyweight Title a week ahead of time with this assault on Jeff Hardy?