The 522nd edition of WWE SmackDown came to you from the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO.
Quick Match Results
- 6-Man Tag: Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, & Chris Jericho def. Rey Mysterio & Cryme Tyme by Dolph Ziggler pinning Rey Mysterio following the Knockout Punch by Big Show.
- Finlay def. Mike Knox by DQ after Mike Knox ignored the referee’s five-count.
- Melina & Maria def. Natalya & Layla by Melina pinning Natalya with the Last Call.
- 6-Man Tag: The Hardys (in their in-ring return) & John Morrison def. CM Punk & The Hart Dynasty by Matt Hardy pinning CM Punk following the Twist of Fate.
- The Hardys & John Morrison Vs. CM Punk & The Hart Dynasty
- Dolph Ziggler, Big Show, & Chris Jericho Vs. Rey Mysterio & Cryme Tyme
- Melina & Maria Vs. Natalya & Layla
- Finlay Vs. Mike Knox
The night started off with a 6-Man Tag Match putting the team of Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio & the #1 Contenders for the Unified Tag Team Titles, Cryme Tyme, against the team of the #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Title, Dolph Ziggler, and the reigning Unified Tag Team Champions Big Show & Chris Jericho. In a match with big SummerSlam implications, it all came down to a powerful giant and an opportunistic #1 Contender to end the match as Dolph Ziggler pinned his SummerSlam opponent, Rey Mysterio, after Big Show delivered a skull-rattling knockout punch to his smaller adversary. Regardless of the events surrounding the win, Dolph Ziggler did pin the Intercontinental Champion; will this Sunday be the day that Dolph Ziggler captures the Intercontinental Championship by defeating Rey Mysterio?
For the first time since his return a few weeks ago, Matt Hardy spoke about his relationship with his brother in an exclusive interview. The elder Hardy stated that he has always protected Jeff throughout both of their lives and that he wants to put all of his motivations for his actions out in the open. Matt admitted that turning on his little brother was a "huge mistake" and that he will never be able to forgive himself for that mistake. Matt then declared that he and Jeff will "move past" their former rivalry and that nothing makes him happier than teaming with Jeff once again. How will the reunited Hardys do in the main event?
"The Big Red Monster" Kane made an appearance and proclaimed that he is "the only true giant on SmackDown" and that The Great Khali has never been a "monster". Kane then stated that Khali "cares" while he "detests". Kane then vowed to "end the myth of The Great Khali" at SummerSlam. "The Big Red Machine" then advises Khali to be afraid of him. An angry Great Khali then came out and Kane opted to grab a steel chair to fend off the angry giant. However, Khali knocked the steel chair out of Kane’s hands! Motivated by revenge for his fallen brother, Khali assaulted Kane in the middle of the ring. Khali then picked up the steel chair, but Kane escaped the wrath of Khali on this night. What will happen when these two behemoths clash this Sunday at SummerSlam? Will Khali avenge the brutal assault on himself and his brother Ranjin Singh or will the sadistic Kane find a way to defeat the angry giant?
Following his vicious attack last week, Mike Knox squared off with his victim from last week, Finlay. The two hard-hitting brawlers did just that, brawl. However, "Monstrous" Mike Knox brawled a little too much and found himself getting disqualified after ignoring the five-count of the referee! After the match, "The Evil Genius" Mike Knox went to work on Finlay, brutally assaulting "The Belfast Brawler" in a similar manner as last week. However, Finlay found his "great equalizer"; the shillelagh. Finlay got a shot in on the mid-section of Knox, but it was not enough to take the big man down! Knox responded with a vicious big boot. The diabolical Knox then blasted Finlay in the skull with the steel ring steps! If his shillelagh can’t assist him with his issue with Mike Knox, how can Finlay combat his bigger adversary? How long can Finlay sustain the damage dealt out by Knox?
With an unreal amount of tables, ladders, and chairs in the arena, World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy made an appearance. The champion addresses the situation with him and his brother by proclaiming that he and Matt are at "peace". Jeff then climbed the ladder and perched himself at the very top of the ladder. Jeff then stated that he was dealt an "unfair hand" last week when WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon forced him to compete in his weakened state. Jeff then revealed that his doctors advised him to retire following CM Punk’s attacks, but that he has "never listened to doctor’s orders". The World Heavyweight Champion then states that the space between the top of the ladder and the ground below is "his". Jeff then tells CM Punk that it will take more than a chair to defeat him in a TLC Match this Sunday. The #1 Contender, CM Punk, comes out and alleges that Jeff is "probably drunk". The confident #1 Contender then tells Jeff that Jeff’s "living in the moment lifestyle" has gotten him nowhere. "The Straightedge Superstar" then says that everyone calls the TLC Match "Jeff’s match", but the truth is that the TLC Match at SummerSlam will be Jeff’s "last match". CM Punk then proclaims that he will prove that being straightedge makes him "better" than Jeff. CM Punk then claims that he has to "get rid of" Jeff Hardy so that the Jeff Hardy fans can see the light and learn to "just say no". The #1 Contender then vowed to "remove" Jeff and his "bad examples" from the WWE forever! Jeff responds by telling Punk that Punk "can’t win" because the TLC Match is a Hardy specialty. CM Punk then tried to tip the ladder over with Jeff Hardy on it, but the experience World Heavyweight Champion landed on his feet and laid Punk out with the Twist of Fate! What will happen when champion and challenger step into the ring in the 6-Man Tag Team main event?
Women’s Champion Michelle McCool returned to SmackDown and served as a guest commentator for the Divas Tag Match as the former Women’s Champion Melina teamed with Maria to face the team of Natalya & Layla. During the match, Melina came to the outside of the ring and shoved the Women’s Champion to the floor! Melina then got back in the ring and ended up winning the match for herself and Maria!
Then it was time for the return of The Hardys! Together once again, World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy and his older brother, Matt Hardy, reunited and teamed with John Morrison in a 6-Man Tag to face the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, CM Punk, and The Hart Dynasty. In the end, it was Jeff hanging Punk up on the top rope that led to Matt Hardy hitting CM Punk with the Twist of Fate and pinning the #1 Contender! What will happen this Sunday when CM Punk challenged Matt’s brother in a TLC Match? Will "The Straightedge Superstar" get rid of Jeff Hardy like he has vowed to do or will "The Charismatic Champion" continue his reign atop SmackDown and prove that he is better than CM Punk in his own environment?