The 562nd edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. For the first time since his epic encounter with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania, The Undertaker would return to SmackDown! Also, five nights after having his head shaved by Rey Mysterio at WWE Over The Limit, CM Punk would make his first television appearance since having his head shaved bald!
- Big Show & Kofi Kingston def. Jack Swagger & Drew McIntyre by Big Show pinning Drew McIntyre following the Knockout Punch.
- Fatal 4-Way Qualifying Match: CM Punk (with Serena & Luke Gallows) def. Kane by pin following the GTS to qualify for the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title match at WWE Fatal 4-Way.
- Christian & Hornswoggle def. Dolph Ziggler & Chavo Guerrero by Christian pinning Chavo Guerrero following the Killswitch.
- Luke Gallows (with Serena and the mystery ally) def. MVP by pin following the Gallows’ Pole.
- Fatal 4-Way Qualifying Match: The Undertaker def. Rey Mysterio by pin with the Tombstone Piledriver to qualify for the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title match at WWE Fatal 4-Way.
The show kicks off with SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long announced that, at WWE Fatal 4-Way, “The All-American Champion” Jack Swagger will defend the World Heavyweight Championship in a Fatal 4-Way Match! The GM reveals that, as a result of defeating the champion, via disqualification, at WWE Over The Limit, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show is already in the match! Long then announces that the qualifying matches to determine the other two combatants in the match will see a newly bald CM Punk go one-on-one with “The Big Red Machine” Kane and the other will see Rey Mysterio go one-on-one against “The Phenom” known as The Undertaker! Following this announcement, Long was interrupted by the former Intercontinental Champion, Drew McIntyre, who said that he should still be Intercontinental Champion because his arm was hurt at WWE Over The Limit and the match should have been stopped! McIntyre then says that, if Long can’t do his job right, then he will have to do it for him! McIntyre tells Long that he is “The Chosen One” and Long responds by beginning to tell him what Matt Hardy will do to McIntyre once Matt gets his hands on him, but McIntyre pulls a letter from WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon out and, per the orders of the Chairman, demands that Long read it out loud! The GM does as he is told as he reads the letter that states that, as a result of his post-match attack on Drew McIntyre at WWE Over The Limit, Mr. McMahon has suspended Matt Hardy without pay until “further notice”! McIntyre then tells Long to consider it a “warning” that, if Long turns a “blind eye” to his “misfortunes” again, then the next letter he presents will be informing Long of his “termination”! As Long exits, the suspended Matt Hardy comes out to get a piece of Drew McIntyre, but Matt is met by Long and a team of security as Long tells Matt that “they” are going to make him “fire” Matt! With Matt on the other side of a wall of security, Drew McIntyre reminds Matt that he is the reason that Matt was “suspended”! When, if ever, will Matt Hardy be on SmackDown again?
After being responsible for WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon suspending Matt Hardy until “further notice”, former Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre was in action on SmackDown as he teamed with World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger to face the team of “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show and the new Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston! With his eyes locked on World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger, Big Show ended the match by leveling Drew McIntyre with the Knockout Punch en route to pick up the win! Can Big Show do the same, again, to Jack Swagger at WWE Fatal 4-Way and win the World Heavyweight Title or will one of the other undetermined combatants win the gold or can Jack Swagger survive the odds to retain the title?
For the first time since having his head shaved by Rey Mysterio at WWE Over The Limit, “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk would be in action against “The Big Red Machine” Kane in a Fatal 4-Way Qualifying Match! Before his match, CM Punk reluctantly comes to the ring wearing a towel over his head and Punk then takes the towel off to reveal, not his bald head, but that he is wearing a mask! With his bald head safely hidden from the public with a mask, CM Punk would go one-on-one with “The Big Red Machine” Kane with the winner qualifying for the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title match at WWE Fatal 4-Way! In the end, it was Serena distracting the referee while Luke Gallows interfered that allowed CM Punk the opportunity to hoist Kane up and deliver a huge GTS en route to picking up the win to qualify for the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title match at WWE Fatal 4-Way! Who will be the fourth and final Superstar added to the match? Will The Undertaker make his return to SmackDown a successful and impressive one or will Rey Mysterio find a way to upset “The Phenom”?
In a match set up by SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero, “Captain Charisma” Christian would team with Hornswoggle to face the team of “The Platinum Superstar” Dolph Ziggler and Vickie’s nephew, Chavo Guerrero! Despite his pint-sized partner, Christian was still able to hit the Killswitch en route to pinning Chavo and picking up the win! However, as soon as the match was over, Dolph Ziggler came in from behind and locked in the sleeper hold on Christian, eventually putting “Captain Charisma” to sleep, much to the delight of SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero! How will Christian respond to this attack? What else does Vickie Guerrero have in store for Christian & Hornswoggle?
It was announced on SmackDown that, on next week’s show, former Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre will invoke his rematch clause as “The Chosen One” will challenge new champion Kofi Kingston for the Intercontinental Championship! Can Drew McIntyre regain the Intercontinental Title or will Kofi Kingston retain against “The Chosen One”?
After being very instrumental in his leader, CM Punk’s win over Kane earlier in the night, “The Straightedge Disciple” Luke Gallows was in action on SmackDown as he went one-on-one with “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP! In the end, it was Serena distracting the referee while the masked ally of The Straightedge Society attacked MVP, which gave Gallows the opportunity to hit the Gallows’ Pole en route to picking up the win!
Then it was time for the main event as, for the first time since his epic encounter with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania, The Undertaker would return to SmackDown to go one-on-one with Rey Mysterio with the winner being the final Superstar to qualify for the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title match at WWE Fatal 4-Way! In the end, it was Undertaker spiking Rey with the Tombstone Piledriver that led to The Undertaker picking up the win and qualifying for the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title Match at WWE Fatal 4-Way! The match is now set for WWE Fatal 4-Way as “The All-American Champion” Jack Swagger will defend the World Heavyweight Championship against “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk, & The Undertaker! Can Jack Swagger find a way to survive these odds or will Swagger lose the gold to one of these three former World Champions?