The show opens to Batista coming out and – as expected – asking for another rematch since his foot was clearly on the bottom rope last week but the referee didn’t see it. This brings the Undertaker out with a microphone as well, which we rarely see. The Undertaker goes on to say that he doesn’t care if Batista gets a rematch or not. Taker says he’s beaten Batista on the biggest stage of them all, and then once more just short of a week later. Theodore Long comes out now on stage and says that Batista will indeed be getting a rematch, but it won’t just be a regular rematch. Teddy says that since Batista already got his rematch, the GM is going to mix it up a bit. The General Manager says that at the WWE’s next pay-per-view, The Undertaker will be defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Batista – which gets a huge pop from the fans – but he’ll also be defending it in a triple thread match! Batista and The Undertaker both look at Teddy completely surprised with looks of confusion on both of their faces. Teddy then says that in tonight’s main event we will see an over the top rope battle royale to determine the third person in the match. Teddy’s music hits as he walks off stage, as The Animal and The Phenom both look at each other, both not exactly getting what they beckoned for.
The intro then hits and we go to Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield who introduce us to the #1 show of Friday Nights, SmackDown! They talk over video packages of recent happenings on the show such as Mr. Kennedy’s losing streak continuing last week in a loss to King Booker, Kane showing he is “all talk” after a loss to CM Punk, MVP’s victory last week showing Mysterio he’s not giving up, and of course the World Title Match last week where we witnessed a hellacious turnout between Batista and The Undertaker. Michael Cole and JBL look ecstatic for our main event as well as we will see a third competitor in Backlash’s SmackDown main-event, a World Heavyweight Championship TRIPLE THREAT MATCH!
In the first match of the evening we see CM Punk take on King Booker, which had a “monstrous” turnout if you will. CM Punk was doing quite well as he was setting up for the GTS in the end of this match, but Kane came and tried to rain on Punk’s parade … wielding a steel chair! He held it over his head ready to swing for the fences with CM Punks head as a target … But Booker steals the chair right out of the hands of Kane! Kane looks at Booker astonished that he would do this, and Booker raises the chair up towards Kane … But turns and hits CM Punk in the head at the last second, getting him disqualified! King Booker then smashes the chair over the knee of Punk repeatedly, with Kane looking on in amazement. Booker leaves Punk manipulated and out cold in the center of the ring as he stands tall with a steel chair in his hands as Kane makes his way up the ramp, knowing his intentions have panned out … just in a rather unexpected way.
A promo is now shown for a new superstar, Nick Nemeth, coming to the WWE. The promo shows him off as a pretty boy who is quite arrogant, and he says he will become a top dog in no time. The focus of the promo is that he comes from fame and fortune, and lots of money. The promo advertisement says he will be coming to the WWE Draft, 24 hours after WWE Backlash
Backstage we have an interview segment with … The Big Show! We haven’t seen him in action in a long while! The Big Show says tonight he makes his return to SmackDown in the battle royale, and he is going to win it. This is then interrupted by Kane who says that he just showed his dominance, and that he will be winning the battle royale. He says that he had partnered with Big Show before and knows how to defeat him. Now in comes Finlay who says he is going to be the one coming out of the match tonight as the winner and next World Heavyweight Champion. Finlay then says that Kane and Show have it all wrong, and that they need to work together to win the match. Finlay suggests that they work together and together they can eliminate everyone else then fend for themselves. Big Show and Kane both say they’re fine on their own, and both guarantee they will be the next world champion.
The next match is a cruiserweight bout … which we haven’t seen in a decent while here on SmackDown. We have the champion, Chavo Guerrero pitted up against Shannon Moore, in which Chavo picks up the victory. Chavo pulls out another victory after a frog splash which he seems to be doing well with the past while here on Smackdown!
We now backstage see Batista walk into the office of General Manager Theodore Long. Batista says that he wants an explanation for why the hell we need the inconvenient third person added into this match at Backlash. Teddy says to Dave that they have seen way too much of Undertaker vs. Batista, two days in a row to be exact. He says that this will add suspense and a new thickness to their rivalry. Batista says that he doesn’t need thickness, he could put on a show by himself and people would still watch, he doesn’t need The Undertaker, and he ESPECIALLY doesn’t need a third competitor – which draws quite a bit of jeers from the crowd watching on the tron – and Teddy is completely wrong. Batista is now in the face of the GM, breathing quite heavily. Teddy gives his final words to try and calm The Animal by saying that Batista should back down, and that surely Dave wouldn’t want this match to be turned into a FATAL FOUR WAY MATCH would he? This backs The Animal up and out of the picture, just showing Long looking at him with authority as you hear a door slam.
We now have a segment in the ring where MVP is hosting the V.I.P Lounge, and his special guest tonight is Rey Mysterio. MVP doesn’t seem happy tonight, and you can probably guess why. Montel first welcomes Rey to the show in a not-so-meaningful manner. MVP tells Mysterio that at WrestleMania he got lucky and shouldn’t be the U.S Champion, and that he doesn’t deserve it. Mysterio then reminds MVP of how good of a competitor he is as they talk about last year and how Rey was a World Heavyweight Champion, and then embarrasses MVP by asking how many world titles he’s had, which bring a laugh from the crowd. MVP then states that he will one day be a World Champion, but for now he just wants the United States Championship back. MVP says that he will be getting his rematch at Backlash against Mysterio, and he goes on to say that he, Montel Vontavious Porter, will in fact be taking home the gold, and show the world that Rey Mysterio is a fluke. Mysterio and MVP are face to face now, and Mysterio looks away and MVP starts laughing, thinking Rey is backing down, but Rey then takes MVP over a sofa in a spear type motion! MVP is now knocked down and knocked out of the ring, holding his ribs with his head upright on the announce table as Rey stands on the turnbuckles now, hoisting the United States Championship high above his head as we head to a commercial.
In our tag team contest we see London and Kendrick take on Deuce and Domino, which were accompanied by Cherry of course. Deuce and Domino pull out the dirty win after Cherry interfered by handing Domino a pair of brass knuckles which he used behind the referee’s back to secure the victory. Does this mean Deuce and Domino could become in the hunt for the WWE tag team titles?
We now go to our broadcast team as they talk about tonight’s edition of SmackDown, what’s happened previously tonight and mainly focus on the anger of Batista about the main event tonight and the fact that there will be a third participant in his second rematch in a few weeks at Backlash! They ring us through the current card as well and talk about a few of the matches, including Raw’s WWE Title match which brings us to the Raw Rebound, showing Cena demolishing Michaels, throwing him through the table and then counting to ten.
We now see a backstage promo cut now, slowly scrolling through a few of the competitors in tonight’s Battle Royal, all strapping up and getting ready for the contest. We see The Big Show lacing up his boots, Kane putting on some gear even though we saw him earlier in the evening, as well as the rarely seen Scotty 2 Hotty, Finlay, Mr. Kennedy, and The Miz. JBL and Cole state that the now confirmed to be a 15 man over the top rope battle royale will be really exciting as we find out who will take on Batista and The Undertaker at the pay per view, Backlash. They then tell us not to change the channel, because we won’t want to miss it! The match ... is NEXT!
Back from the break we have our main event – an over the top rope battle royale to determine the second contender for the World Heavyweight Championship merely weeks away at Backlash. The match started the way you would expect, all mean just brawling trying to stay alive. The first and main bunch of eliminations consisted of Scotty 2 Hotty, The Miz, Jamie Noble, Daivari, Dave Taylor, Gregory Helms, and more. We were then down to the final four, The Big Show, Mr. Kennedy, Kane, and Finlay. They all grab a corner and are set to go, but seem to have a game plan. Kennedy, Kane, and Finlay all go straight for The Big Show, trying to overthrow the obvious favorite now in this match up. They are not successful however as Big Show throws his completion across the ring, Kennedy flying and crashing down, Finlay flying all the way to the turnbuckles on the far side of the ring. Kane doesn’t move much though, and strikes right back with a right that pushes Big Show against the ropes … Kane then backs up and runs at the Big Show looking for a big boot to the face to eliminate the giant … BUT BIG SHOW LIFTS KANE UP AND THROWS HIM OUT! Kane looks a bit angry, but many referees prompt him away from getting back at Show. Show is laughing as he turns around and starts fighting with Kennedy, as Finlay stays close to the turnbuckles. Big Show and Kennedy are tossing rights as Finlay looks on, but turns towards the outside…? Suddenly, from underneath the ring, Hornswoggle appears, with Finlay’s shillelagh! He tosses it to Finlay who then charges towards Big Show with it, but is caught in a Choke hold, causing him to drop the Irish weapon! Big Show lifts Finlay … AND PLANTS HIM OUT OF THE RING WITH A CHOKE SLAM! Big Show holds on to the ropes now as he looks down at Finlay, laughing knowing he’s eliminated two men of the final four. Big Show turns around … AND KENNEDY BASHES THE SHILLELAGH OVER THE HEAD OF BIG SHOW … SENDING HIM OUT OF THE RING AND ONTO THE FLOOR, ELIMINATED! KENNEDY HAS DONE IT; MR. KENNEDY HAS BROKEN THE LOSING STREAK AND IS GOING TO BACKLASH!
Cole and Layfield talk about how Kennedy’s first win since January could not have come at a more opportune time. Kennedy then gets on the mic and cuts one of his famous microphone promos, saying that he’d finally gotten out of the slump he was in and what a way to do it. He says that everyone gets the pleasure of seeing him perform for them at Backlash, which draws a lot of heat. He then goes on to say he will defeat The Undertaker and Batista and become the new world heavyweight champion. As he goes to say his name all loud and obnoxious as usual, the lights go out ... and a gong is heard! The crowd knows what that means! The lights come back on and Kennedy is standing in the same spot as before with the microphone just dangling next to his head now as he looks around … BUT THE UNDERTAKER IS STANDING RIGHT BEHIND HIM! Kennedy turns and sees The Deadman, unfortunately, and is grasped by the neck … BUT HERE COMES BATISTA! The Undertaker throws Kennedy out of the way as Batista goes flying down the ramp and under the bottom rope, hopping up and taking The Undertaker to the ground! He unloads a round of fists as Kennedy comes over and grabs Batista by the hair, pulling him off of The Phenom. Batista falls and stumbles back a bit, Kennedy then grabs the dangling mic … AND HITS BATISTA BETWEEN THE EYES WITH IT! Batista stumbles backwards holding his head, and now Kennedy marches towards The Undertaker … who now kicks Ken in the stomach … AND LIFTS HIM UP FOR THE LAST RIDE … BUT BATISTA SPEARS THE UNDERTAKER! This knocks The Undertaker down and sends Kennedy from The Phenom’s shoulders … STRAIGHT TO THE CANVAS! Batista then marches over to the ropes, grabs them and shakes them, screaming, veins popping out of his neck! The Undertaker rolls out of the ring now as Kennedy lays beneath Batista. He then looks down at Mr. Kennedy, and down at The Undertaker, who is now slowly backing up the entrance ramp, and puts his thumbs up in the air, signaling for a Batista Bomb! Dave looks at The Undertaker the entire time, not even bothering to look at Kennedy. While still looking at Taker, Batista lifts Kennedy up off the mat … kicks him in the gut … AND DELIVERS A BATISTA BOMB TO THE OTHER NUMBER ONE CONTENDER! Kennedy is now completely wrecked, laying in the middle of the ring, as Batista looks up at The Undertaker who looks a bit frustrated … and The Animal makes the cut throat motion across his neck with his thumb, MOCKING THE UNDERTAKER! The Undertaker looks infuriated now, but he just stands at the top of the ramp, and slowly lifts the World Heavyweight Championship into the air.