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WWE SmackDown video highlights: Hit-and-run, Bryan vs. Sheamus

A hit-and-run angle was the focus of last night's SmackDown.

The show opened with the revelation that Elias had been hit by a car outside of the WWE Performance Center. The driver of the vehicle wasn't around, but it was revealed to be Jeff Hardy's rental car and a bottle of alcohol was found inside of it. A disoriented Hardy was then found and taken into police custody, while Elias was also removed from WWE's Intercontinental title tournament due to being unable to compete.

Hardy vs. Daniel Bryan and Elias vs. AJ Styles were supposed to be the semifinals of the tournament. Styles advanced to the finals automatically, but Bryan said he wasn't a coward and wanted to face a new opponent. Sheamus, who lost to Hardy in the first round, won a 10-man battle royal and went on to face Bryan in the main event.

Bryan defeated Sheamus in the semifinals, hitting him with a running knee after Hardy made his return at the end of the match. Hardy then attacked Sheamus until Sheamus fled.

WWE.com furthered the storyline by posting an update after SmackDown went off the air:

WWE Digital has learned Jeff Hardy was released from custody by the Orlando police after successfully passing the required sobriety tests, therefore absolving Hardy of the charges of public intoxication, driving under the influence, and the hit-and-run on Elias earlier tonight.

Elias was found injured in the parking lot with an abandoned car nearby before Friday Night SmackDown began. Hardy was taken into custody after being found in a dazed state not far from the scene, but he reemerged as Sheamus battled Daniel Bryan in the night's final match.

Stay tuned to WWE social and digital channels for the latest updates on the developing situation.

More coverage from last night --

WWE SmackDown video highlights --

Jeff Hardy arrested after hit-and-run

Elias and Jeff Hardy out of IC title tournament, Daniel Bryan will face new opponent

10-man battle royal, winner advances to face Daniel Bryan in IC title tournament semifinals

Lacey Evans vs. Sonya Deville

The Forgotten Sons issue another warning to the SmackDown locker room

Bayley & Sasha Banks interrupt Tag Team Champion Summit on A Moment of Bliss

Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks

Shorty G vs. Cesaro

Otis and Mandy Rose have a poolside date

Kurt Angle announces Matt Riddle's call-up to SmackDown

Daniel Bryan vs. Sheamus in IC title tournament semifinals, Jeff Hardy returns

SmackDown fallout: Shorty G reacts to getting payback on Cesaro