The 559th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, SC. Last week, World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger learned the identity of the new #1 Contender for his World Heavyweight Title as it was revealed to be none other than “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show! On this week’s SmackDown, “The All-American Champion” would square off with a different monster as Jack Swagger would go one-on-one with “The Big Red Machine” Kane in a non-title match!
- MVP (with Rey Mysterio) def. Luke Gallows (with CM Punk & Serena) by pin following the Play of the Day.
- Team Lay-Cool (with Vickie Guerrero) def. Kelly Kelly & Tiffany by Layla pinning Tiffany following the Lay Out.
- Intercontinental Championship Tournament: Semi-Finals: Kofi Kingston def. Dolph Ziggler by pin following Trouble In Paradise to advance.
- Intercontinental Championship Tournament: Semi-Finals: Christian def. Cody Rhodes by pin following the Killswitch to advance.
- Non-Title: Kane def. Jack Swagger by DQ after Jack Swagger refused to stop ramming Kane into the exposed turnbuckle.
After the hellacious beatings he has suffered the past few weeks at the hands of Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre, Matt Hardy opens the show and says he is there tonight whether he “should or should not be” given the recent head injuries he has suffered at the hands of Drew McIntyre! Matt then tells the Intercontinental Champion that it is “too bad” that McIntyre “never wants to see him again” because he is not going away! Drew McIntyre then interrupts and reminds Matt that WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon dubbed him the “future” of the WWE and that makes him “completely untouchable”! Matt then dares the Intercontinental Champion to come into the ring and prove how “untouchable” McIntyre is! After threatening to “beat” his message into Matt Hardy, McIntyre accepts Matt’s invitation and the two Superstars brawl before referees are able to separate them, but McIntyre breaks free and continues the assault on Matt’s already injured head! The brawl spills to the outside as referees and officials continue to pull McIntyre off of Matt only for the Intercontinental Champion to break free and keep assaulting Matt! With referees being unable to control McIntyre, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long comes out and tells McIntyre to stop, but when the Intercontinental Champion ignored the orders of the GM, Long told McIntyre that he was suspended! Even a suspension did not keep Drew McIntyre from assaulting Matt Hardy, so Theodore Long was forced to strip Drew McIntyre of the Intercontinental Championship! Even after being stripped of the Intercontinental Title, Drew McIntyre was dead set on ending the career of Matt Hardy as he continued to assault Matt, which forced General Manager Theodore Long to take the most drastic action he could as the GM had no choice but to fire Drew McIntyre! Referees and officials then escorted Drew McIntyre out of the building, but before exiting the building, McIntyre boldly stated that “we will see who’s fired”! How will WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon respond to Theodore Long firing Drew McIntyre? What is the status of the Intercontinental Championship? What is the status of Matt Hardy?
Following their confrontation last week, “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP went one-on-one with “The Straightedge Disciple” Luke Gallows! During the match, Serena got on the apron of the ring to temporarily distract MVP, but this led to Rey Mysterio coming in through the crowd and attacking CM Punk before escaping through the crowd! This distracted Gallows long enough for MVP to hit the Play of the Day en route to picking up the win! How will The Straightedge Society to Rey Mysterio turning the tables on CM Punk?
Following the attack by Rey Mysterio, CM Punk & The Straightedge Society were in the ring and an enraged CM Punk called Rey Mysterio a “coward” and demanded that Rey come out! Rey does come out and tells Punk that he is just doing what CM Punk’s hooded ally has done for the last couple of weeks by coming out of “nowhere” to attack adversaries! CM Punk once again called Rey a “coward” and says that Rey must be “hallucinating” because there is no mystery man! Rey then challenges CM Punk to a match at WWE Over The Limit where, if Punk wins, then Rey will join The Straightedge Society, but if Punk loses, then Rey will shave Punk’s head bald! After Punk accepts the challenge, Rey offers to join The Straightedge Society on SmackDown, but only if Punk shaves his head as well! Punk refuses and Rey responds that the “message is good”, but the “messenger is bad” and tells Punk that they could do good work together before saying that Punk should “lead by example” and shave his head! Punk refuses again and protests that his hair signals his “purity”! Rey then brings up the point that Serena & Luke Gallows have done everything that Punk has asked, yet Serena & Gallows’ were forced to have their heads shaved upon entering The Straightedge Society, but Punk did not! Rey then tells Punk that Punk only cares about himself before saying that nothing can “save” Punk from the 619! When CM Punk & Rey Mysterio square off at WWE Over The Limit, will Rey be forced to join The Straightedge Society or will Rey finally shave Punk’s head bald?
After bullying and spraying Kelly Kelly with beauty products on WWE Superstars, the Divas were in action on SmackDown as the team of Kelly Kelly & Tiffany would face off with former Women’s Champion Michelle McCool & Layla! In the end, it was Michelle McCool assisting Layla before Layla hit the Lay Out on Tiffany en route to picking up the win!
Backstage, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long announces that, after Drew McIntyre was stripped of the Intercontinental Title and ultimately fired, there will be a four-man tournament that will crown a new Intercontinental Champion where two matches will take place on SmackDown and the winners of those matches will go one-on-one on next week’s SmackDown with the winner being crowned the new Intercontinental Champion! The four-man tournament would see Kofi Kingston go one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler and Christian go one-on-one with Cody Rhodes! Which of these four SmackDown Superstars will take one step closer to being crowned the new Intercontinental Champion?
The first semi-final match in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament, former Intercontinental and United States Champion Kofi Kingston went one-on-one with “The Platinum Superstar” Dolph Ziggler! In the end, it was Kofi hitting Trouble In Paradise en route to defeating Dolph Ziggler and advancing to the finals of the Intercontinental Championship Tournament! Who will Kofi face on next week’s SmackDown to crown the new Intercontinental Champion?
Then it was time for the second semi-final match in the Intercontinental Championship Tournament as “Captain Charisma” Christian would go one-on-one with Cody Rhodes! In the end, it was Christian hitting the Killswitch en route to picking up the win over a very game Cody Rhodes to advance to the finals of the Intercontinental Championship Tournament next week against Kofi Kingston! Can Christian become the new Intercontinental Champion next week or will Kofi Kingston regain the gold?
Before he would go one-on-one with “The Big Red Machine” Kane in the main event, World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger made an appearance on SmackDown. After running through several more of his life accomplishments, Swagger made the bold declaration that, at WWE Over The Limit, he will take Big Show to “school” before Kane comes out to go one-on-one with “The All-American Champion”! The match is but a couple of minutes old when the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show comes out and takes a seat on commentary at ringside for the match! The end of the match came via disqualification when Jack Swagger refused to stop ramming Kane into the exposed turnbuckle! After the match, Swagger hit Kane with a big boot before heading to ringside to hold the World Heavyweight Title belt in the face of his #1 Contender, Big Show! Kane then delivers a big boot to Swagger in response at ringside before Kane takes apart the SmackDown announce table, but the time took dismantling the announce table allowed Swagger to recover and shove Kane ribs-first into the steel ring post! Swagger then turns around to find himself in the clutches of Big Show, who delivers a huge chokeslam right through the announce table! After knocking Jack Swagger out last week and chokeslamming him through the announce table this week, is Big Show on the fast track to becoming World Heavyweight Champion at WWE Over The Limit?