The 558th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Giant Center in Hershey, PA. SmackDown would feature the newest SmackDown Superstars taking on the outgoing RAW Superstars as new SmackDown Superstar Kofi Kingston will get his opportunity to make an immediate impact on Friday Nights as he goes one-on-one with the newly drafted Chris Jericho! For the first time since WrestleMania, new SmackDown Superstar Cody Rhodes would be in action against new RAW Superstar “The Monday Night Delight” John Morrison!
- Kofi Kingston def. Chris Jericho by pin following Trouble in Paradise.
- Cody Rhodes (in his return to action) def. John Morrison by pin following Cross Rhodes.
- Beth Phoenix & Kelly Kelly def. Team Lay-Cool (with Vickie Guerrero) by Kelly Kelly pinning Layla following the Kelly Killer.
- MVP & Rey Mysterio def. The Straightedge Society by MVP pinning Luke Gallows following a modified STO.
The show kicks off with the General Manager of SmackDown, Theodore Long, who stated that SmackDown got the “better” end of things before introducing one of the newest additions to the SmackDown roster, Kofi Kingston, who would go one-on-one with one of the newest RAW Superstars, Chris Jericho, who stated that the time has come for him to leave SmackDown and become the “face of RAW”! Jericho continues that the void of his absence will be felt on Friday Nights and urges the fans to “move on” and to “grow up”! Kofi interjects and tells Jericho to “shut up” and says he will shut Jericho up! In his first night as a SmackDown Superstar, Kofi Kingston made an immediate impact by hitting Trouble in Paradise en route to pinning Chris Jericho to pick up a huge win! What heights will Kofi Kingston reach now that the high-flyer is a SmackDown Superstar?
Backstage, Chris Jericho confronts an old ally and stated that the show will be “nothing” without him and asked the person if he is even listening to him! Jericho is then knocked out by the huge right hand of “The World’s Largest Athlete” and new SmackDown Superstar, Big Show! What kind of impact will Big Show have on Friday Nights?
After being drafted back to SmackDown in the 2010 WWE Supplemental Draft, Chavo Guerrero appeared on SmackDown and encouraged the WWE fans to welcome their “favorite” Superstar back to SmackDown! Chavo is then “met” by the welcoming party, Kane, as “The Big Red Machine” welcomes Chavo back with a thunderous chokeslam!
As the new additions to SmackDown continue to try and make their mark on Friday Nights, new SmackDown Superstar Cody Rhodes would compete in his first match since being punted by Randy Orton at WrestleMania as Rhodes would go one-on-one with one of the newest additions to RAW, “The Guru of Greatness” John Morrison! In the end, it was Cody Rhodes hitting Cross Rhodes en route to picking up a huge win over John Morrison! What does the future hold for the second-generation Superstar, Cody Rhodes?
After being drafted to RAW on Monday, “The Rated-R Superstar” Edge made a special appearance on SmackDown to deliver his farewell address to the SmackDown fans! Edge admits that he does not “want to go” to RAW because he has always felt like SmackDown was his and the fans have supported him throughout his “trials and tribulations” before telling the fans that, from the bottom of his heart, he “loves” them! Business certainly picked on SmackDown with the arrival of the legendary partner and rival of Edge as “Captain Charisma” Christian arrived on SmackDown! Edge starts by wishing his best friend “luck” on Friday Night SmackDown! Christian says that everyone remembers the “history” of Edge & Christian and that they have known each other since they were kids and that they have held the tag team titles seven times together and he knows Edge possibly more than Edge knows himself! Christian then states that he “knows” that what Edge just said was a “load of crap” and that he just “used” the fans to get what he wanted! Edge then says that he is a nine-time World Champion and that Christian is yet to win a single World Title! Christian responds by saying that, when he does win a World Title, it will be on his own and he will not “step on other people’s necks” to get there before calling Edge a “liar”! Edge then admits that it is all true and that he has manipulated the fans and that he “enjoyed every second of it”! Christian responds by saying that people have been asking when Edge & Christian would reunite and run with the tag gold, but that he has realized that Edge “used” him as well! Christian then states that he does not want to see “Edge & Christian” anymore, he would rather see “Edge Vs. Christian” right then and there! The former friends and tag team partners then look like they are ready to square off, but Edge tells Christian “no”, but as soon as Christian turns his back, Edge attacks Christian and hits “Captain Charisma” with a big boot before he was set to hit the Spear, but Christian countered and the two brawled before Christian set Edge up for the Killswitch, but Edge was able to escape Christian and the ring! Now that Edge has revealed his true intentions and is now gone from SmackDown on RAW, is this conflict between Edge & Christian over? What kind of impact will Christian make on Friday Night SmackDown?
Backstage, Edge finds himself coming face-to-face with an old rival in “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, who says that it is a shame that the fans will not get to see the Edge Vs. Christian match and it is a shame that they will also not get to see an Edge Vs. Big Show match before Big Show leaves “The Rated-R Superstar” laying with the vicious Knockout Punch!
Five nights after dethroning Michelle McCool in the first ever Extreme Makeover Match at WWE Extreme Rules, new Women’s Champion Beth Phoenix was in action on SmackDown as “The Glamazon” would team with one of the newest SmackDown Divas, Kelly Kelly to face former Women’s Champion Michelle McCool & Layla! In the end, it was Kelly Kelly hitting the Kelly Killer on Layla en route to picking up the win! While she teamed with the champion successfully, does Kelly Kelly have her sights set on the Women’s Championship?
After putting Hornswoggle to sleep with the sleeper hold on RAW, “The Platinum Superstar” Dolph Ziggler made an appearance on SmackDown and stated that he did everyone a “favor” and that what he did on RAW the “proudest moment” of his career! Dolph then vowed that no one will ever see Hornswoggle again and stated that he put Hornswoggle to sleep and now Hornswoggle is in “leprechaun heaven”! Have we really seen the last of Hornswoggle?
Backstage, Matt Hardy discusses the assault by Drew McIntyre on last week’s SmackDown by stating that he has had a lot of injuries in his career, but “nothing” like what McIntyre has done to him! Matt then vows that he will come back, because he “always” comes back, but Matt’s interview was abruptly brought to an end as Drew McIntyre attacked Matt Hardy yet again before the diabolical Intercontinental Champion delivered a disturbing Future Shock DDT to Matt Hardy on the cold concrete floor! After yet another heinous attack by Drew McIntyre, will Matt Hardy ever be seen again?
Five nights after retaining his hair in a match against Rey Mysterio at WWE Extreme Rules, “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk, along with his Straightedge Society of Luke Gallows & Serena, made an appearance on SmackDown. A proud CM Punk vows that the “sobering reality” is that he “single-handedly” defeated Rey Mysterio at WWE Extreme Rules, despite Luke Gallows & Serena being ejected from ringside! CM Punk is then interrupted by one of the newest SmackDown Superstars as “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP comes out and tells CM Punk that he is about to make SmackDown “hot” again before attacking The Straightedge Society! After the numbers game became too much for MVP, Rey Mysterio came out and made the save as MVP & Mysterio sent The Straightedge Society packing!
As a result of the four Superstars physical confrontation, an impromptu tag match took place as the team of new SmackDown Superstar, “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP, and Rey Mysterio took on CM Punk & Luke Gallows of The Straightedge Society! In the end, it was the 619 of Rey Mysterio that led to MVP hitting a modified STO en route to picking up the win for himself and Mysterio! However, after the match, the same mysterious hooded figure that helped CM Punk at WWE Extreme Rules appeared once again and laid out Mysterio with a modified neckbreaker! Who is this new ally of The Straightedge Society?
Five nights after successfully defending the World Heavyweight Championship in an Extreme Rules Match against Randy Orton at WWE Extreme Rules, World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger made an appearance on SmackDown and stated that when he was a kid, his father told him that he would one day be a World Champion! “The All-American Champion” continued to list his accomplishments from youth until the present day before proclaiming that his “crowning achievement” was winning the World Heavyweight Title and vows that he is going to be World Heavyweight Champion until he “retires”! SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long comes out states that what everyone wants to hear is the identity of the new #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Championship before revealing that the new #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title is none other than “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show! Show comes out and tells Swagger that there is one accomplishment that Swagger forgot to mention in his speech and that is “early retirement”! Big Show then proceeded to deliver the huge Knockout Punch to leave the World Heavyweight Champion laid out! In what is, no doubt, his “largest” test as the World Heavyweight Champion, can Jack Swagger survive Big Show or will “The World’s Largest Athlete” become known as World Heavyweight Champion?