WWE taped this week’s edition of SmackDown tonight from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Thanks to Wrestling News World readers Jimmy Davis and Jordan Basenback for providing us with text-message updates.
WWE SmackDown: (Airing Friday)
* While SmackDown is being setup a video package of Shawn Michaels vs. Undertaker at WrestleMania 25 is shown.
* CM Punk comes out with his face painted and dressed like Jeff Hardy. He cuts a promo on how Hardy is gone that we will never see him again. He receives massive heat. Punk then shoots on The Undertaker and how he is a big star. He challenges him to come to the ring. Matt Hardy comes out and cuts him off. Hardy attacks Punk while the crowd responds with a huge pop. Referees come out to break up the altercation.
* Teddy Long and CM Punk are shown talking about what just happened. Long announces that Matt Hardy will face Punk tonight.
* The Great Khali & Finlay b. Mike Knox & Kane
- Finlay starts off the match being dominated by Knox & Kane. Khali is tagged in and comes to the offense. Finlay gets the pin on Knox for the win.
* Vince McMahon is shown backstage with Teddy Long.
* Maria & Eve are shown backstage. Michelle comes up and says that Dolph will leave her. Melina comes up and threatens Michelle with a knuckle sandwich. Maria tells her to stay out of her business.
* John Morrison b. Rey Mysterio to become the new Intercontinental Champion
- Great back and forth match that lasted about 20 minutes. It was described to me as pay-per-view quality.
* R-Truth comes out to the ring. He is attacked by Drew McIntyre who is wearing a dress shirt. After the attack, McIntyre cuts a promo.
* Maria & Eve b. Natalya & Layla
- Eve gets thew in with the pin on Layla.
* Josh Mathews is in the back interviewing Matt Hardy. The lights go out… An Undertaker promo is shown and the lights come back on.
* Matt Hardy vs. CM Punk ends in disqualification
- CM Punk is out first followed by Matt. Slow action throughout with several long two counts. CM Punk goes for a chair shot when the “gong” hits and Undertaker appears. He chokeslams Punk through the announce table. This ends this week’s SmackDown.