Five nights after WWE Hell in a Cell, the 529th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Sovereign Bank Arena in Trenton, NJ.
Quick Match Results
- Rey Mysterio (in his return to SmackDown) def. Chris Jericho by pin following the 619NS.
- Non-Title: Michelle McCool def. Eve Torres by pin following a big boot.
- Intercontinental Championship: John Morrison (c) (with Maria) def. Dolph Ziggler by pin following the Flying Chuck Kick to retain.
- Kane & Drew McIntyre def. Matt Hardy & R-Truth by Drew McIntyre pinning Matt Hardy following the Scot Drop.
- CM Punk def. Batista by count-out.
- Rey Mysterio Vs. Chris Jericho
- Intercontinental Championship
- CM Punk Vs. Batista
- Kane & Drew McIntyre Vs. Matt Hardy & R-Truth
- Michelle McCool Vs. Eve Torres
With a new World Heavyweight Champion now reigning over SmackDown, the show started off with SmackDown General Manager, Theodore Long, who congratulated The Undertaker on winning the title inside Hell in a Cell on Sunday The GM then proclaims that SmackDown is the "dominant brand" in the WWE. Theodore Long then stated that, if John Cena loses his Iron Man Match against Randy Orton at Bragging Rights and forced to leave RAW, that Cena is welcome to come to SmackDown. CM Punk interrupts the GM and states that "SmackDown doesn’t need John Cena" and says that Long should focus on him and his guaranteed rematch for the World Heavyweight Championship. The former World Heavyweight Champion then delivers his terms to Long; saying that he wants his rematch against The Undertaker to be a Submission Match with Scott Armstrong as the referee and Theodore Long at ringside! Long started to dispute Punk’s rematch demands, but was interrupted by none other than the Chairman of WWE, Mr. McMahon! The Chairman tells Long that his "patience is wearing thin" and that neither CM Punk or World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker will like what Long has planned. "The Boss" then questioned Long on why the GM keeps getting on the bad side of The Undertaker. The Chairman then reveals that, at WWE Bragging Rights, the World Heavyweight Title will be on the line in a Fatal 4-Way Match as The Undertaker defends the title against three former World Heavyweight Champions; CM Punk, Rey Mysterio, & Batista! What a task dealt to "The Deadman" for his first title defense since becoming the new champion. Can even The Undertaker overcome the unfavorable odds of a Fatal 4-Way Match?
One of the three challengers for the World Heavyweight Title at Bragging Rights was in action as Rey Mysterio returned to SmackDown as he went one-on-one with his familiar foe and one-half of the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions, Chris Jericho. After suffering through the Walls of Jericho and missing two 619’s, "The Ultimate Underdog" was able to hit Jericho with the 619 and pin the tag champion for the win! Will the quickness and unpredictability of Rey Mysterio lead to a second title reign for "The Master of the 619"?
One week after successfully defending her Women’s Title against Melina at the Decade of SmackDown celebration, Michelle McCool was in non-title action on SmackDown, picking up the win over Eve Torres. Who will be the next Diva to challenge McCool for the prestigious Women’s Championship?
Speaking of championships, the Intercontinental Championship was up for grabs on SmackDown as John Morrison defended the gold against Dolph Ziggler in a rematch from WWE Hell in a Cell this past Sunday. In the middle of the bout, Ziggler’s girlfriend, Maria, came down and had a seat at ringside to cheer on her boyfriend. However, things got interesting when both Morrison & Ziggler found themselves on the outside of the ring. After throwing Morrison back into the ring, Ziggler grabbed the steel chair that Maria was using to sit on and leaned it up against the ring apron and got back into the match. What Ziggler did not see was that, after he entered the ring, Maria retrieved the chair and sat back down on it. When Ziggler went looking for his "backup", it was not there and the distraction of him discovering the chair was gone and then discovering that Maria was using it was enough for John Morrison to capitalize on the distraction and pin Dolph Ziggler to retain the Intercontinental Championship! After successfully defending the Intercontinental Title against Dolph Ziggler twice this week, has John Morrison seen the last of Dolph Ziggler?
Backstage, Maria is trying to talk to a frustrated Dolph Ziggler and Ziggler informs Maria that he wanted to keep his professional life and his personal life separate. Dolph then proclaimed that he sees the lights and the big time for him in his professional life, but he does not see Maria in his personal life!
Five nights removed from defeating CM Punk for the World Heavyweight Championship inside the demonic Hell in a Cell, The Undertaker made an appearance on SmackDown. The new World Heavyweight Champion proclaimed that the title he holds is the "holy grail" of SmackDown and that those who seek the title will find themselves in his "yard", and for some, it will be their "graveyard". The mysterious man in black then discussed his three opponents at Bragging Rights as he declared that he took CM Punk’s title at WWE Hell in a Cell, but at Bragging Rights, he would take Punk’s "soul". The new champion then vowed to show "no mercy" to Rey Mysterio and stated that Batista’s "strength and rage" will not save his "soul" come Bragging Rights. "The Phenom" then proclaims that, one-by-one, they will all "rest in peace". Will The Undertaker walk out of Bragging Rights with the World Heavyweight Title still intact or will one his three challengers regain the gold?
Then it was time for the main event as two of the three challengers for the World Heavyweight Title at Bragging Rights squared off as "The Straightedge Superstar" CM Punk went one-on-one with "The Animal" Batista. In the end, it was the quickness and cunning of CM Punk that led to Punk getting a count-out victory over Batista! However, CM Punk’s celebration was short-lived as "The Animal" laid CM Punk out with a thunderous Batista Bomb! In just a couple of weeks, four men will go to war over the World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal 4-Way Match. Who will emerge victorious and what will the unique setup of the Fatal 4-Way mean for the four combatants?