SmackDown milestone moments (cont.)
April 14, 2005:
WWE Champion John Cena introduced his WWE Championship Spinner Title.
Sept. 9, 2005: SmackDown lived out its true path of destiny, moving from Thursday nights to its current Friday night slot in its season premiere.
Nov. 18, 2005: Following the death of Eddie Guerrero, a very emotional SmackDown paid tribute to the fallen Superstar in the second part of Eddie Guerrero's Tribute Show.
Nov. 25, 2005: Randy Orton, assisted by his father Hall of Famer Bob Orton, drove the late Eddie Guerrero's low-rider through the SmackDown set with The Undertaker on the back, causing the car to explode.
Jan. 13, 2006: World Heavyweight Champion Batista was forced to surrender his gold, thanks to an injury suffered at the hands of Mark Henry less than a week before. The announcement led to an impromptu 20-Man Battle Royal later that night in which Raw's Kurt Angle surprised all by entering and becoming World Champion.
May 26, 2006: After losing the United States Championship, JBL demanded a rematch from World Heavyweight Champion Rey Mysterio that same night, proclaiming that if he lost, he would walk away. When Mysterio defeated him, the self-proclaimed "wrestling god" had no choice but to step down and transition into semi-retirement as a SmackDown Color Commentator.
Aug. 18, 2006: The Undertaker reigned supreme over The Great Khali in an absolutely staggering Last Man Standing Match, highlighted by the unbelievable moment in which The Phenom miraculously beat the 10-count after being thrown from the elevated stage and through some tables.
May 11, 2007: After World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker defended his championship against Batista in a steel cage and was then attacked by Mark Henry, The Ultimate Opportunist, Edge, emerged to cash in his Money in the Bank opportunity and become the new champion.
July 10, 2007: Merriam - Webster announced it would induct the word "smackdown" as an official word in Webster's Dictionary.
July 20, 2007: Due to injury, Edge was forced to surrender the World Heavyweight Championship. The announcement sparked an impromptu 20-Man Battle Royal later that night in which The Great Khali was crowned the new World Heavyweight Champion.
Sept. 21, 2007: The highly anticipated, Superstar-studded wedding of SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long was cut short when Long suddenly had a heart attack just as he was uttering the words "I do." These circumstances led to the elevation of Vickie Guerrero as the new SmackDown General Manager.
April 11, 2008:
The Great Khali and his entourage made a special Punjabi Peace Offering
to Big Show, offering presents that included a goat, a chicken and
GangesRiver water - a bottle of Indian refreshment. Big Show then
expressed how he felt by knocking The Punjabi Playboy out with one
July 18, 2008: Edge & SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero's wedding reception was interrupted by then-WWE Champion Triple H. The Game shocked all by producing a video of The Rated-R Superstar kissing the wedding planner in his hotel room.
Oct. 3, 2008: SmackDown celebrated its MyNetworkTV debut with a Superstar-packed All-Star Kickoff that included a Champion vs. Champion Triple Threat main event between the WWE, World Heavyweight and ECW Champions.