?Yes, sir, we promised you a great main event?? The WWE video leads us into the show.
We open the show up with a video recap of the World Heavyweight Championship Match at Night of Champions. If you haven?t heard by now, Jeff Hardy shocked the world and defeated CM Punk for the championship. This was a well done video package.
Justin Roberts now introduces the new World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy, who comes out to a tremendous applause. Jim Ross and Todd Grisham welcome us to the show. Tonight Jeff Hardy will make his first World Heavyweight Title defense against John Morrison. They show exclusive footage from after Night of Champions, when CM Punk shook the new champion’s hand as a sign of respect.
Hardy says if this is a dream then don?t wake him up because he’s just chillin? in the imag-i-nation, kicking it Jeff Hardy style, the new World Heavyweight Champion. Hardy says he’s not dreaming. Hardy thanks all the outcasts, rejects, freaks, and all the people who stood with him through thick and thin, and always believed in what he stands for.
Hardy mentions that before Night of Champions, CM Punk said some pretty rotten things to him and the audience. Hardy says that we?re all with him in just saying ?no? to being force fed his point of view. The fact is if everyone in the world was just like CM Punk, it?d be a boring world. They?re both different, and that’s why this life is cool. The only thing Hardy is high on is being World Heavyweight Champion for us. Hardy says he was born a free spirit and has beat to his own drum ever since. He’s human, we?re human, and we have the god given right to live life the way we choose, and be who we want to be.
Hardy says Teddy Long has given CM Punk his rematch anytime he wants it against whoever is the champion at that current time. The reason he brings that up is his opponent tonight is one of the most talented guys he’s ever been in the ring with. He shines like no other and that man is John Morrison. Hardy says last time his title reign was way too short and he doesn?t plan on that happening again. Hardy knows he’s in for a fight and warns Baltimore to be ready. Morrison has beaten CM Punk twice and we might be in for one of the most breathtaking, amazing, death-defying main events in Smackdown history! Hardy thanks the crowd.
Cryme Tyme’s music hits and they make their way down to the ring. They high five Jeff Hardy and raise his arms with the World Heavyweight Championship. Cryme Tyme will be in action, next.
The WWE Smack of the Night is Shaquille O?Neal as Raw’s Guest Host and him pushing Big Show down.
#1 Contender’s Match for the Unified Tag Team Titles
Cryme Tyme vs. The Hart Dynasty
The winners will go to Summerslam to face Chris Jericho and Big Show.
It?ll be Shad Gaspard and David Hart Smith starting out the match. They lock up and attempt to gain a power advantage. Smith quickly hits a punch and Shad fires back with a few of his own. Smith gets a boot in the midsection and locks Shad in a headlock. Shad punches him off and into the ropes. Smith ducks a clothesline so Shad goes into the ropes and hits the Pounce. Smith goes for a tag but Kidd doesn?t want to get in yet. They circle the ring before locking up again. Shad gets a quick boot and punch before whipping Smith into the corner. Shad charges and hits an avalanche in the corner. Shad whips Smith off the ropes and Tyson Kidd makes a blind tag. Smith hangs on to the ropes and slides out of the ring. Kidd then dropkicks Shad in the knee from behind.
Kidd hits a leg breaker and locks on a leg bar. Kidd drops a knee on the injured leg and sets it up on the bottom rope. Kidd attempts to spring over the top rope to stomp on it but loses his balance, yet is able to save himself and stay on the apron. Kidd then pulls his leg over the apron and slams it off that. Shad rolls out of the ring and Kidd gets back in. Kidd tags in David Hart Smith, who quickly goes to the outside and whips Shad into the ring steps. Shad clutches his leg in pain as we go to a break.
We come back from the break to see Smith pulling Shad away from his corner, preventing the tag. Smith continues stomping at the leg. Hart gets a single leg takedown and locks on a nice single leg crab. Hart really has it locked on well, stepping on the back of Shad’s head. Shad is finally able to turn himself and kick him off with his good leg but Smith quickly tags Kidd back in. Kidd holds the leg but Shad is able to kick him off and make the tag to JTG.
JTG hits a shoulder thrust, flips into the ring, and hits a flipping shoulder block. JTG then hits a dropkick and a back body drop before celebrating with the crowd. JTG dropkicks Smith off the apron before hitting Kidd with a second rope flying leg drop for a two count. JTG sends Kidd into the ropes but he holds on and kicks JTG in the face. Kidd attempted to flip over to the apron but didn?t have enough momentum so he had to simply do it the old way and go through them. Kidd hits a springboard blockbuster for a near fall. Kidd picks JTG up and JTG gets an inside cradle for a near fall. Kidd gets up and charges into a sunset flip, giving JTG another near fall. Kidd then kicks him from behind. JTG twists out of an Irish whip and hits an over the knee neckbreaker for a two count, which is broken up by David Hart Smith.
Smith attempts to pull Shad off the apron but Shad kicks him off and takes him down with a clothesline off the apron! Kidd drop-toe-holds JTG into the turnbuckle and rolls him up but JTG rolls through with a school boy for a two count. Kidd then goes for a crescent kick to the midsection but JTG blocks that and hits the Shout Out (his spinning clothesline) for the win and Cryme Tyme is going to Summerslam!
Winners by Pinfall: Cryme Tyme
Match Rating: ** ?
Cryme Tyme celebrates big time in the ring before they?re interrupted by the Unified Tag Team Champion Big Show and Chris Jericho. Their theme songs are mixed in together. Show is wearing a suit with a vest as well and looks? strange. Jericho tells Cryme Tyme to enjoy their moment and congratulates them but lets them know it all goes downhill from here. Jericho says he can see in their faces that they?re riding high being so close to achieving their childhood dreams of being WWE Tag Team Champions. However, just like us failures, they?re going to fall short of their goals as well because they?re going to destroy their hopes and dreams. What Cryme Tyme fails to realize is that they?re dealing with the most powerful duo in sports today. They have a combined forty titles between them. Jericho asks if they realize how great they are. They?re the perfect synergy of strength, agility, intelligence, ruthlessness, and honesty.
Shad cuts them off and says what they?re looking at is Han Solo and Chewbacca. Shad says he can speak wookie and does a Chewbacca impression while doing Big Show’s taunts. Jericho apologizes and asks if they think this is some kind of joke. Jericho says this is no joke. JTG says the joke is that when Shaq is around Jericho didn?t have too much to say, and calls him ?Christina.? JTG then blows Jericho a kiss from Shaq. Ok, strange. JTG then calls Big Show ?fat boy? and says that he didn?t have too much to say either because Shaq knocked him down on his flat back. JTG says all jokes aside, at Summerslam they?re going to be the ones knocking them down. Shad says at Summerslam they?ll be leaving with the WWE Tag Team Championships around their waists.
Big Show says the only reason they?re running their mouths like this is because they?re allowing them to do so. Their credentials already surpass the greatest tag teams in history. Big Show says he and Jericho are used to being champions and having gold around their waists. Jericho is a former five time world champion and the greatest all around performer the industry has ever seen. Big Show is the only one in history to have ever held the WWE, WCW, and ECW Championship. Not only that, but he’s a giant, which means he’s bigger and better than all of us. Jericho says for them to enjoy their party with all us criminals because at Summerslam the party is over.
Still to come tonight is Rey Mysterio and Finlay taking on Dolph Ziggler and Mike Knox.
They build up our Main Event for tonight which is Jeff Hardy vs. John Morrison for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Michelle McCool & Layla vs. Eve Torres & Melina
It?ll be Melina and Layla starting this one out. They lock up and Layla quickly gets a waist lock on. Melina elbows her in the face and forearms her down. Melina attempts to attack McCool but she gets off the apron. Layla lays some punches in on Melina but has a whip reversed on her and is taken down by a hip toss. Melina tags in Eve and she and Melina hit a double elbow drop for a no count. Eve hits a rough powerslam for a one count. Eve sends Layla into the ropes and dropkicks her down. Eve has a whip to the corner reversed on her but is able to hit a back elbow when Layla charges. Eve goes to the second rope so Layla kicks her in the leg, knocking her down. Layla kicks her in the face and tags in Michelle McCool.
McCool comes in and kicks Eve before picking her up and kneeing her in the face. McCool hits some more knee strikes before dropping a leg for a near fall. McCool locks a chin lock on now and keeps Eve grounded. Eve fights up and counters out with a jawbreaker. Both Divas make the tag and Melina comes in clotheslining Layla down twice. Melina has a whip to the corner reversed on her but she’s able to slingshot over Layla. Melina hits a flapjack followed by a running split kick. Melina goes for the Primal Scream but Michelle McCool comes in and kicks Melina in the face. Eve runs in and dropkicks her out of the ring. McCool then kicks her in the face on the outside. McCool gets tagged back in and kicks Melina again. McCool goes for the Faith Breaker but Melina counters into her Code Red move and gets the surprise win!
Winners by Pinfall: Eve Torres & Melina
Match Rating: * ?
Josh Mathews welcomes his guest, former World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk. Mathews asks if it’s true that earlier today in the locker room CM Punk said Jeff Hardy’s victory was an upset. Punk says where he comes from that’s an upset. That’s not to take anything away from Jeff Hardy but he just has a hard time believing the better man won when Hardy lives that type of lifestyle. Punk says he doesn?t respect anyone who lives that lifestyle. This isn?t Punk being ?preachy,? this is just him stating facts. Punk says he wishes everyone could be straightedge. Hardy has said he likes to live in the moment so Punk tells him to enjoy the moment because it won?t last very long. Punk has a lot of fans he?d like to thank and he won?t let them down. Punk wishes John Morrison and Jeff Hardy luck and says he’s taking on the winner.
Backstage Dolph Ziggler is walking with Maria. Ziggler kisses her hand before leaving her there to go fight his match, next.
They show a shot of the Baltimore Harbor and then we go back into the arena for the match.
All the combatants make their entrances and they?ll start the match next.
Dolph Ziggler & Mike Knox vs. Finlay & Rey Mysterio
The match begins and it?ll be Dolph Ziggler and Rey Mysterio starting it out. They circle the ring and lock up. Ziggler quickly gets a headlock and Mysterio punches him off into the ropes. Ziggler takes him down with a shoulder block. Ziggler goes into the ropes, over and under Mysterio, before hitting him with a kick. Ziggler sends him into the ropes but Mysterio ducks the clothesline and hits a head-scissors takedown. A whip is reversed on Mysterio but Ziggler lowers his head and eats a kick. Ziggler falls into Mike Knox, who gets tagged in, and Mysterio goes back into the ropes only to be flattened by a cross-body block from Mike Knox! Knox gets a near fall.
Knox whips Mysterio hard into the corner and he goes down. Knox stomps Mysterio before picking him up and punching him down. Knox whips him hard into the opposite one and runs into some boots from Mysterio. Mysterio comes off the second rope for a hurricanrana but Knox holds him up. Mysterio counters into the hurricanrana and goes for the 619 but Knox avoids it. Mysterio hits an enzuigiri and tags in Finlay, who comes in with a pair of clotheslines and a cannonball for a near fall. Finlay drives a shoulder into Knox and hits the Rolling Hills for a near fall. Finlay knocks Ziggler off the apron but has a whip to the corner reversed on him. Knox charges into a boot and Finlay goes to the second rope. Knox hits a bicycle kick and Finlay goes to fall out of the ring but his leg is tangled in the ropes! Finlay may have hyper-extended the knee. Knox has a heel hook locked on but Finlay kicks out. Knox quickly knocks him down and hits a guillotine catapult into the ropes.
Ziggler is tagged in and he hits a dropkick. Ziggler hits a trio of shoulder thrusts for a near fall. Ziggler cuts Finlay off before he makes the tag and locks Finlay in a chin lock. Ziggler comes down hard on the lower back before stretching Finlay’s leg for a one count. Ziggler controls Finlay before he makes the tag and tags Mike Knox back in. Knox drops a leg and covers for a near fall. Knox locks on a leg bar and Finlay knees out. Wasn?t this guy squashed by Khali last week? Knox cuts Finlay off before he makes the tag and controls him with a half nelson. Knox then knocks Mysterio down on the apron and tags in Ziggler.
Knox holds Finlay and Ziggler kicks him before splashing him in the corner. Ziggler has an inside cradle for a one count so he drops a big elbow for a two count. Ziggler misses another elbow drop but is able to cut Finlay off. Ziggler tags Knox back in, who comes in with a stomp. Knox stretches the leg hard and hits the Perfect leg breaker before tagging Ziggler back in. Ziggler covers for a near fall and tags Knox back in. Knox body slams Finlay and goes for a knee drop but Finlay avoids it. Knox tags Ziggler back in and he cuts Finlay off before he can make the tag. Ziggler sends Finlay to the corner and goes for a splash but Finlay moves and tags in Rey Mysterio!
Mysterio comes in with a springboard seated senton! Mysterio ducks a clothesline and hits some forearms. Mysterio goes into the ropes and right into a kick from Ziggler. Ziggler goes for a sunset flip but Mysterio rolls through and kicks him in the head for a near fall. Mysterio has a whip reversed on him but he hits a springboard cross-body for another near fall. Mysterio has another whip reversed on him but he hangs on to the ropes. Ziggler charges into a boot and then a drop-toe-hold into the ropes. Mysterio hits the 619 and dropkicks Knox off the apron! Mysterio hits his slingshot splash and covers but it’s broken up at two and a half by Mike Knox! Knox throws Mysterio out of the ring and then turns into a huge clothesline over the top rope by Finlay! Ziggler goes for his finisher on Finlay so Mysterio runs in and rolls him up for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: Finlay & Rey Mysterio
Match Rating: ** ?
Rey Mysterio and Finlay celebrate in the ring as Dolph Ziggler looks on fuming.
Josh Mathews is backstage with John Morrison. Mathews says later tonight he has his first match for the World Heavyweight Championship and asks if he’s prepared for the Extreme Enigma Jeff Hardy. John Morrison congratulates Jeff Hardy on winning the title. Morrison knows he worked hard to win the title but before he can celebrate they have a date with destiny. Hardy said earlier that they?ll create history and he is right. The energy from their match will spark a blaze not just in Baltimore but through all the WWE Universe. Tonight neither man will hold anything back. Hardy’s made a career of taking high flying risks but tonight Morrison has nothing to lose and everything to gain. Morrison hopes Hardy has had a good time at the Hardy Party because tonight the title is coming to the Palace of Wisdom.
Backstage the Great Khali and Ranjin Singh are walking to the ring. Khali will be in action next.
Did you know more males (under 65) watched Smackdown last Friday than ANY show on ABC, NBC, Fox, or CBS?
Charlie Haas is already in the ring, ready to be fed to Khali. Haas deserves better than this.
Charlie Haas vs. The Great Khali
The match begins and Haas isn?t in any rush to start. Haas avoids a lock up and punchs to no effect. Khali simply grabs his head and pushes hhim down. Haas hits some clubs and kicks before running into a hand around the throat. Khali throws him to the corner and hits him with kicks and a back elbow. Khali hits a chop to the chest and waits for Haas to get up. Khali hits the Brain Chop and waits for the Punjabi Plunge but Kane comes in through the crowd. Khali turns and Kane runs out of the ring. Kane then grabs Ranjin Singh and Khali comes toward him angrily. Kane then drops Singh and runs out of the ring. Khali checks on Singh.
Winner: No Contest
Match Rating: Zero Stars
Backstage Jeff Hardy and John Morrison are warming up. They?re ready for the Main Event tonight!
Jim Ross and Todd Grisham thank Aerosmith for the use of their song ?You Gotta Move,? the official theme song of Summerslam.
Wow, did you hear Shaquille O?Neal guest hosted Raw? I?m still waiting for a Smackdown Rebound on Raw. Show some respect to your other shows.
Justin Roberts now announces that this next contest is scheduled for one fall and is for the World Heavyweight Championship! The challenger John Morrison makes his way to the ring, ready for a fight. This match is next!
World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy makes his way to the ring to a tremendous reception. Justin Roberts then does the big match introductions and we?re ready to begin this one.
World Heavyweight Championship Match
John Morrison vs. Jeff Hardy (c)
Mike Chioda checks then for foreign objects and then starts this championship match at 9:30. They circle the ring and lock up. Hardy gets a quick waist lock and Morrison counters out with an arm twist. Morrison grounds him with an arm bar before picking him back up and wrenching the arm. Hardy counters into a hammerlock and then into a headlock. Morrison whips Hardy off but gets shoulder blocked down for a one count. Hardy quickly gets a chin lock on and has it on tight. Morrison powers up and flips Hardy off. Hardy blocks a kick so Morrison hits a pele kick for a two count.
Morrison sends Hardy to the corner hard and covers for a two count. Morrison locks a grounded cobra clutch on (you maggots). Hardy fights up and punches out. Hardy gets a school boy for a one count. Morrison quickly gets up and clotheslines him down for a two count. Morrison locks on a chin lock but Hardy quickly fights up. Morrison cuts him off with a knee before sending him into the ropes. Hardy ducks a clothesline and hits a running forearm. Hardy hits another one before hitting an inverted atomic drop and attempting his double leg to the midsection but Morrison blocks it! Morrison then catapults Hardy over the top rope! Morrison then goes for a vault but Hardy moves and Morrison lands on the apron. Morrison kicks Hardy in the chest and hits an Asai Moonsault! We?ll take a break here!
We come back from the break to see Hardy in a chin lock. Morrison has it locked on for a bit until Hardy fights up and attempts to elbow out but Morrison counters with a forearm. Morrison sends Hardy into the ropes but lowers his head and eats a kick. Hardy goes for the Twist of Fate but Morrison counters into a jackknife pin for a two count. Morrison hot shots Hardy off the top rope and goes for Starship Pain but Hardy moves and Morrison lands on his feet! Morrison charges into a back elbow and Hardy crushes him with Whisper in the Wind for a near fall!
Hardy hits a snapmare before digging his knee into Morrison’s back and getting a chin lock on. Hardy then changes it into a half nelson neck wrench. Morrison gets to his feet and Hardy clubs him down. Hardy hits a body slam and hits a Hardy Boy Leg Drop off the second rope for a near fall. Hardy locks on a chin lock for a bit. Morrison fights up and tosses Hardy off. Hardy charges into a back heel trip backbreaker. Morrison hits a Russian Leg Sweep before hitting a STANDING Shooting Star Press for a near fall! Wow!
Morrison hits a European Uppercut and hits the ten punches to Hardy in the corner. Morrison hits a neckbreaker for a near fall. Morrison sends Hardy to the corner and charges but Morrison back body drops him over the top rope but Morrison lands on the apron. Morrison and Hardy both punch one another and they?re both on the apron. They both climb the ropes and slug it out. Both men come out the losers here as they stun one another and fall off the second rope to the outside! Morrison took an especially nasty spill here! We?ll take the final commercial break here.
We come back from the break to see Morrison and Hardy trading punches with Morrison coming out on top. Morrison goes into the ropes and clotheslines him down. Morrison hits a dropsault before going into the ropes and being taken down by a spinning neckbreaker from Jeff Hardy! Hardy finally takes him down and hits the double leg to the midsection followed by a dropkick to the face for a near fall. Morrison goes to the apron and Hardy hits him with a shoulder thrust. Hardy goes for a sunset flip powerbomb to the outside but Morrison holds on and drops a knee on Hardy’s neck!
Morrison has a whip into the barricade reversed on him and he hits hard! Hardy sets the ring steps up and jumps off them with a flying wheel kick, sandwiching Morrison between the barricade and Hardy! Hardy rolls Morrison into the ring for a near fall. Hardy gets the crowd into it and goes for the Twist of Fate but Morrison pushes him off into the corner. Hardy runs up the corner for the Whisper in the Wind but Morrison moves! Morrison hits a nasty running knee to the face for a near fall!
Hardy is basically out on his feet. Morrison sends him to the corner and goes for the Flying Chuck but Hardy ducks it. Morrison hits a jumping back heel kick and almost lands on Hardy’s face. This gets Morrison a near fall. Morrison punches Hardy a few times before picking him up and having a whip to the corner reversed on him. Hardy charges but Morrison lifts him up, crotching him on the top rope. Morrison hits the Flying Chuck for a near fall! Morrison hits a European Uppercut and goes for the Moonlight Drive but Hardy twists that into a sit-out front suplex. Hardy goes to the top rope and hits the Swanton Bomb! Hardy covers? AND MORRISON KICKS OUT!! When’s the last time anyone kicked out of the Swanton Bomb??
Morrison is seated in the corner so Hardy goes for his slingshot dropkick but Morrison counters into a big kick. Morrison goes for Starship Pain but Hardy gets his legs up! Hardy drops him with the Twist of Fate and goes up to the top rope! Jeff Hardy hits the Swanton Bomb for the second time and pins John Morrison to retain his World Heavyweight Championship!! What a match!!
Winner & STILL World Heavyweight Champion: Jeff Hardy
Match Rating: *** ?
Jeff Hardy celebrates in the ring until CM Punk’s music hits. Punk comes down to the ring applauding and applauds John Morrison as he walks up the ramp. Punk gets in the ring and raises Jeff Hardy’s arm in victory. Hardy looks like he doesn?t believe what is going on so CM Punk does it again. Punk then backs off clapping and grabs a microphone. Punk starts out by saying, ?The last few weeks?? and then clocks Hardy in the skull with that microphone! Punk now assaults Hardy with clubs and elbows to the back of the neck before throwing him out of the ring! Punk sends Hardy into the security wall twice and continues kicking him! Hardy is busted open from the microphone shot! Punk slams Hardy into the barricade and continues punching him in the back of the neck. Punk now begins elbowing Hardy in the neck and knocks him down with the crowd booing!
Punk goes to walk away but runs back, not having had enough! Punk continues kneeing him in the back before hip tossing him over the announcer’s table! A trainer runs down to clean up Jeff Hardy’s bloody wound as Punk walks up the ramp smiling as the crowd boos him. Punk gets to the top of the ramp and says he wants everyone all over the world to tune into Smackdown next week, because that’s when he’s going to take back HIS World Heavyweight Title!
Quick Match Results
Cryme Tyme def. The Hart Dynasty (JTG p. Kidd)
Eve Torres & Melina* def. Michelle McCool* & Layla
Finlay & Rey Mysterio* def. Dolph Ziggler* & Mike Knox
Charlie Haas NC The Great Khali
Jeff Hardy def. John Morrison to RETAIN the World Heavyweight Championship
Bump of the Night: John Morrison falling off the second rope to the outside!
Match of the Night: Jeff Hardy vs. CM Punk *** ?
Wow, what an edition of Friday Night Smackdown! This may be the best Smackdown of the year! We had a tremendous World Heavyweight Title contest and CM Punk’s full blown heel turn!
What a World Heavyweight Championship Match! Jeff Hardy and John Morrison both looked tremendous in this one. Morrison got the rocket permanently strapped to his back now. Morrison even kicked out of the Swanton Bomb, something I don?t recall ever seeing. This match got me really excited, partly because I didn?t even expect Jeff Hardy to be on the show this week. I was convinced that last week was his last Smackdown. Now he’s our World Heavyweight Champion and he’s a fighting champion. He?ll have his second defense next week!
Now onto CM Punk’s full blown heel turn. Punk was tremendous in this one. I kind of knew he?d attack Hardy but I figured we?d at least get the promo first. Instead Punk faked me out and hit him right away with the microphone and flat out assaulted him! We even got our first sight of blood in a while. I?m so excited to see Smackdown next week it’s not even funny. Smackdown is strong heading into the road to Summerslam.
Nice to see Rey Mysterio and Dolph Ziggler lock horns once again, along with Finlay and Mike Knox. Mysterio and Ziggler had a great match on Sunday which did nothing but elevate Ziggler. He really hung in there with Mysterio and he did the same tonight. Mike Knox also looked good here. This was a big improvement since being squashed by Khali last week. Finlay, as always, was crisp here. This was a fun tag match.
Speaking of fun tag matches, Cryme Tyme and the Hart Dynasty had another one tonight. These teams mesh so well and I wish it was both of them going to Summerslam to face Jericho and Show but for now it’s only Cryme Tyme. Cryme Tyme then had a great promo segment with Jericho and Show after the match. It’s a great pairing between these two, and I?d just like to call I?m the only one from the faculty who called that right! Finally got my Gold Star!
The Divas had a pretty good tag match tonight. I?d be remiss if I didn?t state that Michelle McCool and Melina had one of the best Divas matches I?ve seen in a long, long time. What a great match that was. It’s a shame about the possible injury that I heard about to Michelle McCool at a house show. I hope it’s nothing serious. The Diva division will be in trouble if she goes down.
Why are Kane and Great Khali still feuding? Why?
Final Rating: *** ?
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