The 561st edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. One week after his shocking reinstatement via a letter by WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon, still Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre would be in action two nights before he defends the Intercontinental Title against Kofi Kingston at WWE Over The Limit as, per the orders of SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long, Drew McIntyre will go one-on-one with the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show just two nights before Big Show faces Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Over The Limit! World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger would also be in action two nights before his big title defense as he would go one-on-one with Kofi Kingston!
- Team Lay-Cool def. Kelly Kelly & Tiffany by Michelle McCool pinning Tiffany with the Faith Breaker.
- JTG def. Caylen Croft (with Trent Barreta) by pin following the Shout Out.
- Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer def. Brent Roberts & Jeremy Barner (jobbers) by Curt Hawkins pinning Brent Roberts following the big elbow drop.
- Non-Title: Kofi Kingston (with Big Show) def. Jack Swagger by pin with a high cross body.
- Rey Mysterio & MVP def. CM Punk & Luke Gallows (with Serena and the mysterious ally) by Rey Mysterio rolling up CM Punk.
- Non-Title: Big Show def. Drew McIntyre by DQ after Jack Swagger interferes.
Two nights before he puts his hair on the line against Rey Mysterio at WWE Over The Limit, SmackDown kicks off with CM Punk, along with his Straightedge Society, who have three individuals seated in the ring! “The Straightedge Disciple” Luke Gallows states that there was a time that he was like the people seated in the ring, “weak-minded, pathetic, and riddled with addiction” and proclaims that CM Punk saved him and can make the “impossible, possible”! Serena then states that everyone needs to “stand up” and show CM Punk the “respect he deserves”! Gallows continues that, in Canada, it is legal for teenagers to drink alcohol and that those who drink are “handicapping themselves”, but that will end for the three individuals seated in the ring as they will take the “pledge to extinguish the demons of weakness and addiction” and proclaims that CM Punk will do the same to Rey Mysterio at WWE Over The Limit! Serena then says that the three individuals in the ring represent the “decay and the worthlessness” of Canada, but that they are there to “heal” them, just like Punk will do to Mysterio at WWE Over The Limit and the “power of Straightedge” will be seen to “eternity” after WWE Over The Limit! CM Punk then takes the mic and asks the fans to stand up and feel the “power of Straightedge” flow through them and states that the “pledge” makes them “better” than everyone! CM Punk then has the three individuals recite the Straightedge Pledge of Allegiance and tells them that they need to show their “allegiance” through their “actions”! After agreeing to align with The Straightedge Society, the three individuals have their heads shaved bald by CM Punk, Serena, & Luke Gallows! The ritual is then interrupted by the arrival of CM Punk’s Over The Limit opponent, Rey Mysterio, who calls CM Punk’s induction ceremony is “ridiculous” and everyone will be “laughing” this Sunday when CM Punk is shaved bald! Will CM Punk be forced to shave his head at WWE Over The Limit or will Rey Mysterio be forced to join The Straightedge Society?
After having his ceremony interrupted, CM Punk, along with Luke Gallows & Serena, took their frustrations on the three newest devotees to the Straightedge lifestyle by assaulting the trio in a message to Rey Mysterio! Has Rey Mysterio lit a fire under CM Punk?
The self-proclaimed “co-Women’s Champions” Michelle McCool & Layla were in tag action on SmackDown as Team Lay-Cool faced the team of Kelly Kelly & Tiffany! In the end, it was Michelle McCool hitting the Faith Breaker on Tiffany en route to picking up the win for herself and Women’s Champion Layla! Who will be the first Diva to step up and challenge Layla for the Women’s Title?
“The Brooklyn Baller” JTG was in action on SmackDown as he went one-on-one with one-half of The Dude Busters, Caylen Croft. Despite interference by Trent Barreta, JTG was able to hit the Shout Out on Croft en route to picking up the win!
The new tag team of Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer was in action on SmackDown as they faced local competitors Brent Roberts & Jeremy Barner. In the end, it was Hawkins hitting a big elbow drop en route to picking up the win! After the match, Curt Hawkins states that they have twenty-two days left on their contracts to “make an impact” and proclaims that they are going to do it whether the fans “like it or not”! Can Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer make a big enough impact on SmackDown to remain a part of the roster?
Before he went one-on-one with Kofi Kingston, World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger said that, last week, Big Show disrespected him, Oklahoma, his family, and the World Heavyweight Championship, so he is going to “disrespect” Big Show this Sunday at WWE Over The Limit by defeating Big Show and retaining the World Heavyweight Title!
World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger was then in action on SmackDown as, two nights before he defends the gold against Big Show at WWE Over The Limit, “The All-American Champion” would go one-on-one with Kofi Kingston, two nights before Kofi challenges Drew McIntyre for the Intercontinental Title! After gaining control of the match, Jack Swagger is thrown off of his game by the arrival of Big Show as “The World’s Largest Athlete” distracts the World Heavyweight Champion long enough for Kofi Kingston to hit a high cross body on Swagger en route to picking up the win! How will Jack Swagger respond to Big Show’s interference?
SmackDown also featured the return of Christian’s Peep Show as Canada’s own “Captain Charisma” hosted the return of his talk show segment! Christian wastes no time in getting things started as he announces a guest that he has “never seen eye-to-eye with” before revealing that his guest is none other than Hornswoggle! Christian tells his guest that they are both there to make a “big impression” and that Hornswoggle is there to get into “trouble”! Christian then teaches Hornswoggle some Canadian “phrases” before The Peep Show is interrupted by SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero & Chavo Guerrero as Vickie announces that she is “shutting down” The Peep Show! Vickie then calls Hornswoggle a “troll” and calls Canada “useless”, which Christian responds to by saying that he was about to teach Hornswoggle the words, “obesity” and “moose”! Vickie then threatens Christian by saying that Christian better leave the ring or she is going to provide “help” for Christian! As Chavo Guerrero enters the ring, Christian is blind-sided by Dolph Ziggler, who assaults Christian before laying “Captain Charisma” out with the Zig Zag with Chavo following that up with the Frog Splash! How will Christian respond to this attack set up by Vickie Guerrero?
Two nights before he puts his freedom on the line against CM Punk’s hair at WWE Over The Limit, Rey Mysterio would team with “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP to face CM Punk and “The Straightedge Disciple” Luke Gallows! Despite interference from the masked ally of The Straightedge Society and Serena, Rey Mysterio was able to roll-up CM Punk to pick up the win for his team! Can Rey Mysterio defeat CM Punk at WWE Over The Limit and force Punk to shave his head or will CM Punk pick up the win and force Rey Mysterio to join The Straightedge Society?
Then it was time for the main event as, two nights before he challenges Jack Swagger for the World Heavyweight Championship at WWE Over The Limit, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show was in action on SmackDown as he went one-on-one with the controversial Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre! After hitting the chokeslam on Drew McIntyre, Big Show was poised for victory, but Jack Swagger rushed in and attacked Big Show before commencing an assault on the devastating right hand of “The World’s Largest Athlete”! Swagger then went and got a steel chair to inflict more punishment on Big Show, but Show knocked the steel chair right out of the hands of Jack Swagger with a powerful right hand! What is the condition of Big Show’s right hand? Who will emerge from WWE Over The Limit this Sunday as World Heavyweight Champion?