WWE is taping this week’s edition of SmackDown at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee. Special thanks to readers Brian Peloquin, James, Ron Heckles, and Stacy Mealer for sending text-message updates.
* Jimmy Wang Yang b. Tyson Kidd via pinfall.
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* Jim Ross & Todd Grisham come out to ringside.
* A Tribute to the Troops video is shown while the ring apron is changed.
* Big Show b. Jeff Hardy
– Jeff Hardy comes out to a huge pop. Big Show dominates at the beginning of the long match. Matt Hardy eventually runs out, but Jeff connects with a Swanton Bomb outside of the ring. Jeff misses Whisper in the Wind and Big Show gets the win via pinfall. After the match, Matt does several legdrops on Matt.
* Gail Kim b. WWE Divas Champion Maryse in a non-tile match.
– Slow match, Maryse poses a lot. Crowd not interested.
* John Morrison b. R-Truth
– John Morrison gets the win via pinfall after hitting R-Truth with an Unprettier. R-Truth is over with the younger fans.
* A “Face Off” segment is up next. Triple H comes out to the ring. Randy Orton’s music plays twice but he doesn’t come out. He’s shown on the screen… Randy tells Hunter that he’s not coming out and he’ll have to wait until next week’s Raw. He goes on to talk about Backlash and taunt Hunter about kissing Stephanie. Orton then says he sent their kids Easter Baskets. Hunter laughs because he know’s something Orton doesn’t… Their match on Monday’s Raw will be a No DQ Match.
* Teddy Long demands that Randy Orton comes out. He announced Orton vs. Triple H in a Street Fight tonight (This was advertised locally as a dark match).
* Long then makes the Matt Hardy vs. Jeff Hardy Backlash match an I Quit Match.
* Undertaker b. Shelton Benjamin
– Undertaker has a new entrance graphic with 17-0 on it. During the match, they had to tape a segment twice, where Shelton goes off the top rope and into Undertaker’s hand for a chokeslam. Undertaker gets the win following a Tombstone.
* Dolph Ziggler tries to introduce himself to MVP. Teddy Long shows up and interrupts. They ignore him and he leaves. Teddy says good luck on Raw and he wants to introduce him to his friend, Sherry from “The View” talk show.
* Dolph Ziggler b. U.S. Champion MVP in a non-title match.
– Boring chants are heard throughout the live audience. Ziggler gets the win with a handful of tights.
* Batista b. Ted DiBiase
– Batista comes out to a big pop. Ted DiBiase gains control early on working on Batista’s knee. Batista regains control and gets the win via pinfall after a Batista Bomb. This ends this week’s SmackDown.