The 571st edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX. After defeating Jack Swagger at WWE Money-in-the-Bank and defeating “The All-American American” again last week in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to become the new #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title at SummerSlam, “The Master of the 619” Rey Mysterio would go one-on-one with “The All-American American” Jack Swagger in a No Disqualification Match! After narrowly escaping with the Women’s Title by defeating Kelly Kelly at WWE Money-in-the-Bank, Layla would defend her Women’s Title on SmackDown, but this time, Layla would be defending the prestigious gold against Kelly Kelly’s best friend, Tiffany!
- Christian def. Drew McIntyre by roll-up.
- Big Show def. Luke Gallows by DQ after CM Punk interferes.
- Non-Title: Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) def. Kofi Kingston by DQ after Kofi Kingston refused to relent his attack on Dolph Ziggler.
- Women’s Championship: Michelle McCool (with Layla (c)) def. Tiffany (with Kelly Kelly) by pin with the Faith Breaker to retain the Women’s Title on Layla’s behalf.
- No DQ: Rey Mysterio & Jack Swagger fight to a No Contest.
One week after learning that he will defend the World Heavyweight Title against Rey Mysterio at SummerSlam, the World Heavyweight Champion, Kane, kicks off SmackDown! Kane says that for “sixty days and sixty nights” by his brother, The Undertaker’s bedside for any “sign” from “The Deadman” as to who was responsible for the attack that left him in a vegetative! Kane then reveals that the “unthinkable happened” when he witnessed his brother move and open his eyes! Kane continues that The Undertaker managed to speak and that his brother spoke only two words, but those two words revealed the identity of his assailant! Kane then states that, when he heard the name, a “tidal wave of anger” overtook him as he could not believe what he had heard as the guilty party had been “staring” him in the eyes the entire time, but he was too “blind to see it” before revealing the man responsible for his brother’s state was none other than Rey Mysterio! Kane then reveals that, after uttering the name of Rey Mysterio, The Undertaker fell back into his unconscious state! Kane continues that the more he thought about it, the more he realized that it was “true” and that it “made all the sense in the world”! Kane then explains that, before the Fatal 4-Way pay-per-view, The Undertaker defeated Rey Mysterio for a spot in the Fatal 4-Way World Heavyweight Title match, but after The Undertaker was put in a vegetative state, Rey Mysterio took the available spot and ultimately won the World Heavyweight Title! Kane then proclaims that his brother was not able to “stop” Rey Mysterio, but he “stopped” Rey by winning the World Heavyweight Title and bringing the “holy grail” back to the “dark side”! Kane then emphatically proclaims that, at SummerSlam, “victory” will not “satisfy” his “appetite for vengeance” and that he will make Rey “pay” for his “sins” and force Rey experience what The Undertaker has “endured” before vowing to stuff Rey Mysterio into a casket and will send Rey to “eternal hell”! Kane then vows that, after SummerSlam, the Rey Mysterio that everyone knows will “cease to exist” and that he will force Rey to “repent” what Mysterio did to The Undertaker and “all that will be left will be the darkness” for Rey Mysterio! How will Rey Mysterio respond to the accusations of Kane? Can anyone stop Kane from destroying Rey Mysterio?
The opening match of the night saw Christian in action as “Captain Charisma” went one-on-one with “The Chosen One” Drew McIntyre! Despite Drew McIntyre viciously assaulting the left shoulder of Christian throughout the match, including ramming Christian’s shoulder into the ring structure, steel steps, and steel ring post, Christian was still able to catch McIntyre out of nowhere with a roll-up to win the match! How will Drew McIntyre respond to this loss?
Backstage, an enraged CM Punk is with his Straightedge Society of Luke Gallows, the newly unmasked Joey Mercury, & Serena as “The Straightedge Savior” gets in the face of his followers and blames them all for him having his head shaved, having his arm injured by Kane, and getting unmasked by Big Show before shouting at the three of them that they are “nothing” without him and that they had better “do something” or they might as well “pack their bags”! What will The Straightedge Society do? Is CM Punk serious about disbanding The Straightedge Society?
After being ordered to “do something” by his leader, CM Punk, “The Straightedge Disciple” Luke Gallows would be looking to do so as Gallows would go one-on-one with “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show! During the match, the bout spilled to the outside where CM Punk would deliver a kick to the knee of Big Show before Joey Mercury joins in and The Straightedge Society would proceed to hold Big Show down with his hand on the steel steps as CM Punk, and even Serena, would methodically stomp away at the hand of Big Show to the point of Big Show passing out from the unbearable pain inflicted on him! After the vicious attack, CM Punk would stuff his arm sling into the face of Big Show, shouting that Big Show “needs it more” than he does! What is the status of Big Show following this attack by The Straightedge Society?
One week after Vickie Guerrero aided Dolph Ziggler in defeating him, Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston would go one-on-one with Dolph Ziggler in a rematch from last week and, if Dolph wins, he would earn a shot at the Intercontinental Title on next week’s SmackDown! During the match, Vickie Guerrero once again got involved, this time slapping Kofi Kingston across the face! The slap enraged Kofi as the Intercontinental Champion relentlessly pounded Dolph Ziggler to the point of getting disqualified! Even after being disqualified, Kofi continued to assault Dolph, hurling Dolph over the announce table before bouncing Dolph’s head off of the announce table before finally tossing Dolph into the ringside barricade! Referees finally pulled Kofi off of Dolph, but the fact still remains that Dolph did defeat Kofi, meaning that Kofi will defend the Intercontinental Title against Dolph on next week’s SmackDown! Can Kofi Kingston retain the Intercontinental Title or will Dolph Ziggler finally win the Intercontinental Championship?
The Women’s Title was up for grabs on SmackDown as, after successfully defending her gold at WWE Money-in-the-Bank against Kelly Kelly, Layla, with her LayCool teammate Michelle McCool at ringside, would defend the Women’s Title against Kelly Kelly’s best friend, Tiffany! However, before the match could begin, SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero came out to announce that as the “co-Women’s Champions”, either member of LayCool can defend the gold before announcing that Michelle McCool would defend the Women’s Title instead of Layla! During the match, Layla grabbed the ankle of Tiffany, but Kelly Kelly intervened, which allowed Tiffany to take Layla out of the match! However, Michelle McCool would take advantage of the distraction en route to hitting the Faith Breaker to win the match and successfully retain the Women’s Title! After the match, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long appears and states that there is only “one Women’s Championship” and that LayCool has one week to decide, amongst themselves, who is the true Women’s Champion or he will decide for them next week! Can Michelle McCool & Layla decide which one of them will represent SmackDown as the sole Women’s Champion or will SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long be forced to make the decision for LayCool?
Then it was time for the main event as the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title at SummerSlam, Rey Mysterio, would go one-on-one with “The All-American American” Jack Swagger in a No Disqualification Match! In a match where, essentially, anything goes, Jack Swagger took full advantage and then some as Swagger fought Rey Mysterio through the crowd, through the backstage area, outside of the arena, into a traffic-filled street and onto the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, where Rey fought back and ultimately tossed “The All-American American” into the icy cold Gulf of Mexico water! Rey Mysterio thought he dodged a bullet by not getting thrown into the Gulf, but the World Heavyweight Champion, Kane, grabbed Rey by the throat and hurled Mysterio into the icy Gulf as well! How will Rey Mysterio respond to being tossed into the Gulf of Mexico by Kane? What else does Kane have in store for his SummerSlam opponent?