Friday January 1st 2010
Kemper Arena â€“ Kansas City, Missouri
The show kicks off from the Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri. Matt Striker and Todd Grisham welcome us to the first SmackDown edition of 2010 and Striker reminds everyone that this is the same venue the inaugural Smackdown show was in back in April 29, 1999. The stage and entrance ramp explode with pyros and fireworks as the fans roar and the cameras pan around the arena.
*No Chance In Hell*
Unexpectedly, Vince McMahon makes his way to the ring and demands a microphone. Vince says he made a very important New Year resolution that will change SmackDown forever. Vince goes on to say that as of this moment, Theodore Long is relieved of his duties as General Manager and Vickie Guerrero will no longer be considered a SmackDown consultant. Mr. McMahon says that the new authority figure will be revealed to the public after tonightâ€™s main event. Vince announces that we will see a Four Corners Elimination match featuring Edge, Rey Mysterio, Big Show and Kofi Kingston to determine the #1 Contender for Kaneâ€™s World Heavyweight Championship. The crowd pops after every name and seems to be happy at the idea of having four of their favorites compete for a chance at the world title. Vince also announces that we will also see Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler defend his title against Kaval and LayCool will compete in a tag match against the team of Beth Phoenix and Kelly Kelly. Vinceâ€™s music plays as he exits the ring and we go backstage in the parking lot arena where we see the World Heavyweight Champion Kane walking with Paul Bearer as he bumps into Edge. The champion and former champion come face to face as Bearer does nothing but look on. Edge finally smiles and tells The Big Red Machine that he will be seeing him very soon.
Somewhere else in the backstage area, we see Chavo Guerrero trying to comfort Vickie who seems to be upset for losing her consultant job. Chavo tells Vickie that they represent the Guerrero family and should not make â€œla familiaâ€ look weak. At this time, Alberto Del Rio passes by dressed in a suit and starts to laugh at the duo calling them pathetic and a shame to the Latino community. Chavo initially ignores Alberto until the latter begins to talk about the late Eddie Guerrero that is when Chavo snaps and gets in Albertoâ€™s face and warns him to never utter that name again. Alberto continues to laugh and dares him to do something about it, so Chavo clocks Del Rio and starts nailing him with a fury of punches before finally stopping and saying â€œHow about I see you in the ring later?â€