Christian and Alberto Del Rio will face each other at Extreme Rules for the Word Championship, with the title going to Raw if Del Rio wins. But on the first SmackDown since the Draft, it was Randy Oton with the biggest impact.
As Orton entered as a SmackDown wrestler for the first time in five years, He was about to declare how he was going to beat CM Punk on Sunday when Drew McIntyre and Alex Riley came out one by one and suffered an RKO. Del Rio and Broadus Clay came out and looked to gang up on Orton, but Christian came to his aid, and Theodore Long declared there would be a tag team match between Del Rio/Clay and Christian/Orton.
Both Del Rio and Clay wore down Orton and Christian for much of the match; even when Orton tagged Christian or vice versa, the others eventually went to work on them. When Del Rio went to the top corner himself, though, both he and the referee were distracted by Orton, allowing Christian to get in a head-scissors flip and tag Orton. As he went for the RKO, Del Rio pushed him off and tagged in Clay, but Orton simply hit the RKO on Clay for the win.
Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater seemed intent on regaining the Tag Team Championships against Kane and The Big Show. But ultimately, two giants were just too much.
Gabriel was very effective at getting Big Show off his feet with several kicks, even though Show once kicked out so hard he threw Gabriel out of the ring. Show finally stood up from Gabriel’s sleeper hold finally tag Kane. Once in, Kane dominated Slater; when he finally went for the choke slam, Gabriel came in and nearly got slammed as well, but they both fought out. Kane dodged their double clothesline, and Show came in so they could both deliver choke slams, with Kane hitting Slater for the win.
As Rey Mysterio looked to give the SmackDown crowd one last sendoff, Mark Henry looked to dominate in his SmackDown debut.
Every time Mysterio fought with kicks, Henry countered with moves like a massive clothesline. Mysterio tried to go to the top rope, but Henry knocked Rey off the ropes with one hand and then sandwiched him in the corner. Henry once took the fight outside the ring and whipped Mysterio into the steps, but Rey rolled away and got Henry to run into the steps himself. When Henry went for a sit-down slam, Rey rolled away so Henry crashed to the mat, then he eventually kicked Henry to his knees near the ropes, allowing him to hit the 619. But as he went to the corner, Cody Rhodes pulled him down to the apron, breaking up the match and took the fight into the crowd – much like he will be able to do on Sunday – before he threw him back into the ring so Henry could hit the World’s Strongest Slam. Rhodes than slipped one of his paper bag masks on Mysterio – like he vowed to do after their Falls Count Anywhere match on Sunday.
In another match that showcased two relocating stars, Sin Cara was impressive in his SmackDown debut, while Jack Swagger left questions unanswered as he and Michael Cole prepare to face Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler.
Sin Cara showed off his creative offense early like a one-armed flip from the second rope, but Swagger immediately responded with a massive clothesline. Swagger whipped Cara into the corner multiple times and looked to hit the Swagger Bomb, but Cara got his knees up to catch him in the face. Swagger eventually ducked away from Cara’s springboard and delivered a big boot. Cole then gave Swagger a leather strap – which will be legal in their match on Sunday – but Cara got on his shoulders for a rollup to beat him.
Kofi Kingston looked to have a final match before moving to Raw, but Sheamus was only intent on hurting the former SmackDown star in a match that never officially took place.
Sheamus went after Kingston right from the ramp, slamming him into the walls several times before finally throwing him into the ring just to deliver one Brogue Kick and leave.
The broken relationship between Michelle McCool and Layla finally came to a head, but it will end on Sunday – with one of them not returning. Both women had no intention of staying confined to a match, as they quickly took the fight outside the ring and remained there, throwing each other into the barricades and and trading shots on the floor. They didn’t even pay attention to the referee as he had to go for the double countout. Once more referees came out to break them up, Layla demanded a no-holds-barred match at Extreme Rules. Michelle agreed only on the condition that the loser leaves WWE.