The 553rd edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. Just two days before they all compete in the WrestleMania tradition known as the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, SmackDown would feature a huge RAW Vs. SmackDown 10-Man Tag Match as Christian, MVP, Evan Bourne, Jack Swagger, & Kofi Kingston would represent RAW as they face Kane, Matt Hardy, Dolph Ziggler, Shelton Benjamin, & Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre from SmackDown. Before he and John Morrison challenges The Miz & Big Show for the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania, R-Truth would be in action as he would face one of his WrestleMania opponents in “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show. After being laid out by Beth Phoenix two weeks ago, SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero has challenged the two-time Women’s Champion to a one-on-one match on SmackDown in Vickie’s first one-on-one match against a Diva. SmackDown would also present exclusive footage of the festivities of WrestleMania Axxess in Phoenix, where the fans get the ultimate WrestleMania and WWE experience.
- RAW Vs. SmackDown 10-Man Tag: Money-in-the-Bank Preview: Kane, Matt Hardy, Dolph Ziggler, Shelton Benjamin, & Drew McIntyre def. Christian, MVP, Evan Bourne, Jack Swagger, & Kofi Kingston by Drew McIntyre pinning Christian following the Future Shock DDT.
- 5-on-1 Handicap Match: Vickie Guerrero, Michelle McCool, Maryse, Layla, & Alicia Fox def. Beth Phoenix by Vickie Guerrero pinning Beth Phoenix following a big boot by Michelle McCool.
Before their scheduled one-on-one match, SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero announced that her match against Beth Phoenix will be a 5-on-1 Handicap Match as Vickie would be joined by Women’s Champion Michelle McCool, Divas Champion Maryse, Layla, & Alicia Fox. Following a vicious kick by Michelle McCool, Vickie demanded that she be tagged into the match before pinning Phoenix for the win.
- Big Show (with The Miz) def. R-Truth (with John Morrison) by DQ after John Morrison interferes.
The show kicks off with the opening match of the night as the participants in the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match would square off in a huge 10-Man RAW Vs. SmackDown Tag Team Match as the reluctant team of Kane, Matt Hardy, Dolph Ziggler, Shelton Benjamin, & Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre would represent SmackDown against Christian, MVP, Evan Bourne, Jack Swagger, & Kofi Kingston from RAW! After the match broke down with all ten Superstars squaring off, it was a blind tag by the opportunistic Intercontinental Champion that led to Drew McIntyre hitting the Future Shock DDT on Christian en route to picking up the win for his team! After the match, McIntyre pulled a ladder out from under the ring and set it up in the ring before climbing it in a symbolical move to what could be the scene this Sunday night at WrestleMania, but the other nine competitors sent a message to McIntyre, as well as each other, by tipping the ladder over, sending McIntyre to the mat before slamming McIntyre with the ladder! Which of these ten Superstars will win the Money-in-the-Bank title shot this Sunday at WrestleMania?
Then it was time for SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero to compete in her first ever Divas Match as Vickie would face two-time Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix! Before the match begins, Vickie announces that, in the “spirit of competition”, the match will be a 5-on-1 Handicap Match as Vickie would be joined by Women’s Champion Michelle McCool, Divas Champion Maryse, Layla, & Alicia Fox! Following a vicious kick to the head by Michelle McCool, SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero demanded that she be tagged in before pinning Beth Phoenix to pick up the win! After the match, Vickie was coaxed to do a frog splash off of the top rope, but the “festivities” were interrupted by the former Women’s Champion Mickie James, Gail Kim, Kelly Kelly, & Eve Torres, who cleared the ring of McCool, Maryse, Layla, & Alicia Fox, which left Vickie Guerrero alone with Beth Phoenix! “The Glamazon” then proceeded to humiliate the SmackDown Consultant by ripping off the bottoms of Vickie’s ring gear! How will Vickie respond to this utter humiliation at the hands of Beth Phoenix?
Two nights before he defends the World Heavyweight Championship against Edge at WrestleMania, World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho makes an appearance on SmackDown! The confident champion wastes no time in proclaiming that he will defeat Edge at WrestleMania to retain the World Heavyweight Title before touting that Edge has the “tools” to defeat him at WrestleMania, but Edge does not have the “DNA”! Jericho continues by claiming that his “superior DNA” makes him better than Edge and everyone else! Jericho then calls Edge a “reject” and says he will use Edge’s “inferior genetics” against him at WrestleMania and will end the career of Edge! Jericho then tells Edge to “blame” Edge’s “defective DNA” for his loss! Having heard enough of Chris Jericho, Edge comes out with a purpose as he lays Jericho out with a big boot before setting up for the Spear; a Spear that Jericho narrowly avoids by exiting the ring! Edge then picks up the World Heavyweight Title and stands in the middle of the ring holding the championship! Will this be the scene come WrestleMania or will Jericho make good on his promise to end the career of Edge at WrestleMania?
Then it was time for the main event as, two nights before they, and their respective partners, face off for the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles at WrestleMania, R-Truth would go one-on-one with one half of the Unified WWE Tag Team Champions Big Show! After John Morrison took out The Miz on the outside of the ring, R-Truth & John Morrison were faced with Big Show and the lightning-quick duo was able to take down Big Show and, after Truth laid The Miz out with the Lie Detector, the #1 Contenders for the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles were the ones standing tall over the fallen champions! Will R-Truth & John Morrison earn the same result this Sunday at WrestleMania to win the Unified WWE Tag Team Titles or will ShoMiz prove their dominance in their biggest title defense to date?