The 537th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. After suffering a vicious attack at the hands of the chair-wielding Batista, World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker would call out "The Animal".
- R-Truth def. CM Punk by DQ after Luke Gallows interferes.
CM Punk & Luke Gallows attacked and laid out R-Truth like they did to Matt Hardy last week.
- Kane def. Mike Knox by pin following the Big Red Chokeslam.
- #1 Contender’s Match: Triple Threat: Mickie James def. Natalya & Beth Phoenix by pinning Natalya following the Glam Slam by Beth Phoenix; As a result, Mickie James is the new #1 Contender for the Women’s Title.
After the match, Mickie James confronted Women’s Champion Michelle McCool & Layla at ringside and shoved down McCool before attacking Layla. McCool & Layla would fight back with a double team in the ring, but Maria would return and help Mickie even the odds.
- Non-Title: Drew McIntyre def. John Morrison by pin following the Scot Drop.
After the match spilled to the outside of the ring, Drew McIntyre drew John Morrison in to retrieve him from under the ring, but when Morrison approached, McIntyre pulled Morrison’s head into the steel structure of the ring, which led to the victory.
- 2-on-1 Handicap Match: The Hart Dynasty def. Eric Escobar by David Hart Smith pinning Eric Escobar following the Hart Attack.
This match was set up by SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero after Eric Escobar broke up with her last week. Vickie made the match after Escobar refused to apologize and further insulted Vickie. After the match, David Hart Smith held Escobar while Vickie slapped him.
- Non-Title: Jeri-Show def. Cryme Tyme by Big Show pinning Shad following the Knockout Punch.
- Drew McIntyre Vs. John Morrison
- R-Truth Vs. CM Punk
- #1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match
- Kane Vs. Mike Knox
- Jeri-Show Vs. Cryme Tyme
- 2-on-1 Handicap Match
The opening match of the night saw rivals CM Punk & R-Truth face off. However, much like last week, “The Straightedge Disciple” Luke Gallows interfered in the match. After the match, Punk & Gallows assaulted R-Truth before Gallows laid Truth out with his innovatively vicious powerbomb! Can anyone stop the straightedge crusade of CM Punk now that Luke Gallows is backing up “The Straightedge Superstar”?
After controversially losing the opportunity to face his brother for the World Heavyweight Championship last week, Kane was in action on SmackDown, picking up an impressive victory over “Monstrous” Mike Knox.
As Women’s Champion Michelle McCool and her “partner in crime” Layla sat at ringside, a Triple Threat Match took place on SmackDown to determine the new #1 Contender for the Women’s Title as Mickie James, Natalya, & Beth Phoenix all fought for the opportunity! While the powerhouse Divas, Natalya & Beth Phoenix, clashed for much of the match it was Mickie James who took advantage of Beth Phoenix’s Glam Slam that led to Mickie becoming the new #1 Contender for the Women’s Title!
After the match, Mickie confronted her tormenters, Michelle McCool & Layla, on the outside of the ring. Mickie then shoved the Women’s Champion to the floor before engaging in a brawl with Layla! However, McCool would recover, as would Layla, and the two Divas double-teamed Mickie until the returning Maria aided Mickie! Mickie & Maria then sent the diabolical duo of Divas packing before celebrating in the ring! How will McCool & Layla react to the return of Maria? When will Mickie James get her shot at the Women’s Title?
Backstage, General Manager Theodore Long informs Batista that, just two days before “The Animal” challenges The Undertaker in a Chairs Match for the World Heavyweight Championship, he will have to face the man he assaulted at Bragging Rights and again at Survivor Series, Rey Mysterio, in a Street Fight next week! Will Mysterio extract revenge from Batista or will “The Altered Beast” further injure his former best friend?
In non-title action, Intercontinental Champion John Morrison went one-on-one with Drew McIntyre. After the match spilled to the outside of the ring, “The Sinister Scotsman” Drew McIntyre looked like he was seeking refuge underneath the ring. However, the cunning McIntyre drew Morrison in and, once Morrison was close enough, McIntyre bounced the skull of the Intercontinental Champion off the steel structure of the ring! With Morrison completely out of it, McIntyre rolled Morrison into the ring and delivered his signature DDT to pick up the win over the Intercontinental Champion!
As announced on WWE.com, John Morrison will defend the Intercontinental Championship against Drew McIntyre at WWE TLC! Can Morrison continue his impressive reign as Intercontinental Champion or will McIntyre claim his first championship by dethroning Morrison?
The Official SmackDown Consultant, Vickie Guerrero, made an appearance to discuss her breakup with Eric Escobar last week. Vickie stated that she was “publicly humiliated” last week by Eric Escobar and Escobar will “face the consequences”! The Consultant then ordered her ex-boyfriend to come to the ring and either apologize to Vickie or lose his job! Escobar complied with Vickie, but stated that he was “sorry”, but that he was “sorry” that they even “met” and he was “sorry” that he “wasted” his time with her! An irate Vickie said that firing Escobar would be “too easy” and declared that Escobar would face The Hart Dynasty in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match!
By the order of Consultant Vickie Guerrero, the match took place with The Hart Dynasty picking up the win over the lone Eric Escobar. After the match, David Hart Smith held Escobar as Vickie delivered a vicious slap to the face of her estranged ex-boyfriend! Is the punishment over or just beginning for Eric Escobar?
With their TLC Match for the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles on the horizon, Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show were in action on SmackDown as Jeri-Show picked up a win over Cryme Tyme. Can Chris Jericho survive both members of DX when he faces them in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match on this Monday’s RAW? How will the Handicap Match affect Jeri-Show heading into WWE TLC?
World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker was on his way to the ring to call out Batista for his actions last week, but “The Animal” struck again as Batista blind-sided Undertaker with a chair shot to the back of “The Phenom”! In an even more vicious assault than last week’s, Batista completely battered the World Heavyweight Champion with steel chair shots in and out of the ring! Once back in the ring, Batista leveled Undertaker with a chair shot to the skull, followed by a spinebuster on a steel chair, and, finally, a shot with the World Heavyweight Title belt! Batista then stood tall with title and chair in hand over his demolished WWE TLC opponent. What will happen on next week’s SmackDown when Batista faces Rey Mysterio in a Street Fight? Will The Undertaker be seeking revenge for the vicious steel chair-aided assaults of the last two weeks?