Two nights before the debut edition of WWE Money-in-the-Bank, the 569th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY. Two nights before he challenges Rey Mysterio for the World Title at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, Jack Swagger would make an appearance on SmackDown to try and prove his innocence to a revenge-driven Kane over the attack on The Undertaker! Two nights before they compete in the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, six of the eight competitors in the match would square off in one-on-one matches as Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston would square off with “Dashing” Cody Rhodes, “Captain Charisma” Christian would go one-on-one with “The Chosen One” Drew McIntyre, and Matt Hardy would face off with “The Platinum Superstar” Dolph Ziggler!
- Non-Title: Kofi Kingston & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes fight to a No Contest when Kane interferes.
- Drew McIntyre def. Christian by pin following the Future Shock DDT.
- Mixed Tag Match: Kelly Kelly & Chris Masters (with Rosa Mendes) def. Layla & Trent Barreta by Kelly Kelly pinning Layla following the K2.
- Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) def. Matt Hardy by pin following the Zig Zag.
Three nights after they were both assaulted by The Nexus and two nights before they are two of eight competitors in the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston would go one-on-one with “Dashing” Cody Rhodes in a non-title bout! In the middle of the bout, “The Big Red Machine” Kane comes out and lays both Kofi Kingston and Cody Rhodes out with chokeslams before stating that he has “breaking news”! Kane explains that there will be a “bludgeoning” on SmackDown, because he knows Jack Swagger is a “liar” and he will “pronounce judgment on the condemned”! What grim fate awaits Jack Swagger at the hands of a vengeance-driven Kane?
Two more of the eight competitors in the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match were in action on SmackDown as “Captain Charisma” Christian would go one-on-one with “The Chosen One” Drew McIntyre! In the end, it was Drew McIntyre catching Christian with a thumb to the eye that allowed McIntyre to plant “Captain Charisma” with the Future Shock DDT that would earn him the win! Can Drew McIntyre win the Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity this Sunday?
“The Straightedge Savior” CM Punk and his Straightedge Society made an appearance on SmackDown and CM Punk assured everyone that there is no dissention in The Straightedge Society, but “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show interrupts CM Punk carrying two steel ladders; a standard ladder and a shorter ladder! CM Punk makes jokes about Big Show attempting to climb a ladder and Big Show responds by putting on a demonstration where Big Show tries to climb the normal sized ladder, but snaps a rung on the ladder! After dismissing the idea of even attempting to stand on the miniature ladder, Big Show brings out his own personal ladder, which Big Show explains that the ladder weighs over 350 lbs. and can hold up to 2,000 lbs. in weight! CM Punk then interrupts the demonstration and tells Big Show that, if Kane had not injured his arm, he would be competing in the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, but while Big Show is distracted by CM Punk, Luke Gallows and the masked ally of The Straightedge Society attack “The World’s Largest Athlete” from behind; an attack capped off by Luke Gallows blasting Big Show in the face with the mini ladder! CM Punk then climbs to the top of the monster ladder and shouts the Straightedge “pledge”, but Big Show recovers and sends both Luke Gallows and the masked ally to the outside of the arena, leaving CM Punk alone with Big Show! With CM Punk stranded atop the monster ladder, Big Show climbs up and meets Punk at the top of the ladder and Big Show traps the good arm of CM Punk before Big Show places his hand on the top of CM Punk’s head and removing the mask of “The Straightedge Savior”, exposing the bald head of CM Punk for the first time! How will CM Punk respond to this utter humiliation at the hands of Big Show?
Two nights before she defends the Women’s Title against Kelly Kelly at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, Women’s Champion Layla would team with one-half of The Dude Busters, Trent Barreta to face the team of Kelly Kelly & “The Masterpiece” Chris Masters in Mixed Tag action! In the middle of the match, Rosa Mendes comes to ringside, jumping rope, in an attempt to impress Layla, but Rosa distracted both of The Dude Busters and Chris Masters took out both Caylen Croft & Trent Barreta, which left Layla all alone with Kelly Kelly and the #1 Contender for the Women’s Title hits Layla with the K2 en route to pinning the Women’s Champion and picking up the win! Can Kelly Kelly dethrone Layla as the Women’s Champion this Sunday or will Layla find a way to retain the gold in her first title defense?
Before he goes one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler, Matt Hardy states that he is just as “comfortable” on top of a ladder as he is standing on the ground and, at WWE Money-in-the-Bank he will win the Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity and cash it in on the same night to leave WWE Money-in-the-Bank as the World Heavyweight Champion! Can Matt Hardy make good on his promise this Sunday at WWE Money-in-the-Bank?
Two more of the eight competitors in the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match were in action on SmackDown as Matt Hardy would go one-on-one with “The Platinum Superstar” Dolph Ziggler, who is accompanied by SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero! In the end, it was Vickie Guerrero providing the distraction that allowed Dolph Ziggler to catch Matt Hardy with the Zig Zag en route to pinning Matt and picking up the win! Can Dolph Ziggler win the Money-in-the-Bank title opportunity this Sunday?
Then it was time for “The All-American American” Jack Swagger to potentially face the music as Jack Swagger would try to prove his innocence to Kane in the attack on The Undertaker as Jack Swagger appears with his father and states that he could not have attacked The Undertaker because he spent that day with his father! The Swaggers then present photos of their day together, but Kane interrupts and tells Swagger that he does not believe a word he just said! Swagger frantically tries to prove his innocence to Kane, but “The Big Red Machine” grabs Swagger by the throat and is prepared to deliver a chokeslam to “The All-American American”, but the elder Swagger pleads with Kane long enough for Jack Swagger to counter his way out of the chokeslam and locks in the ankle lock on Kane, but World Champion Rey Mysterio comes out and delivers the 619 to Swagger! Kane then grabs both of the Swaggers by the throat and is prepared to chokeslam them, but Jack Swagger manages to escape and, given the option of saving his father or facing Kane, “The All-American American” opts to turn his back as Kane delivers the chokeslam to the elder Swagger! Still refusing to enter the ring, Jack Swagger bears witness to Kane delivering the Tombstone Piledriver to his father! Is Jack Swagger off the hook as far as Kane is concerned? What destruction will Kane cause this Sunday when he is one of eight competitors in the SmackDown Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match?