Mark Henry makes a huge statement

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June 24, 2008

HOUSTON -- Just five days prior to Night of Champions and one day after being pulled away from the Land of the Extreme in the stunning 2008 WWE Draft, ECW Champion Kane squared off a in a non-title match against Mark Henry. To the surprise of all, the World's Strongest Man pinned the ECW Champion in the middle of the ring, bringing credibility to his recent claims that he belongs in championship competition with the likes of the Big Red Machine and the World's Largest Athlete Big Show. (Watch)

Following an explosive build-up filled with epic matches and spontaneous ringside collisions in recent weeks, Kofi Kingston and Shelton Benjamin fought it out in a brutal Extreme Rules Match. After facing early annihilation at the hands of ECW's Gold Standard, amid an array of metal stairs, trash cans, and chairs, Kofi bounced back to pick up the win, giving Benjamin a face full of garbage can and a fresh mark in the loss column. (Watch)

Newcomer Evan Bourne, hit the ring flying, fighting for retribution after last week's assault by Mike Knox. However, despite Bourne's impressive arsenal of high-risk moves, Knox prevailed, defeating Bourne with authority.

After being drafted to ECW on Sci Fi, United States Champion Matt Hardy joined forces with newly-drafted Monday Night Raw Superstar Mr. Money in the Bank CM Punk to compete against the WWE Tag Team Champions John Morrison & The Miz in a non-title match.

The teams were very evenly matched and in the end it seemed liked Morrison might be able to tag in Miz to secure the victory. However, Hornswoggle suddenly made an unexpected appearance, causing a big enough distraction for Hardy to hit the Twist of Fate and pick up the victory.

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