Served with a Swagger and a smile

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March 03, 2009

BOSTON - As the rocky Road to the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania took another unpredictable turn through the Land of the Extreme, one Superstar felt the surprising sting of defeat, the Money in the Bank Ladder Match got a lot stronger, and a haunting predator became the haunted prey. 
 
ECW Champion Jack Swagger, World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison def. Christian, Tommy Dreamer & Finlay (Six-Man Tag Team Match)
(WATCH | PHOTOS)
Just one week after Jack Swagger triumphed over Christian in an intense match for the ECW Championship, "The All-American American" once again pinned Captain Charisma in the middle of the ring. After Finlay drove the interfering Miz from the squared-circle amidst a fast-paced array of turnbuckle turmoil by all six Superstars, Christian looked to have Morrison on the ropes. But, when he failed to see the blind tag between the legal Shaman of Sexy and the waiting Swagger, the smiling new face of ECW made him pay for it, hitting his unsuspecting foe with his gutwrench powerbomb for the victory.

Natalya def. Alicia Fox (PHOTOS)
Although Alicia Fox showed a valiant effort in only her second match on ECW, in the end she could not overcome Natalya, as one of the most technically-sound Divas in WWE made her submit with the dreaded family Sharpshooter. When Tyson Kidd attacked DJ Gabriel after the match, Fox's dance partner answered back with a European uppercut that sent Kidd packing. Will Kidd choose to tango with Gabriel any further in the weeks to come?

Mark Henry def. Santino Marella (Money in the Bank Qualifying Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Despite Santino Marella's humorous pre-match analysis that compared his own anatomy to that of Henry's, the World's Strongest Man was not amused. After playing with the outmatched Marella, Henry quieted his never-at-a-loss-for-words opponent with an absolutely brutal World's Strongest Slam. The win gives Henry a coveted spot in the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania's Money in the Bank Ladder Match (match preview).

Kane def. Boogeyman (PHOTOS)
In a monster match nearly as scary as Kane's movie See No Evil - which makes its Sci Fi premiere this Saturday at 9/8 CT - the Big Red Machine returned to the Land of the Extreme to battle Boogeyman. As the frightening creature from the Bottomless Pit hurled himself off the top rope, tasting the very worms of victory in his mind's eye, Kane suddenly caught him by the throat and delivered a massive chokeslam for a simply frightening victory.

The convincing win came just one day after Kane captured a spot in the WrestleMania Money in the Bank Match. And if his display was any indication of what the WWE Universe will witness on The Grandest Stage of Them All, Kane's seven opponents could be in very big trouble.

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