Boom, boom, tap.
Two nights before WrestleMania, the 658th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA. Before he challenges CM Punk for the WWE Championship at “The Show of Shows”, Chris Jericho would go one-on-one with Team Teddy member Kofi Kingston. SmackDown would also feature footage from WrestleMania Axxess in Miami as Superstars, legends, and fans alike prepare for the biggest show of the year.
- Zack Ryder def. Drew McIntyre by pin following the Rough Ryder Leg Lariat.
- Chris Jericho def. Kofi Kingston by submission to the Walls of Jericho.
Before he is a part of Team Teddy at WrestleMania, “The Long Island Iced Z” Zack Ryder went one-on-one with Team Johnny member Drew McIntyre in the opening match of the night. In the end, it was Zack Ryder hitting the Rough Ryder Leg Lariat on Drew McIntyre en route to picking up the win. How will Zack Ryder fare in the 12-Man Tag Match between Team Teddy and Team Johnny this Sunday at WrestleMania?
In a special pre-WrestleMania SmackDown, the show featured a special look at WrestleMania Fan Axxess in Miami, as well as previews of the matches on the card for “The Show of Shows”.
With his Intercontinental Title shot against Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania rapidly approaching, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show appeared on SmackDown. Big Show states that he feels “fortunate” for having such an extraordinary career, but there is one thing he has never had in his career and this is a WrestleMania moment. Show continues that Cody Rhodes has called him a “failure” and Rhodes has made it clear that he intends to make a name for himself at Show’s expense. Show then says that Rhodes will not be stepping into the ring with “history”, he will be stepping into the ring with “The World’s Largest Athlete”. Big Show continues that he “feels it in his heart” that Rhodes’ career is going to get “broken” at WrestleMania, adding that, this Sunday, he will have his WrestleMania moment! Determined to get his moment on the grand stage, will Big Show defeat Cody Rhodes at WrestleMania and win the Intercontinental Title for the first time in his legendary career?
Then it was time for the main event as, two nights before he challenges CM Punk for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania, Chris Jericho went one-on-one with Team Teddy member Kofi Kingston. In the end, it was Chris Jericho locking in the Walls of Jericho, forcing Kofi Kingston to tap out to pick up the win. Can Chris Jericho do the same to CM Punk this Sunday at WrestleMania to win the WWE Championship?
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