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WWE Friday Night SmackDown January 22, 2010 Detailed Results

The 544th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the BI-LO Center in Greenville, SC. After defeating Batista in a Steel Cage Match last week, the new #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title at the Royal Rumble, Rey Mysterio, would call out World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker!

Match Results

  • Finlay def. Batista by DQ after Batista dug his fingers into the eyes of Finlay.

After the match, Batista assaulted Finlay by throwing him over the announce table, throwing him into the barricade, then slamming him into the ringpost, and finally, hitting the Batista Bomb in the middle of the ring. After the match, Batista vowed to win the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match and beat The Undertaker at WrestleMania for the World Heavyweight Title.

  • R-Truth & John Morrison def. Chris Jericho & Drew McIntyre by R-Truth pinning Chris Jericho following the Axe Kick.
  • Cryme Tyme and Mike Knox & Charlie Haas fight to a No Contest after Kane comes out.

Kane came out and tossed/shoved all four of the match’s participants over the top rope to announce he is in the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match.

  • Matt Hardy & The Great Khali def. The Hart Dynasty (with Natalya) by Matt Hardy rolling up David Hart Smith.

During the match, Natalya distracted The Great Khali on the outside of the ring, but Matt Hardy was able to roll up David Hart Smith for the quick win.

Match Quality

  1. R-Truth & John Morrison Vs. Chris Jericho & Drew McIntyre
  2. Matt Hardy & The Great Khali Vs. The Hart Dynasty
  3. Finlay Vs. Batista
  4. Cryme Tyme Vs. Mike Knox & Charlie Haas

Detailed Results

After losing a Steel Cage Match to Rey Mysterio last week that determined the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, an irate Batista was in action against “The Fighting Irishman” Finlay in the opening contest. The match came to a sudden and violent halt once Batista dug his fingers into the eyes of Finlay, which led to Batista getting disqualified! The bigger story came after the match was over as Batista ruthlessly tossed Finlay over the announce table, into the ring post, into the barricade, and capped it off with a vicious Batista Bomb in the middle of the ring! After his ruthless assault of Finlay, “The Animal” announced that he will take part in the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match! Batista vowed to win the Royal Rumble Match and go to WrestleMania XXVI to defeat The Undertaker and regain the World Heavyweight Championship! Batista then stated that, at WrestleMania, his reign as World Heavyweight Champion will “begin” and Undertaker’s undefeated WrestleMania streak will “end”. Can Batista outlast such Superstars as Triple H, Shawn Michaels, John Cena, & Chris Jericho in the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match to earn a title opportunity at WrestleMania?

The #1 Contenders for the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles, CM Punk & Luke Gallows, performed another “Straightedge Salvation” on SmackDown. Punk states that they became the #1 Contenders because they are “straightedge” before vowing to defeat D-Generation X for the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles when they challenge the legendary team for the gold on next week’s SmackDown! Punk then vows to win the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match and become the first “Straightedge Royal Rumble Winner”! Punk then turns his attention toe the fans and calls the fans a “weak-minded majority” and alleges that the fans are “reaching out” to him to take them to the “promise land”. Punk then states that he can “wash away” all of their problems and that he can “save” each and every one of them if they pledge allegiance to his “Straightedge Society”. Punk then scans the crowd for a volunteer, but a wild fan takes Punk by surprise and, after initially ordering security to take her away, Punk asks security to release the fan. Punk then asks the fan, named Serena, if she is an “addict” and Serena explains that there are times when she can not stop taking pills! Punk then states that the crowd does not care about her and they do not care about themselves. Punk then asks Serena if she is ready to “pledge allegiance” to the “Straightedge Society” and, after Serena accepts CM Punk as her “savior”, Punk proclaims that Serena will never have to “walk alone” again. Punk then proceeds to shave Serena’s head, much to the enjoyment of the young fan! Punk then proclaims that it happened to Serena and it can happen to everyone else, as well before officially inducting Serena into the “Straightedge Society”! Will Serena and the rest of the “Straightedge Society” be celebrating CM Punk & Luke Gallows winning the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles on next week’s SmackDown or will the legendary D-Generation X hang on to the gold heading into the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match?

In addition to the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles being on the line next week, the Intercontinental Title will also be up for grabs as Drew McIntyre defends the gold against John Morrison in a No Disqualification Match!

Before he faces off against Drew McIntyre in a No Disqualification Match for the Intercontinental Title next week, John Morrison would be forced to compete in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match by SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero and would be competing against Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre & Chris Jericho! Before the match got underway, however, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long came out and revealed that Vickie did not “consult” him about making the match a Handicap Match! Long then changed the Handicap Match into a tag team match and brought out Morrison’s tag partner, R-Truth! At the end of match embroiled in absolute chaos, it was a well-placed kick by John Morrison that set Chris Jericho up for the signature axe kick by R-Truth, which won the match for R-Truth & John Morrison! Can John Morrison dethrone Drew McIntyre when he challenges “The Scottish Superstar” for the Intercontinental Title on next week’s SmackDown in a No Disqualification Match?

Women’s Champion Michelle McCool & Layla made an appearance on SmackDown and McCool stated that she was supposed to defend the Women’s Title against Mickie James at the Royal Rumble, but that Mickie will be leaving SmackDown “forever”! Team Lay-Cool then presents a table with several insulting food items for Mickie James’ “going away party”. The 2009 Diva of the Year Maria interrupts the duo and proclaims that their torturing of Mickie James is ending! Team Lay-Cool then runs down Maria’s participation in the reality series “Celebrity Apprentice”, which Maria responds to by calling Team Lay-Cool “morons”! Mickie James then comes out and states she is getting “tired” of the antics of Team Lay-Cool and says she has dealt with women like them before and that, deep down, they both know that they are “nothing”! Mickie then declares that what she, Maria, and the women around the world look like is what “real women look like”! Mickie states that she is “proud” of the way she is and that she will not let their teasing affect her! Mickie then says that the only ones who will tell her when to leave SmackDown are the fans. Team Lay-Cool resumed their teasing of Mickie James and Mickie states that she will be at the Royal Rumble and she is looking to “embarrass” Team Lay-Cool! A brawl then broke out between the four Divas before Beth Phoenix came out and took Maria out of the ring before Phoenix got a hold of Mickie James and held Mickie as Michelle McCool shoved a pig-shaped cake into the face of the proud Diva! McCool then caps it off by dumping punch on the former Women’s Champion, leaving Mickie in tears. How will Mickie respond to Team Lay-Cool’s escalating means of embarrassment? Has the cruel duo of Divas, along with Beth Phoenix, finally broken Mickie James?

Cryme Tyme was in tag team action on SmackDown as they squared off with Mike Knox & Charlie Haas, but the match was quickly interrupted by “The Big Red Machine” Kane! Kane proceed to toss all four of the match’s competitors over the top rope in a physical announcement that Kane will be taking part in the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match! Kane holds the record for most eliminations in a Royal Rumble Match, but “The Big Red Machine” has never won the Royal Rumble Match. Will that change in this year’s Royal Rumble Match?

The unique pairing of Matt Hardy & The Great Khali was in action on SmackDown as they faced The Hart Dynasty. Natalya used her “womanly ways” to distract The Great Khali in an attempt to assist The Hart Dynasty, but Matt Hardy was somehow able to roll up David Hart Smith and pick up the surprise win over The Hart Dynasty!

Then it was time for the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title at the Royal Rumble, Rey Mysterio, to call out World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker! Mysterio explains that the only thing that is between him and a second reign as the World Heavyweight Champion is The Undertaker and states that he wants to look Undertaker “in the eyes” and tell him that he is “not afraid”! Rey then calls out “The Deadman”, who makes his way to the ring to confront his #1 Contender. Rey tells The Undertaker that he is “willing to do what it takes” to defeat The Undertaker and regain the World Heavyweight Title! Rey then states that Shawn Michaels may win the Royal Rumble Match, but that, come WrestleMania, Undertaker will not be the champion! Rey says that he is going to overcome his “nightmare” to achieve his dream once again before vowing that he will defeat The Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Title! Undertaker then tells Rey that Mysterio has made a career out of doing the “impossible”, but tells Rey that “no one triumphs over the grave” and that Rey is “digging” his own “grave”! Undertaker then tells Rey that Mysterio will “rest in peace” at the Royal Rumble! The Undertaker then takes his leave from the ring, but Rey calls the name of “The Deadman” and stops The Undertaker before proclaiming that he is “not like the others”, but Rey is attacked from behind by Batista, who lays the #1 Contender out with the Batista Bomb! As The Undertaker approaches the ring, Batista quickly makes his exit from the ring; avoiding a confrontation with the World Heavyweight Champion! How will The Undertaker and Rey Mysterio respond to the actions of Batista? What does this mean for the World Heavyweight Title match at the Royal Rumble?