We open the show with our announcing eam, Josh Matthews and Matt Striker, welcoming us to SmackDown in Mexico City.
Our announcers begins to tell about how this is a new SmackDown without a champion when those familiar eight chords ring through the arena, and John Cena comes out to the ring to start the show.
As he goes to grab a mic, the audience seems to give him an extremely mixed reaction. John Cena smiles and shrugs as he enters the ring.
"Welcome everybody to Friday Night SmackDown! Boy, it feels like a lifetime ago since I was last a part of this roster. Are you guys excited? I know I am!"
The crowd roars in approval. "Let's get down to business, though. I am out here tonight for one reason. SmackDown has no champion, and, as a competitor in WWE, I am here to stake my claim for the title. I will fight anyone in the back for this title. Just give me my shot."
Cult of Personality blares through the arena, and CM Punk appears to a huge pop from the crowd. He already has a mic in hand. He makes his way down the ramp.
"Woah, woah, woah, John. Let's just calm down here. This isn't Monday Night Raw anymore. There is change in the air. Can't you feel it? We are not here on a new brand, with new stars just for the WWE to return to form and hand John Cena the WWE Title for the record breaking 11th time. I think, no, I know, I speak for everyone when I say we all want a change, and that change starts with CM Punk."
He enters the ring to face down Cena.
"Can I have your attention, please?" Michael Cole says as he comes out to me the two competitors. "For those of you who don't know, I have been named the new SmackDown general manager, and I will not have you two causing havoc on my first day. You two both are great competitors who deserve a shot at becoming the WWE Champion again here on my SmackDown, so let's settle it. The main event tonight will be a two-out-of-three falls match between..."
The Miz's music hits as he enters the arena and makes his way to the ring. The crowd gives him good heat as he smiles.
"No offense meant, Michael, but I needed to stop this travesty. No one can be SmackDown's newest WWE Champion besides the most must see WWE Champion in history, The Miz. You want your first show to be a success? Give me that title."
Michael Cole says back, "You have a great point, Miz. Instead of CM Punk,..."
Alberto Del Rio's music hits. He gets a mixed reaction from the Mexico City audience.
"Stop this nonsense. We all know that only one man deserves the WWE Title, and that is me: Alberto Del Rio."
Every man in the ring looks about ready to throw down until Michael Cole stops them. "OK, OK, OK, there is only one way to settle this. We are going to have a tournament. Eight of SmackDown's finest will face off to determine our first WWE Champion on my SmackDown. The first match is up next, as The Miz faces John Morrison."
The Miz seems flustered as the other stars leave the ring. Cole can be heard saying that the Miz has nothing to worry about. Morrison hasn't won a match in months.