SmackDown results: The first SmackDown WWE Title Match in four years leads to a Triple Threat challenge!

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June 01, 2012

World Heavyweight Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler

At the beginning of SmackDown, Alberto Del Rio was given the right to choose World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus' opponent for the night — just 16 days before he will challenge The Great White for the title at No Way Out. Later, while The Mexican Aristocrat was attempting to determine his selection, Dolph Ziggler volunteered — determined to establish his own elite status in the squared circle. Seeing the passion in The Showoff’s eyes, the No. 1 contender was more than happy to grant his wish.

Prior to the match-up Vickie Guerrero emerged before the WWE Universe, attempting to reveal the “special arrangement” she had made for the night. However, before she could, she was swiftly interrupted by Ziggler himself. Without breaking stride, the bleach blond Superstar grabbed her microphone and made the profound statement, “Tonight, I beat the World Heavyweight Champion.”

But despite his unrelenting resolve, it was not to be. In the heart of the heated battle between The Showoff and The Celtic Warrior, Jack Swagger’s, perhaps unwelcome, attempt to help Ziggler overcome The Great White fell short. This opened the door for the World Heavyweight Champion to take advantage and overcome his opponent’s tremendous efforts with the Brogue Kick.