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Hardy New Year!
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The new year started off with a bang as the champion Hardy brothers celebrated a win, while other Superstars have to await Royal Rumble for their opportunity at glory.
Jeff & Matt Hardy def. Edge & Big Show (PHOTOS)
WWE Champion Jeff Hardy and ECW Champion Matt Hardy looked confident coming into their match against two of WWE's most formidable opponents -- former WWE Champion Edge and the 400-pound plus Big Show. The odds quickly shifted in the bout when The World's Largest Athlete strangely walked away from the ring and out of the arena. His exit left Edge having to take on the two champions by himself. It was an onslaught even the Ultimate Opportunist could not survive. First, Matt dropped Edge to the canvas with a Twist of Fate. Then, the crimson-faced WWE Champion delivered the final blow with a Swanton Bomb.
WWE Champion Jeff Hardy vs. Edge announced
Despite his loss, the Rated-R Superstar will have another opportunity at Jeff Hardy when the two square off in the main event at Royal Rumble for the WWE Championship. The match was announced by Edge's wife, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero to kick off SmackDown. (Match preview)
Vickie bares all
Shortly after Guerrero announced the main event, she was coerced by Triple H into revealing that he would be one of the entrants in the 30-Man Royal Rumble Match. (PHOTOS) But the bigger news -- according to Triple H -- is that there are nude photos of the GM on eBay!
Royal Rumble Participants announced (PHOTOS)
Jim Ross announced some of the other Superstars who will join Triple H in the 30-Man Royal Rumble. (2009 Royal Rumble Participants) When Ross neglected to mention Undertaker in his preliminary list of participants, The Deadman emerged in the ring to take out his anger on Shelton Benjamin with a brutal chokeslam.
The Great Khali & Finlay def. Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder (PHOTOS)
The Punjabi Giant and Fighting Irishman were too much of a force for the boys from Long Island, N.Y. Khali made Ryder one with the canvas with a vicious chokeslam. After the match, Finlay followed up with a Celtic Cross to Hawkins. Then, Hornswoggle got into the action with a Tadpole Splash to Hawkins to end the abuse.
The Brian Kendrick & Ezekiel Jackson def. Jesse & Festus (PHOTOS)
Keying in on Festus' injured knee, the team of Kendrick & Jackson went to work on dismantling the Corn-fed Colossus with a series of attacks. When Jesse finally got his chance in the bout, he unloaded with a fast-paced offense. But, Jackson's power was too much for Jesse to handle. Next week on SmackDown, Kendrick & Jackson take on WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo in a WWE Tag Team Championship Match.
Vladimir Kozlov def. Hurricane Helms (PHOTOS)
Since making his SmackDown debut on April 4, the Moscow Mauler has lead a path of destruction through WWE. This night was no different as he used his head as a battering ram to stop Helms cold and pick up another victory. Can Kozlov go unpinned in 2009?
Kizarny def. MVP (WATCH | PHOTOS)
MVP was visibly down in the dumps as he made a lackluster entrance into the arena. Kizarny capitalized on the downtrodden Ballin' Superstar to pick up a win on his SmackDown debut with a Double-arm DDT. After the bizarre Superstar picked up his first win, Mr. Kennedy came out to rub it in MVP's face … and of course plug his new movie, which comes out on Jan. 6 -- Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia. (Official site)
Painful apology (PHOTOS)
Last week, former Divas Champion Michelle McCool brutalized Maria in a stunning attack. This week, it was Eve who suffered McCool's wrath. After the blond bombshell feigned a heartfelt apology, she viciously turned on Eve and attacked her from behind while she waved at fans at ringside.