On the final stop before Money-in-the-Bank, the 673rd edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO. With his victory in The Great American Bash Battle Royal on last week’s Super SmackDown Live, Zack Ryder would turn SmackDown into ZackDown as the Interim General Manager for one night only! Also on ZackDown, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus goes one-on-one with a former World Heavyweight Champion in Chris Jericho as the two would square off in a non-title match.
- Alberto Del Rio def. Sin Cara by submission to the cross armbreaker.
- Primo def. Darren Young by small package roll-up.
- Dolph Ziggler & Cody Rhodes def. Christian & Santino Marella by Dolph Ziggler pinning Santino Marella following the Zig Zag.
- Big Show def. The Great Khali by pin following the W.M.D.
- Ryback def. Tyler Reks by pin following Shell Shocked.
- Damien Sandow def. Justin Gabriel by pin following the straightjacket neckbreaker.
- Non-Title: Sheamus def. Chris Jericho by pin following the Brogue Kick.
The show kicks off with the Interim General Manager of SmackDown, Zack Ryder, who welcomes everyone to the first ZackDown in history before leading the Denver crows in the world’s biggest group of fist pumps. “The Long Island Iced Z” is then interrupted by the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, Alberto Del Rio, who calls Ryder a “clown” before vowing that he will become the new World Heavyweight Champion this Sunday. Ryder says that he brought Del Rio to ZackDown for a reason, because there is a Superstar who wants a piece of Del Rio before the Interim GM reveals Del Rio’s opponent as the man who Del Rio assaulted two weeks ago on RAW, Sin Cara, gets his shot at revenge.
Per the orders of Interim General Manager Zack Ryder, the opening match of ZackDown saw the #1 Contender for the World Heavyweight Title, Alberto Del Rio, going one-on-one with the latest qualifier for the World Heavyweight Championship Contract Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, “The International Sensation” Sin Cara. In the end, it was Alberto Del Rio locking in the cross armbreaker on Sin Cara, forcing the high-flyer to tap out.
The #1 Contenders for the WWE Tag Team Titles, The Prime Time Players appeared on ZackDown as Darren Young, with Titus O’Neil & A.W. in his corner, went one-on-one with Primo, with Epico & Rosa Mendes in his corner. In the end, it was the veteran, Primo, catching Darren Young with a small package roll-up to pick up the win, putting a rare blemish on The Prime Time Players’ record.
Four of the eight participants in the World Heavyweight Championship Contract Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match were in tag team action on ZackDown as Intercontinental Champion Christian teams with United States Champion Santino Marella to face “The Show-Off” Dolph Ziggler and Cody Rhodes, with Vickie Guerrero in their corner. In the end, it was Dolph Ziggler hitting the Zig Zag on Santino Marella en route to pinning the United States Champion to pick up the win for himself and Cody Rhodes.
ZackDown also featured a titanic showdown as one of the four competitors in the WWE Championship Contract Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show, went one-on-one with “The Punjabi Giant” The Great Khali. Big Show felled The Great Khali quickly as Show toppled Khali with the W.M.D. en route to picking up an impressive win.
After Curt Hawkins failed to defeat Ryback on last week’s SmackDown, Hawkins’ tag partner, Tyler Reks, would try his hand at victory as Reks went one-on-one with “The Undefeated War Machine” Ryback on ZackDown. Despite Tyler Reks getting a few shots in on Ryback, Ryback was still able to hit Shell Shocked on Reks en route to racking up another dominant victory.
Another participant in the World Heavyweight Championship Contract Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match was in action on ZackDown as Damien Sandow went one-on-one with Justin Gabriel. In the end, it was Damien Sandow hitting the straightjacket neckbreaker on Justin Gabriel en route to picking up the win.
Then it was time for the main event as, two nights before he defends the gold against Alberto Del Rio at Money-in-the-Bank, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus went one-on-one with one of the four competitors in the WWE Championship Contract Money-in-the-Bank Ladder Match, Chris Jericho, in a non-title match. At the end of an incredibly hard-fought match, it was Sheamus blasting Chris Jericho with the Brogue Kick en route to picking up a huge win. After the match, Sheamus was celebrating his win on the staging area when Alberto Del Rio’s music hits. As the World Heavyweight Champion watches a car pull into the arena, Sheamus is blindsided by Del Rio as Del Rio delivers an enziguiri to the champion before hanging Sheamus off of the stage while holding Sheamus’ arm in the cross armbreaker for several minutes before referees were finally able to break the hold!
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