Size & Power Wins Out.
The 713th edition of WWE Friday Night SmackDown came to you from the Thompson-Boling Arena at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. As Sheamus & Randy Orton’s problems with Big Show continue to intensify, another super heavyweight has, quite literally, shoved his way into the picture as Mark Henry has inexplicably attacked Sheamus in the backstage area twice in the past week, first on SmackDown last week and again on Monday’s RAW, and, on SmackDown, “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus and “The Viper” Randy Orton would face the daunting team of “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show and “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry!
- Fandango def. Santino Marella by pin following the reverse swinging STO.
- Champion vs. Champion: Non-Title: Kofi Kingston def. Wade Barrett by roll-up.
- Alberto Del Rio def. Jack Swagger by roll-up.
- 6-Person Mixed Tag Match: The Great Khali, Hornswoggle, & Natalya def. Primo, Epico, & Rosa Mendes by The Great Khali pinning Epico following the Punjabi Plunge.
- Big Show & Mark Henry def. Sheamus & Randy Orton by Big Show pinning Randy Orton following a chokeslam.
SmackDown kicks off with the overnight sensation known as Fandango as “The Dancing Enigma” was set for action, but before the match got underway, Fandango approaches SmackDown Ring Announcer Lilian Garcia, asking Lilian if she has ever “Fandangoed” before. Appearing a bit creeped out by Fandango’s flirtatious and up-close approach, Lilian tries to leave the ring, but Fandango spins Lilian back into his arms and their faces nearly touch. Fandango then dips Lilian and says that her dancing was “absolutely terrible”, intentionally dropping Lilian! The confused Lilian then scrambles to her feet as Fandango says that Garcia is a “beautiful woman”, but there is “nothing beautiful” about the way she dances. Lilian then exits the ring as Fandango says that each and every one of the people in the crowd “butcher” his name and his signature dancing. Fandango then turns his attention back to Lilian Garcia, asking Lilian to pronounce his name, but Fandango is then interrupted by the comedic buffoon known as Santino Marella. Santino calls Fandango “Fandingle”, taking issue with how Fandango treats the fans, as well as Lilian Garcia. Santino then does his best mockery of Fandango’s dance and, when Fandango charges after Santino, Marella pulls down the top rope, sending Fandango to the outside.
After their unique introduction moments earlier, the opening match of the night saw “The Dancing Enigma” Fandango going one-on-one with Santino Marella. In the end, it was Fandango hitting a swinging reverse STO en route to picking up the win.
Backstage, Big Show confronts SmackDown General Manager Booker T and his Senior Advisor Theodore Long as the usually angry giant actually thanks Theodore Long for giving him a tag team partner, accusing Booker of risking one of SmackDown’s top stars by putting him in Handicap Matches. Big Show then fist-bumps the Senior Advisor before exiting the office. Not the least bit pleased, Booker glares at a beaming Theodore Long, but Long ignores his employer, leaving to catch up with Big Show.
After being the one to finally unseat Antonio Cesaro to win the United States Title, the new United States Champion Kofi Kingston went one-on-one with Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett in a non-title, Champion vs. Champion Match. In the end, it was a cocky pin by Wade Barrett that would cost him as Kofi Kingston counters the pin attempt into a roll-up, catching the Intercontinental Champion by surprise and picking up the big win.
Backstage, Renee Young is conducting an interview with Mark Henry about his recent unexplained attacks on Sheamus, but “The Celtic Warrior” himself interrupts the interview, tackling Mark Henry and putting him through a table and other debris just like Henry has been doing to Sheamus!
Before they join champion Dolph Ziggler in a Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Title at next month’s Extreme Rules, SmackDown would feature a WrestleMania rematch as “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio, with Ricardo Rodriguez in his corner, went one-on-one with “The Real American” Jack Swagger, with Zeb Colter in his corner. At the end of an intense, back-and-forth match that saw both men fight through their respective injuries, it was Alberto Del Rio finally catching Jack Swagger with a roll-up to pick up the hard-fought victory.
In a unique 6-Person Mixed Tag Match, the team of The Great Khali, Hornswoggle, & Natalya would face Primo, Epico, & Rosa Mendes on SmackDown. In the end, it was The Great Khali planting Epico with the Punjabi Plunge en route to picking up the win for his team.
Then it was time for the main event of SmackDown as “The Celtic Warrior” Sheamus & “The Viper” Randy Orton would face the gargantuan team of “The World’s Largest Athlete” Big Show and “The World’s Strongest Man” Mark Henry. In the end, it was Big Show planting Randy Orton with a chokeslam en route to picking up the win for himself and Mark Henry.
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