The 557th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Two nights before he defends the World Heavyweight Title against Randy Orton in an Extreme Rules Match at WWE Extreme Rules, World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger would go one-on-one with “The Friday Night Delight” John Morrison in a non-title match.
- Non-Title: John Morrison def. Jack Swagger by pin with Starship Pain.
- Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler def. R-Truth & Matt Hardy by referee stoppage after the referee deemed that Matt Hardy was no longer able to compete.
During the match, on the outside, Drew McIntyre stomped the head of Matt Hardy into the steel steps, which led to the match being stopped.
- JTG def. Mike Knox by pin following the modified neckbreaker.
- Michelle McCool & Layla def. Beth Phoenix & Mickie James by Layla pinning Mickie James following a modified neckbreaker.
- The Straightedge Society (with Serena) def. Rey Mysterio & Kane by CM Punk sitting down on a roll-up attempt by Rey Mysterio.
Before he went one-on-one with John Morrison, World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger opens the show and says that he beat two future Hall of Famers last week in Edge & Chris Jericho and, on RAW, he “dominated” The Undertaker in a way that even Shawn Michaels could not do and says it is because he is the “greatest natural competitor in the WWE”! Swagger continues that he “looks” like a “champion” and hopes that he remains on SmackDown where his championship ability can “flourish”! Swagger states that he plans to “dominate” Randy Orton at WWE Extreme Rules and give everyone a “champion that can transcend generations” and says that he is not a “normal man”, but the “antidote” for the venom of “The Viper”! Swagger then vows to “cut off the head” of “The Viper” this Sunday!
After his bold words regarding his title defense against Randy Orton this Sunday at WWE Extreme Rules, World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger went one-on-one with John Morrison in a non-title match! In the end, it was John Morrison who was able to hit Starship Pain en route to pinning the World Heavyweight Champion and picking up the big win in a hard-fought match! Going into WWE Extreme Rules with a loss, can Jack Swagger rebound and defeat Randy Orton in an Extreme Rules Match this Sunday to retain the World Heavyweight Title or will Randy Orton dethrone the new champion?
After being laid out by Drew McIntyre the last few weeks, Matt Hardy would team with R-Truth as the duo would face Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre and the Superstar who put R-Truth out with the sleeper last week, Dolph Ziggler! During the match, after Matt Hardy was thrown to the outside, the heinous Drew McIntyre stomped Matt Hardy’s skull into the steel steps on the outside! Despite this horrendous attack, Matt Hardy tried to continue, but was in no condition to compete and, thus, the referee stopped the match to protect Matt from any further injury. After the match, R-Truth, along with an EMT and the referee attempted to help Matt out of the arena, but McIntyre struck again as the Intercontinental Champion rammed the back of Matt’s head into the steel steps before shouting to Matt that he never wants to see him again! What is the condition of Matt Hardy? Has Drew McIntyre ended Matt’s legendary career?
With a steel cage like the one he will face Edge in at WWE Extreme Rules surrounding the ring, Chris Jericho, along with his NXT Rookie Wade Barrett, made an appearance inside the unforgiving steel entrapment! Jericho starts by vowing to “end” the career of Edge at WWE Extreme Rules; meaning no more “heroic returns” and no more “Spear”! Jericho threatens that Edge has “no idea” what “lengths” he will go to in order to end Edge’s career and send Edge “home” where he “belongs”! Jericho vows that he will “draft” Edge to a hospital bed and that, after WWE Extreme Rules, the fans will no longer chant “Spear”, but will instead chant “goodbye Edge”! This brings out “The Rated-R Superstar” himself, Edge, who admits that Jericho did “injure” his ankle and he is pretty “banged up”, but vows that “nothing” will stop him from getting inside the cage at WWE Extreme Rules and “nothing” will stop him from getting into the cage then and there! Edge then enters the steel cage with Jericho & Barrett and tells Jericho that he knows how to “come back” from an injury because he has done it many times before, something that Jericho has not done! A deranged Edge then says that he has “nothing to lose” and says that, at WWE Extreme Rules, there is “nothing” to stop him from spearing him through the steel cage and there is “nothing” stopping him at that moment! Edge then hits Jericho and, after overcoming the two-on-one odds over Jericho and his NXT Rookie, Wade Barrett, Edge was set to Spear Jericho, but Jericho quickly escapes the cage and escapes the Spear! However, in Jericho’s haste to escape, he left his NXT Rookie, Wade Barrett, behind and Edge took his aggressions out on the Rookie by ramming Barrett’s face into the steel mesh before laying out Barrett with the Spear! Can Chris Jericho survive the Steel Cage Match against Edge this Sunday at WWE Extreme Rules when he is the one locked inside?
Two nights before his Strap Match at WWE Extreme Rules and with his Extreme Rules opposition, Shad Gaspard, on commentary at ringside, JTG was in action on SmackDown as he went one-on-one with Mike Knox. In the end, it was JTG hitting his patented neckbreaker on Knox en route to picking up the win! After the match, Shad Gaspard entered the ring and assaulted JTG with the leather strap before aggressively shouting at JTG that it is his “time”! What will happen this Sunday night when these two former friends and tag team partners are tied together by a leather strap in a Strap Match?
Before she was in action on SmackDown, it was announced that Michelle McCool will defend her Women’s Title against Beth Phoenix this Sunday at WWE Extreme Rules in the first ever “Extreme Makeover Match”! What is this match all about? Can Beth Phoenix dethrone Michelle McCool as the Women’s Champion?
The Divas were in action on SmackDown as Mickie James would team with “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix to face Team Lay-Cool; Women’s Champion Michelle McCool & Layla! In the end, it was a vicious kick by Michelle McCool that allowed Layla to hit a modified neckbreaker on Mickie James and pick up the win for Team Lay-Cool! After the match, Team Lay-Cool assaulted “The Glamazon” by putting her through an ironing board and delivering a vicious kick to the head of Phoenix! With Phoenix down and out, Team Lay-Cool embarrassed Phoenix by rubbing makeup all over the face of Beth Phoenix! How will Beth Phoenix respond to this humiliation at WWE Extreme Rules?
Before his match on SmackDown, CM Punk stated that he will let his actions do the talking at WWE Extreme Rules and vows that his hair will remain on top of his head and it will remain “pure”! CM Punk then shows a barber chair set up at ringside and announces that “someone” will get their head shaved on SmackDown!
Then it was time for the tag team main event as, two nights before they go one-on-one with CM Punk’s hair on the line at WWE Extreme Rules, CM Punk & Rey Mysterio was in action on SmackDown as CM Punk and his “Straightedge Disciple” Luke Gallows would face the team of Rey Mysterio & “The Big Red Machine” Kane! In the end, it was CM Punk sitting down on a roll-up attempt by Rey Mysterio that allowed Punk to pick up the momentum-building win! After the match, Punk attacks Rey, but Rey counters and ends up sending Punk into the barber chair at ringside! Rey was set to shave Punk’s head before WWE Extreme Rules, but, luckily for CM Punk, Serena prevented the head-shaving and Punk was narrowly able to escape! Will CM Punk escape with his hair intact this Sunday or will Rey Mysterio beat Punk and ensure that Punk gets shaved bald?