The 567th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, PA. Twelve nights after winning the title at WWE Fatal 4-Way, the new World Heavyweight Champion, Rey Mysterio, would make his first address as the new champion! On Wednesday, WWE.com revealed six of the eight participants in the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match as “The Big Red Machine” Kane, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston, “The Heart And Soul of SmackDown” Matt Hardy, “Captain Charisma” Christian, and the self-proclaimed “Dashing” Cody Rhodes will compete in the match with the final two participants being revealed on SmackDown! Just over three weeks before they are two of eight competitors in the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, ladder match veteran, Christian, will present a special edition of The Peep Show and his guest will be fellow ladder match veteran and familiar adversary, Matt Hardy!
- Non-Title: Kofi Kingston def. Dolph Ziggler by pin following Trouble in Paradise.
- Kane def. Luke Gallows by DQ after the masked ally interferes.
- MVP def. Chavo Guerrero by pin following the Play of the Day.
- Kelly Kelly (with Tiffany) def. Michelle McCool (with Layla) by roll-up.
- Rey Mysterio & Big Show def. Jack Swagger & Cody Rhodes by DQ after Jack Swagger refused to release the ankle lock on Rey Mysterio despite the referee’s five count.
Just over two weeks before he challenges new World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio for the gold at WWE Money-in-the-Bank and one week after assaulting the ankle of Big Show, the show kicks with former World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger! Swagger says that, last week, he decided to force others to “feel the pain” that he felt after being “cheated” out of the World Heavyweight Title! “The All-American American” continues that, if he can do what he did to Big Show last week, then he can do that to anyone! Swagger continues that everyone should be talking about what he did to Big Show last week and not the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match! Swagger then reminds everyone of his victory at WrestleMania XXVI where he won the Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity and cashed it in five nights later to win the World Heavyweight Title! Tears start to well up as Swagger says that, at WWE Fatal 4-Way, it all “came crashing down” when he was “cheated” out of the World Heavyweight Title and stated that, the “worst part”, was that his “daddy” was “devastated”, but no one “cares”! This brings out a limping “World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, who mocks Jack Swagger and says that “no one cares” about his “moaning and crying”, because there are “more important” things to be worried about! Big Show then tells Swagger that he “started something he should have finished” before admitting that Swagger “hurt” him, but he did not “finish the job” and, as long as he is still “standing and breathing”, he “won’t stop”! Big Show then “begs” Swagger to come and try and put the ankle lock on him “one more time”! Swagger responds by saying that he has “nothing to prove” to Big Show and he is going to make Rey Mysterio feel what Big Show felt last week come WWE Money-in-the-Bank when he regains the World Heavyweight Title! Big Show responds by calling “delusional” and unable to separate “fantasy from reality” and states that Swagger is living in a “fantasy” if he thinks that he can break Show’s ankle, but that the “reality” is that he can break Swagger’s jaw! With this bold statement, Big Show makes his way to the ring, but Big Show is clipped in the hurt ankle, from behind, by Cody Rhodes! Jack Swagger & Cody Rhodes then commence a two-on-one assault on “The World’s Largest Athlete” until the new World Heavyweight Champion, Rey Mysterio, rushes out to aid Big Show and run Swagger & Rhodes! With WWE Money-in-the-Bank rapidly approaching, what else will go down between new World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio and former World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger? What will go down between the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match participants?
One of the eight participants in the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match was in action on SmackDown as Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston went one-on-one with “The Platinum Superstar” Dolph Ziggler in a non-title match! In the end, it was Dolph Ziggler becoming distracted by SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero at ringside that allowed Kofi Kingston to hit Trouble in Paradise and pin Dolph en route to picking up the win and keep Dolph Ziggler from becoming the #1 Contender for the Intercontinental Title! After the match, a disappointed Vickie Guerrero left Dolph high and dry in the ring! What is the status of Vickie Guerrero & Dolph Ziggler’s relationship?
Backstage, with his right arm in a sling following surgery to his arm last week, “The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk is backstage with Serena & Luke Gallows and Punk tells Serena to let him “handle it” and Serena responds by imploring Punk to “admit it” because Kane “will not stop”! Punk tells Serena that the “last thing” they are going to do is “admit it” and says that he has the situation “under control”! Serena disagrees by saying that they lost “control” of it a “long time ago”! Luke Gallows then tells Serena to “calm down”, but Serena refuses and tells Punk that it “hurt” her to see Punk’s face before he went into the operating room for his arm surgery and it made her feel “helpless” and “broke” her heart! Punk then asks Serena if she “trusts” him and, after she says that she does, Punk tells Serena to let them “take care of it” when Luke Gallows goes one-on-one with Kane later in the night! Serena then states that, if they don’t “take care of it”, then she will! CM Punk then turns to Luke Gallows and tells Gallows that it “ends” on SmackDown and that The Straightedge Society “depends on it”! What does CM Punk & The Straightedge Society have in store for Kane?
Just over two weeks before they are two of eight participants in the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, “Captain Charisma” Christian presents a special edition of The Peep Show with his guest, Matt Hardy! Christian brings up Matt’s recent problems with Drew McIntyre that saw him suspended, but brought back last week where he defeated Drew McIntyre before McIntyre was deported back to Scotland due to an expired work visa! Christian then commented that it was nice to see Matt back in the ring with McIntyre without Matt getting “dropped” on his head! Matt responds by saying that he has fought an “uphill battle” in his WWE career and admits that he sustained head injuries, but starts to say that he “will not die”, but Christian jumps in and proclaims that Matt “will not win the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match”! Christian then says that, despite their extensive Ladder Match experience, neither one of them has won the Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity and, while they both “deserve it”, he will be the one winning the Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match! Matt then tells Christian that they have both won prestigious championships in their career, but neither of them has ever been a World Champion! Matt continues that whoever wins the Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity will “change everything” for that Superstar and he plans for it to be him! Christian responds by saying they are both “confident”, but neither of them have ever been “The Chosen One” like Drew McIntyre and they have had to fight for everything they have earned in the WWE! Christian then proclaims that he is “sick and tired” of seeing guys like Drew McIntyre and get countless opportunities without having to have “earned it” and it is his “opportunity” to win the Money-in-the-Bank title and vows that he will win it! Matt responds by saying that it bothers him to have worked his entire career and has still not won a World Title! Matt then states that he hopes, at the end of the match, it will come down to them; the two Superstars who “deserve it more than anyone else”! Matt and Christian then get into each other’s faces and tells each other that they will be the one to win the Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity! Christian then starts to leave the ring, but decides to go back and confront Matt, but Matt hits a right hand on Christian before sending “Captain Charisma” careening into one of the ladders set up in the ring! Will Christian or Matt Hardy win the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match or will one of the other six Superstars in the match earn the prestigious title shot?
One week after dismantling The Straightedge Society and destroying the right arm of CM Punk all in his quest for revenge for the attack on his brother, The Undertaker, “The Big Red Machine” Kane would go one-on-one with “The Straightedge Disciple” Luke Gallows! In the middle of the match, Kane is prepared to deliver the chokeslam to Gallows, but the masked ally of The Straightedge Society intervenes! Kane then delivers a chokeslam to the masked man, as well as Luke Gallows before getting his hands on the injured CM Punk! Kane is prepared to chokeslam Punk, but Serena rushes out and pleads with Kane to let Punk go because she can prove Punk’s “innocence”! Despite the protests of CM Punk, Serena tells Kane that Punk was with her the night The Undertaker was attacked; saying that Punk was “saving” her! Not believing Serena, Kane again gets ready to chokeslam Punk, but Serena presents security camera footage that depicts Serena partaking in several alcoholic drinks at a local bar with a stranger in the bar before CM Punk, Luke Gallows, and the masked ally barge into the bar and scare the stranger off before retrieving Serena and exiting! After seeing the video evidence, Kane releases CM Punk and exits the ring! Serena then tends to CM Punk, who screams at Serena; asking Serena if she has “any idea” what she just did! After the security camera footage publicly showed Serena partaking in several alcoholic drinks, what is Serena’s standing with CM Punk & The Straightedge Society?
“The Ballin’ Superstar” MVP was in action on SmackDown as MVP would go one-on-one with Chavo Guerrero, but before the match, Chavo says that Dolph Ziggler could not get the “job done” against Kofi Kingston, but says that “after” he beats MVP, he should get a shot at the Intercontinental Title! Even though Chavo Guerrero had a strong showing against MVP early on, MVP was able to hit the Play of the Day on Chavo en route to picking up the win! How will Chavo Guerrero react to losing the match against MVP?
Kelly Kelly was in action on SmackDown as the blonde Diva would go one-on-one with one-half of the self-proclaimed “co-Women’s Champions” Michelle McCool, but before the match, both members of Lay-Cool attack Tiffany and send Kelly Kelly’s friend into the ringside barricade! During the match, Layla sprays some sort of deodorant all over Kelly Kelly, which leads to Tiffany laying Layla out with a clothesline on the outside! McCool gets distracted by the happenings on the outside, which allows Kelly Kelly to roll McCool up and pick up the win! As Kelly Kelly & Tiffany continue to have the number of Lay-Cool, is Kelly Kelly on the verge of getting a shot at the Women’s Title?
Before he teams with Big Show to face Jack Swagger & Cody Rhodes in the main event, new World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio would make an appearance on SmackDown to deliver his first address as the new champion! Mysterio starts by saying that it feels “great” to be “reliving” his dream to be World Champion! Rey states that there will be “obstacles” he will face as World Champion, but he is “ready” for them! Rey continues that it has taken him a career to make it to the top of SmackDown and that Jack Swagger, or anyone else, will not take that away from him!
Then it was time for the main event as, for the first time since winning the gold, new World Champion Rey Mysterio would team with “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show to face his WWE Money-in-the-Bank opponent, “The All-American American” Jack Swagger and the self-proclaimed “Dashing” Cody Rhodes! During the match, Jack Swagger managed to get Rey Mysterio locked in the ankle lock and, despite the referee’s five count and subsequent disqualification, Swagger refused to release the hold until Big Show entered the ring, where Jack Swagger dragged Rey to the outside and continued to hold onto the ankle lock until finally releasing the hold! What is the status of Rey Mysterio’s ankle after suffering at the hands of Jack Swagger’s ankle lock?