WWE is taping this week’s edition of SmackDown at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Special thanks to readers Mike T, Kevin Dern, John Hatfiels, RJ Rothell, and Josh Northcutt for sending text-message updates.
* Edge is out first. He cuts a promo saying that there is no more debate, he is the face of SmackDown. He criticizes Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho, & CM Punk for their loses at Judgment Day. The fans are cheering hard for Hardy to come out. Teddy Long comes out to the ring. He announces that Edge will take on Jeff Hardy in a rematch at Extreme Rules. Jeff Hardy comes out to the ring. He asks the crowd want to see that match tonight. Jeff will take on Edge tonight and the winner will pick the stipulation for their match at Extreme Rules.
* Ricky Ortiz cuts a heel promo dogging Cincinnati for their sports teams.
* Charlie Haas, Shelton Benjamin, & Ricky Ortiz b. Cryme Tyme & John Morrison – The World’s Greatest Tag Team start the match off working on JTG’s shoulder. JTG finally tags out to Morrison. Everyone gets in the ring and begins fighting. The referee separates everyone and Morrison hits Starship Pain on Charlie Haas for the win.
* Melina is backstage with Josh Mathews. She talks about the number one contender match between Michelle McCool and Gail Kim. She says she ran through Raw and now it’s time to see what SmackDown has. Alicia Fox comes in and says that McCool says to warm the title up for her. Melina smacks her.
Michelle McCool w/ Alicia Fox b. Gail Kim to become the #1 Contender.
– Quick match. Fox tries to get involved but Gail hits her face on the ring post. McCool connects with a Styles Clash for the win.
* Rey Mysterio is interviewed backstage. He says that he’s moving on from Jericho to give some of the young guys a chance. He wants to bring back some honor to the title. He then talks about past Intercontinental Champions, wanting to become the greatest, the history of the mask, and more.
* CM Punk b. Chris Jericho
– Before Punk comes out, a recap from WWE Superstars is shown. Jericho plays the crowd up and takes control of the match. Jericho & Punk continue to go back and forth both connecting with their finishers. Umaga comes out of the crowd and attacks CM Punk. He gets on the mic (yes,in English) and challenges Punk to a “Samoan Strap” match at Extreme Rules.
* Ricky Ortiz & Maria are shown backstage talking. He says he is going to rally up. Jeff Hardy walks by and Maria ditches Ortiz. She tells him he did a good job at Judgment Day. They then talk about Extreme Rules. Hardy leaves and Ortiz tells Maria she is looking for love in all the wrong places. He tells her to “keep your head up and rally up” then gives her his rally towel.
* A SmackDown rewind of the Dolph Ziggler/Great Khali feud is shown.
* Dolph Ziggler b. R-Truth
– Ziggler gets the win with his finisher after R-Truth dominates the majority of the match. After the match Khali comes out and chases Dolph back into the ring where Truth hits him with a spinning elbow.
* A replay of the Eve & Layla feud is shown. Eve vs. Layla is announced for next week.
* Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio in a No Holds Barred match is announced for Extreme Rules.
* Jeff Hardy b. Edge
– Jeff Hardy comes out to a huge pop. Edge dominates early on and draws a ton of heat. Hardy is down on the outside. The crowd is trying to “bring him back” but Edge does the duty instead. Hardy gains control and hits Whisper in the Wind for a two-count. Jeff Hardy then misses two Twist of Fates but eventually hits a third for the win via pinfall.
Todd Grisham asks Hardy what the stipulation at Extreme Rules will be and he says a “Ladder Match.” This ends this week’s SmackDown.