Tonight, Smackdown is coming from the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. Later tonight, World Heavyweight Champion Edge will be coming out to announce his retirement & surrender the belt.
Chimel intros Rodriguez who calls out Alberto Del Rio, who comes out in a classic Rolls Royce to a lot of heat from the crowd. He says that tonight it is about Edge, respectfully paying tribute to Edge's career. He says that it is his destiny to win the World Heavyweight Championship, but not like this. He wants Edge to come out and give him the belt. But Teddy Long comes out to the ring and says that won't be happening. He tells Del Rio that he'll still be in a Ladder Match at Extreme Rules for the title, but there will be a new number one contender determined later tonight in an over-the-top battle royal. Del Rio argues this, but Long stands his ground. Del Rio says he's glad that he forced Edge to retire, which of course draws heat from the crowd. Del Rio tries to argue its his destiny to be the champ, but Long interrupts him and says its his destiny to shut up, and leaves. And after this, we get our first commercial break.
Kofi Kingston vs Exekiel Jackson (w/The Corre)
Back from break and Big Zeke is already in the ring, awaiting the arrival of Kofi. The rest of The Corre are at ringside, chai riding at commentary. Kofi comes out to a nice pop from the crowd. While Kofi & Zeke go back and forth in the ring, Barrett, Slater, & Gabriel go back and forth verbally at commentary as to who is going to win the Royal later tonight. It gets interrupted by Zeke as he throws Kofi onto all three of them. As Barrett tries to get in the ring, the ref is distracted long enough for Zeke to toss Kofi to the mat like a rag doll and get the 1-2-3 for the win.
Winner: Ezekiel Jackson
Postmatch: Big Zeke takes the mic to say that he is the personification of domination, & after the battle royal, he will be the #1 contender & everyone will know, including The Corre. Are they forgetting that Zeke was the last ECW champion before they retired it? And we have ourselves another commercial break.
Back from break and we're shown a clip of LayCool talking to a therapist about being a team. Michelle did apparently show up, but she's not thrilled with this. They bicker back and forth for a few minutes before Michelle walks off.
Back at the arena, Cody Rhodes is already in the ring. He's in his wrestling attire, but the lights are out over the ring. He has a hoodie on covering his face. He says that beating Mysterio at Wrestlemania isn't enough. He says he is going to win the battle royal later tonight, & win the Heavyweight title at Extreme Rules. He says that winning the title will be the only gratification for his disfigurement & he will not stop until he disfigures Mysterio's face and gets vindication. Mysterio's music hits to a large pop from the crowd. He hits the ring going after Rhodes. He goes for the 619 but Rhodes blocks it. Mysterio kicks him then hits with the 619 in the midsection this time & Rhodes retreats backstage as we go to another commercial break. During the break, they replayed the clip for Awesome Kong.
Rey Mysterio vs Drew McIntyre
Back from break and Drew comes out as Rey is still in the ring. Drew stares down Rey, literally. Rey takes it to Drew, but Drew takes it right back to him as he hits him with a power slam. Drew has control early on until he picks up Rey for a side slam, but Rey reverses it tossing Drew into the ropes. Rey goes for the 619 but is blocked by Drew. Rey kicks him to the outside, and as he goes for a baseball slide, he's caught by Drew who then tosses him into the barricade head first. And we have a commercial break.
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