The 563rd edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. After losing the Intercontinental Title to Kofi Kingston at WWE Over The Limit, “The Chosen One” Drew McIntyre will invoke his rematch clause as he will challenge new Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston for the gold!
- Non-Title: Jack Swagger def. MVP by roll-up.
- Intercontinental Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) (with Matt Hardy) def. Drew McIntyre by pin with the S.O.S. to retain.
- Kelly Kelly def. Rosa Mendes (with Lay-Cool) by pin following the K2.
- Fatal 4-Way Qualifying Battle Royal: Rey Mysterio def. Kane, Christian, Dolph Ziggler, MVP, Curt Hawkins, Vance Archer, JTG, Caylen Croft, Trent Barreta, Finlay, Luke Gallows, Kofi Kingston, Drew McIntyre, & Chavo Guerrero
The show kicks off with SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long who states that, with “great regret”, he must inform the fans that, over the weekend, The Undertaker was found in a “vegetative state” by his brother, Kane, and that an “ongoing investigation” looking into “who or what” was responsible for the “brutal, heinous attack”! Who is responsible for this attack and when will The Undertaker be seen again? How will The Undertaker’s injuries affect the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title Match at WWE Fatal 4-Way?
Following this announcement, the lights dim and a collection of druids carry a casket to ringside and take their places surrounding the ring before “The Big Red Machine” Kane makes his entrance! Kane then steps up to a podium set up in the ring and orders that the coffin be opened and the druids do so to reveal that the casket is empty! Kane then states that, in “all likelihood”, The Undertaker will “no longer walk among us” and an angry, emotional Kane states that “gone is the face of darkness” all as a result of an “act of cowardice” and proclaims that “gone from the WWE is it’s most iconic figure” and “gone forever are the bonds of brotherhood”! Kane then states that The Undertaker will “rise from the dead no more” and states that “gone is The Undertaker”, but vows that “soon enough”, the ones responsible for the “atrocity” will too be “gone” and they will be “committed to the depths of hell” and to a “torturous existence”! Kane then emphatically shouts that there will be “vengeance” before paying his respects to a brother that, seemingly, will never return! Wrought with tears and emotional distress, Kane looks at the symbolic casket of The Undertaker! Is The Undertaker truly gone for good from the WWE? Who is responsible for finally ending the legacy of The Undertaker and what does Kane have in store for this individual?
Just a couple of weeks before he defends his gold in a Fatal 4-Way Match at WWE Fatal 4-Way, World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger was in action in the opening match of the night as “The All-American Champion” went one-on-one with “The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP! At the end of a taxing back-and-forth match, it was Jack Swagger managing to roll-up MVP to pick up the win! After the match, MVP was blindsided with an attack by Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer as Archer laid out MVP with the Archer’s Arrow and Hawkins hit the big elbow drop on MVP! Was this the “impact” that Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer needed to keep them on the SmackDown roster?
Backstage, SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero confronts SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long and tells Long that Dolph Ziggler should replace The Undertaker in the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title match at WWE Fatal 4-Way and calls Dolph “the only man on the roster who has the credentials” for the spot! This sparks an idea in the mind of Theodore Long as he reveals that every active SmackDown Superstar, with the exception of the competitors already in the Fatal 4-Way, will compete in a battle royal with the winner taking The Undertaker’s spot in the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title Match at WWE Fatal 4-Way! Which Superstar will get this coveted spot to be one of three challengers for the World Heavyweight Title at WWE Fatal 4-Way?
Backstage, Kane barges into the locker room of CM Punk and grabs the masked savior, which leads CM Punk to frantically tell Kane that The Straightedge Society is all about “brotherhood” and offers the assistance of The Straightedge Society to Kane’s cause! An enraged Kane then releases “The Straightedge Savior” from his grasp! Who is next in Kane’s interrogation as Kane investigates The Undertaker’s assault?
Then it was time for the Intercontinental Title to be defended as former champion Drew McIntyre invoked his rematch clause to challenge new Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston for the gold! During the match, the cameras show the suspended Matt Hardy arriving through the crowd with a ticket in his hand as Matt takes his seat in the crowd as a fan! Later on in the match, Drew McIntyre approaches Matt Hardy at ringside and delivers a backhand slap to the suspended Matt Hardy! Matt tries to hop the railing, but security stops Matt, but it distracts McIntyre long enough for Kofi to hit the S.O.S. en route to successfully retaining his Intercontinental Title! After the match, Matt Hardy managed to break away from security, enter the ring, and deliver a Twist of Fate to McIntyre! How will Drew McIntyre respond to Matt Hardy’s interference?
The Divas were in action on SmackDown as Kelly Kelly went one-on-one with SmackDown’s resident Latina Diva, Rosa Mendes. During the match, the self-proclaimed “co-Women’s Champions” Lay-Cool appeared and watched the match from the stage! Despite the presence of Michelle McCool & Layla, Kelly Kelly was still able to hit the K2 en route to picking up the win over Rosa Mendes! Does Kelly Kelly have her sights set on becoming the next Women’s Champion?
Then it was time for the main event as the active SmackDown roster would compete in a Battle Royal where the winner will earn the spot formerly held by The Undertaker in the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title Match at WWE Fatal 4-Way as Rey Mysterio, Dolph Ziggler, still Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston, Drew McIntyre, Christian, Chris Masters, Finlay, Curt Hawkins, Vance Archer, MVP, Chavo Guerrero, Caylen Croft, Trent Barreta, JTG, Luke Gallows, and an enraged and emotional Kane would all go to war for the spot in the match! Luke Gallows scored the first elimination by eliminating Caylen Croft, followed by Kane eliminating Chris Masters, and Gallows eliminating Trent Barreta! Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston then sacrifices himself in order to eliminate Drew McIntyre! A little later on, Christian managed to eliminate Dolph Ziggler, but Finlay comes in from behind to eliminate Christian! Later on, Rey Mysterio manages to eliminate Chavo Guerrero! MVP & Finlay then team together to eliminate Vance Archer, but Finlay then eliminates MVP, followed by Kane eliminating Finlay and then Rey Mysterio eliminates Curt Hawkins to leave Rey Mysterio, Luke Gallows, & Kane left in the Battle Royal! Despite interference from the masked ally of The Straightedge Society, Kane was still able to eliminate “The Straightedge Disciple” Luke Gallows, leaving Kane one-on-one with Rey Mysterio in the Battle Royal! In the end, it was Rey Mysterio somehow finding a way to eliminate the larger Kane to earn the fourth spot in the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title match at WWE Fatal 4-Way! Can Rey Mysterio become the World Heavyweight Champion come WWE Fatal 4-Way?