Welcome to Friday Night Smackdown, or, for this week only, Friday Night Zackdown as Smackdown's GM for this week is Long Island, Iced Z! Zack Ryder. Ryder earned the right to become GM of Smackdown for the week after winning a battle royal last week where he last eliminated Kane.
We kick things off this week with a video from the latest episode of Z True Long Island Story in which Zack Ryder announced that he will be GM of Smackdown this week.
Smackdown comes to us this week from Denver, Colorado and your commentators are Booker T, Michael Cole & Josh Matthews and Lilian Garcia introduces the GM for the evening’s festivities, Zack Ryder. Ryder welcomes everyone to the very first Friday Night Zackdown. He then gets a fist pump started with the crowd and says this is going to be the greatest Smackdown ever. Alberto Del Rio then comes out. Del Rio says he thought Teddy Long was a joke when he was General Manager but he calls Ryder a stupid clown who calls himself the internet champion. He steps into the ring and says this Sunday he becomes the real world champion and after that he will rule Smackdown. Ryder then corrects Del Rio and says this is Zackdown. Ryder tells Del Rio there’s someone who wants to get their hands on him and he’s Del Rio’s opponent right now and out comes Sin Cara and we are taken into our first match
Sin Cara vs Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio charges and Sin Cara sidesteps. Dropkick by Sin Cara and Sin Cara off the ropes and Del Rio drops him with a clothesline into a cover and 2 count only. Another cover after a series of stomps and again 2 count. Suplex by Del Rio and another near falls. Irish whip and Del Rio charges but misses and Sin Cara puts the boots to Del Rio. DDT by Sin Cara and a cover but only a 2 count. Irish whip by Sin Cara, reversed by Del Rio and a back elbow. Scoop and slam and 2 count on Sin Cara. Del Rio off the ropes but Sin Cara moves out of the way and Del Rio holds onto the ropes. Del Rio on the apron and Sin Cara with a kick to the head sending Del Rio to the floor. Suicide dive to the outside by Sin Cara
Hard kick by Sin Cara and cover for a 2 count. Sin Cara on the top rope and a series of headbutts. Picks Sin Cara up and delivers a shoulderbreaker. Armbar on Sin Cara looking for a submission. Del Rio whips Sin Cara into the ropes, Sin Cara with a kick to the face. Sin Cara off the ropes again and Del Rio counters with a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker. Cover by Del Rio but 1 count only. Del Rio works over the arm and again 2 count. Sin Cara fighting back but Del Rio kicks his leg out from under him. Flying headscissors by Sin Cara. Knee strikes to Del Rio, Del Rio charges, Sin Cara gets the boots up and a DDT to Del Rio and a 2 count. Sin Cara to the top, swanton and misses. Del Rio locks the cross armbreaker in and Sin Cara taps.
The winner of the match: Alberto Del Rio
Backstage: Teddy Long is with Zack Ryder and tells him he's doing a good job of running Smackdown tonight. Big Show comes in and says Ryder is doing a terrible job and he can't believe Ryder won the battle royal. Ryder shouldn't be the GM Big Show should be. Great Khali then shows up and Ryder books Big Show vs Great Khali
Primo vs Darren Young
Primo & Epico lock up and an exchange of blows between the two and Primo gets the upperhand with a headbutt. Irish whip by Primo reversed by Young and Young runs into Primo’s boots. Primo to the top and flying headscissors delivered to Young. Young with an irish whip looking for a clothesline, Primo ducks and holds onto the ropes. Drop toehold by Primo and Young falls face first against the middle rope. Primo off the ropes and the leg across the back of the neck sliding out to the floor. Primo back in and Young with a slingshot across the top rope. 2 count on Primo and Young slides out of the ring dropping an elbow across Primo’s neck and Young on the apron with the leg drop and 2 count. Young with a neckbreaker and lateral press but 2 count and back to the cover but 2 count. Legdrops and elbows across the throat and cover but Primo kicks out. Young with the keylock on Primo and Primo back to his feet counters with an armdrag. Springboard flying elbow off the ropes into a cover but Young reverses and catches him hoists him on his shoulders. Counter by Primo, Primo looking for the backstabber but . Young shakes him off. Young looking to finish Primo off, picks him up Primo and Primo rolls into a small package for the three count
The winner of the match: Primo
We get another Raw Memorable Moment and it's from April 11, 2011 when Edge announced his retirement
Backstage: Zack tells Sheamus if he and Alberto mix it up tonight he's calling Sunday's match off because he has reponsibilities. Chris Jericho shows up because he wanted to see this Zackdown train wreck in person. Sheamus tells Jericho if he's looking for a train wreck to step into the ring with him tonight. Jericho says he's not there to step into the ring with anybody he's only there as an observer. Ryder then says that sounds like a great idea and books Sheamus vs Chris Jericho and Sheamus tells Jericho he better not be on this track because he's going to run Jericho over.
Christian & Santino Marella vs Dolph Ziggler & Cody Rhodes
Rhodes and Christian lock up, shoulderblock by Rhodes and Christian back up. Christian with a shoulderblock of his own. Wristlock on Rhodes and tag to Marella. Rhodes tags Ziggler in. Takedown by Ziggler, fireman’s carry into a pin and 2 count. Irish whip into the corner, leapfrog by Marella and he takes Ziggler over with an armdrag. Tag to Christian and Christian comes off the top rope with an elbow. Hot shot by Christian as he snaps Ziggler’s neck back on the top rope. Hook of the leg and 2 count. Knee to Christian and a forearm to the back. Ziggler tags Rhodes back in. Christian fighting off both Rhodes and Ziggler. Christian up on the second rope going for a DDT countered by Rhodes. Rhodes drops him face first. Hook of the leg and quick cover but 2 count only. Tag back to Ziggler and a standing dropkick to Christian. Elbow to the side of the head and reverse chinlock and Christian fights out of it. Christian off the ropes and knee to the gut by Ziggler. Ziggler tags Rhodes back in and a standing front suplex by Rhodes. Rhodes with the cover Christian kicks out. Taking a breather against the ropes, Christian kicks Rhodes away. Rhodes lifts Christian up and sunset flip by Christian. Rhodes kicks out and Christian delivers a flapjack to Rhodes. The tag to Santino, Rhodes tags Ziggler. Santino unloads on Ziggler an armdrag and the flying headbutt off the ropes. Santino sets up for The Cobra, Rhodes with the clothesline from behind. Christian from behind open handed palm strike and he clotheslines Rhodes over the top rope. Ziggler hits the ZigZag, the cover on Marella and the 3 count
Big Show vs Great Khali
Khali and Show lock and the huge slap by Show and Khali fires back and another huge chop to Show. Show with the WMD and the cover on Khali for the 3 count
Tyler Reks vs Ryback
Ryback and Reks lock up and Reks with knees to Ryback and Reks unloading on Ryback in the corner. Reks off the ropes and Ryback mows him down. Ryback tosses Reks to the outside. Ryback yanking him up by the hair and Reks snaps Ryback’s neck on the top rope. Reks back in, off the ropes and belly to back suplex by Ryback. Ryback winding up for the clothesline and Reks gets the boots up. Reks off the ropes and a shot to Ryback’s gut. Off the ropes again and this time Ryback levels him with the clothesline. Ryback picks Reks up on his shoulders and delivers The March Of Ryback, the cover and the 3 count.
The winner of the match: Ryback
Damien Sandow vs Justin Gabriel
Sandow and Gabriel lock up and an armdrag by Sandow and Gabriel with a legsweep into a quick cover but count of 1. Shoulderblock to Gabriel. Sandow with the back suplex. Sandow with The Elbow Of Disdain and 2 count only. Chinlock on Gabriel. Sandow with the whip, Gabriel with a backflip and kick to Sandow’s leg. Series of kicks by Gabriel and one last kick to the head. Gabriel charges but Sandow moves out of the way and Gabriel hits the turnbuckle. Sandow with the double hook and knee strikes and he hits the M14 swinging neckbreakker on Gabriel. Sandow floats over, the cover and the 3 count
The winner of the match: Damien Sandow
We get another Raw re-cap highlighting the revelation of the anonymous Raw GM
Chris Jericho vs Sheamus
Sheamus and Jericho lock up and Sheamus backs Jericho into the corner. Slap to Sheamus and Sheamus beats Jericho down. Irish whip and Jericho holds on and slides out and Sheamus chases him. Back in the ring, Jericho off the ropes, Sheamus hits the battering ram from the ring apron. Jericho hits a dropkick from the second rope and goes for a cover but 1 count.. Irish whip into the corner by Sheamus, Jericho jumps over the ropes to the apron and goes for a right but it’s blocked by Sheamus. Sheamus pulls Jericho back against the ropes and delivers The Fiery Red Hand across Jericho’s chest. And Sheamus off the ropes pushes Jericho off the apron and Jericho goes crashing through the announce table.
Jericho back in and he delivers a kick to Sheamus’ face. Jericho with punches to Sheamus’ head and it’s Jericho with clubs of his own across Sheamus’ chest and a chinlock. Sheamus sidesteps and Jericho hits the post shoulder first. Sheamus with a clothesline. A shoulderblock in the corner and a huge knee to Jericho. A slam by Sheamus but Jericho counters and comes off the ropes, Sheamus hits The Irish Curse backbreaker and 2 count only. Irish whip, Jericho leaps up Sheamus catches him on his shoulder and a rolls forward dropping all his weight onto Jericho but 2 count only. Codebreaker by Jericho but Sheamus blocks it and throws in into the corner. Brogue Kick but Sheamus misses, Jericho springboard off the ropes and a dropkick to the head. Lionsault onto Sheamus and 2 count. Backbreaker by Sheamus and 2 count. Piledriver by Sheamus countered by Jericho into the Walls Of Jericho and Sheamus reaches the ropes. Sheamus looking for White Noise countered again and Jericho locks the Walls in once more. Sheamus counters it. Sheamus with White Noise and 2 count. Sheamus calling for The Brogue Kick, misses, Codebreaker by Jericho and 2 count. Sheamus kicks Jericho away. Sheamus up on the top rope and Jericho hits The Codebreaker and 2 count, Jericho fired up yelling for Sheamus to get up. Jericho looking for another Codebreaker, Sheamus hits The Brogue Kick and the cover for the 3 count
The winner of the match: Sheamus
Post Match: Sheamus is walking up the ramp and Alberto Del Rio’s music hits. Out comes his car but it’s not Del Rio driving. Del Rio from behind and a kick to the head and he locks the cross armbreaker in on Sheamus