SmackDown results: The grandest Friday of them all

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April 05, 2011

CHICAGO –  With the biggest night in WWE looming large, SmackDown played host to a final battle before an all-out war on Sunday. (Full WrestleMania coverage)

Cody Rhodes def. Chris Masters (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Despite his might, Chris Masters could not stop a hard-charging, WrestleMania-bound Cody Rhodes who beat Masters with the Cross Rhodes. After the match, Rey Mysterio rushed in and was poised to strike with a 619. However, Rhodes managed to escape Mysterio’s wrath. Will Rhodes be able to do the same come Sunday? (WrestleMania preview)

WWE Hall of Famer Jerry "The King" Lawler vowed to shut Michael Cole's mouth (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Emotions have definitely surpassed the boiling point between WrestleMania opponents Jerry “The King” Lawler and Michael Cole. Full of confidence and shooting straight from the hip about Cole, Lawler declared: “I promise, I’m going to shut your mouth.” Will special referee “Stone Cold” Steve Austin be able to maintain order in this heated battle? (WrestleMania preview)

Kofi Kingston def. Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett by Disqualification in a Non-Title Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
As The Corre gets ready to compete at WrestleMania, the group offered one more ugly look at its preferred fighting style – gang warfare. As Kofi Kingston fought valiantly against Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett, the group rushed the ring and assaulted Kingston. With the match over due to disqualification, the group unloaded on Kingston. But coming to his aid were The Corre’s WrestleMania opponents: Big Show, Kane, Vladimir Kozlov and Santino Marella. Who will prevail when they clash in an epic Eight-Man Tag Team Match at WrestleMania? (WrestleMania preview)

The Bella Twins and Todd Grisham reported from WrestleMania Axxess
Live from Atlanta, The Bella Twins and Todd Grisham offered a look at the fun and excitement of WrestleMania Axxess.

Watch: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8

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