Sheamus evens the odds.
Five nights after a shocking and unforgettable Vengeance, the 636th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Toyota Center in the home of WrestleMania X-Seven and WrestleMania XXV in Houston, TX. After a superplex from World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry to “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show that literally imploded the ring, bringing an abrupt end to the World Heavyweight Title match, both Henry and Big Show had to be helped to the back, the state of the World Heavyweight Championship is up in the air, as well as the well-being of both Mark Henry and Big Show!
- Non-Title: The Awesome Truth def. Air Boom by R-Truth pinning Kofi Kingston following the Little Jimmy Finale.
- Wade Barrett def. Trent Barreta by pin following Wasteland.
- Non-Title: Randy Orton def. Dolph Ziggler by pin following the RKO.
- Daniel Bryan def. Tyson Kidd by submission to the LeBell Lock.
- CM Punk (with Sheamus) def. Christian (with Alberto Del Rio & Ricardo Rodriguez) by pin following the GTS.
SmackDown kicks off SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long as the GM reveals that the status of Mark Henry, Big Show, and the World Heavyweight Championship is in a “state of flux” before announcing that both Mark Henry and Big Show are in the arena and, by the end of the night, the future of the World Heavyweight Title will be addressed. Before Long can continue, he is interrupted by “Mr. One More Match” Christian, who states that what happened at Vengeance is “history” and Big Show “blew it”. Christian then states that the void in the World Heavyweight Title picture needs to be filled by a man who has “dominated” SmackDown for the last five months. Long then jumps in, saying the last time he saw Christian, he was getting his head kicked off by Sheamus, but Christian disputes that he is “resilient”. Christian continues, stating that he is begging the GM to find someone who “deserves” a shot at the World Heavyweight Title. “The Voice of the Voiceless” CM Punk then interrupts, but Christian presses on, saying that he deserves “one more match”. Theodore Long then informs Christian that he arranged for some RAW Superstars to appear for a Super SmackDown!
CM Punk states that it is nice to be on a show with some “competent leadership” before saying that he is a fan of Christian’s “wrestling ability”. Christian then interrupts, saying that Punk’s ploy back in the summer to leave the WWE with the WWE Title and holding the company up was a “joke”. Christian continues that he also considers it a joke that Interim RAW General Manager John Laurinaitis is even considering Punk as a contender for Alberto Del Rio’s WWE Title. Punk says that, maybe, Laurinaitis is considering it because, unlike Christian, he does not waste everyone’s time “bitching” about not getting a title shot. Christian states that, as the “leader of SmackDown”, he is telling CM Punk to go back to RAW because no one wants him there. Punk refutes that the crowd in Houston wants him there and he bets that they want to see him in a match with Christian, a match that Theodore Long makes official!
After learning on the RAW SuperShow that they will be facing the blockbuster pairing of John Cena and “The Great One” The Rock at Survivor Series, The Miz & R-Truth faced WWE Tag Team Champions Air Boom in non-title action on SmackDown. In the end, it was Awesome Truth hitting the Little Jimmy Finale on Kofi Kingston en route to R-Truth pinning Kofi Kingston for the win.
Backstage, United States Champion Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger, & Vickie Guerrero confront SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long to boast about Dolph’s title retention at Vengeance in his second of two title matches and the GM responds by putting Dolph in a one-on-one match against Randy Orton with Swagger banned from ringside.
After defeating “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Daniel Bryan on last week’s SmackDown and following it up with a victory over John Morrison on the RAW SuperShow, Wade Barrett looked to continue his streak as Barrett went one-on-one with Trent Barreta. In the end, it was Wade Barrett hitting Wasteland on Trent Barreta en route to picking up the win.
With Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes a guest on commentary, “The Viper” Randy Orton went one-on-one with United States Champion Dolph Ziggler, with Vickie Guerrero in his corner, in a non-title match. At the end of a hard-fought match, it was Randy Orton hitting the RKO on Dolph Ziggler en route to picking up the win over the United States Champion.
After being forced to unmask on last week’s SmackDown, the man formerly known as Sin Cara Negro comments that it is “payback time”. What does the former Sin Cara Negro have planned?
After an earlier argument over who was better between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, “Mr. Money-in-the-Bank” Daniel Bryan went one-on-one with Tyson Kidd on SmackDown. In the end, it was Daniel Bryan ending his losing streak by forcing Tyson Kidd to tap out to the LeBell Lock to pick up the win.
Just five nights after Mark Henry superplexed Big Show and collapsing the ring at Vengeance, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show appeared on SmackDown. Big Show states that Mark Henry was an “out-of-control monster” at Vengeance, admitting that Mark Henry brought it to him. Big Show then says that he wants to reinforce the ring and “do it one more time”. Show continues that he knows that he can take the World Heavyweight Title from Mark Henry before revealing that Theodore Long has informed him that there will be a rematch in the near future. Before Big Show can continue, he is interrupted by World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry, who says that Show will not be getting a rematch. Henry continues that he handled his business and, now, he is done with Big Show, adding that he is beat up because of the ring caving in, but Big Show is sore and beaten up because he made Show that way. Henry then threatens to put his foot in the mouth of Big Show. As Big Show looks ready to fight, Mark Henry opts to walk away from the challenge. When will the rematch between Mark Henry and Big Show for the World Heavyweight Title take place?
Then it was time for the main event as “The Voice of the Voiceless” CM Punk went one-on-one with “Mr. One More Match” Christian. During the match, CM Punk sets Christian up for the GTS, but the music of WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio blares throughout the arena as Del Rio and his personal ring announcer, Ricardo Rodriguez comes out and make their way to ringside, distracting Punk in the process. Later on in the match, Ricardo Rodriguez gets on the apron of the ring, temporarily distracting CM Punk. However, Punk is able to regain focus, getting the better of Christian, but when Punk heads to the top rope, Rodriguez distracts the referee, allowing Alberto Del Rio to knock Punk off of his perch. Christian was then set to take advantage with the Spear, but before Christian could hit the move, Sheamus rushes out, chasing Rodriguez off and distracting Christian long enough for Punk to catch Christian with the GTS en route to picking up the win. With this victory over Christian, has CM Punk done enough to convince Interim RAW General Manager John Laurinaitis to grant him a WWE Title shot at Survivor Series?
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