Power and glory

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January 07, 2011

TUCSON, Ariz. -- In a whirlwind SmackDown, Alberto Del Rio "outclassed" Rey Mysterio, World Heavyweight Champion Edge stood tall against Kane, Kofi Kingston captured Intercontinental glory from Dolph Ziggler and a new No. 1 contender to The Rated-R Superstar's World Title was crowned in epic fashion.

Alberto Del Rio def. Rey Mysterio in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Before facing Rey Mysterio in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match, a smiling Alberto Del Rio made a bold statement, informing the WWE Universe that it is his destiny to win this year's Royal Rumble and go on to headline WrestleMania. (Watch)

After avoiding the 619, Del Rio scored the important first fall on Mysterio with the cross armbreaker. The Ultimate Underdog roared back, using his athletic prowess to pick up the quick pinfall on his aristocratic opponent. Then, in the crucial final moments of the match, Ricardo Rodriguez held Mysterio's feet as the masked Superstar was trying to get back in the ring. This prevented Mysterio from answering the 10-count and allowed his affluent adversary to triumph.

After the bell, Mysterio made Rodriguez pay dearly for his interference, dialing up a 619-splash combination on Del Rio's unfortunate ring announcer.

Michelle McCool def. Kelly Kelly (WATCH | PHOTOS)
As Kelly Kelly looked ready to hit the K2 legdrop on Michelle McCool, Layla jumped up on the apron. Her subtle distraction allowed her partner-in-flawless to counter and hit the Faithbreaker for the win. But, the fireworks didn't end with the bell. After the match, Drew McIntyre emerged to stop a post-match attack on Kelly Kelly by Team Lay-Cool.

Dolph Ziggler def. Big Show, Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes in a Fatal 4-Way No. 1 Contender's Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Shortly after Dolph Ziggler lost his Intercontinental Title to Kofi Kingston, SmackDown's Official Consultant Vickie Guerrero put the bleach-blond Superstar into contention for something even bigger. With General Manager Theodore Long absent, Guerrero used her temporary authority to add Ziggler to the scheduled Triple Threat Match -- set to decide the No. 1 contender to the World Heavyweight Championship -- making it a colossal Fatal 4-Way Match.

After Wade Barrett stunned the WWE Universe -- coming out of nowhere to attack Big Show and prevent a probable win by The World's Largest Athlete -- the already volatile match erupted into absolute mayhem. This culminated in Ziggler hitting the Zig Zag on Cody Rhodes for the pin, catapulting him to the No. 1 contender position to Edge's World Title.

Kofi Kingston def. Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler in an Intercontinental Championship Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In heroic fashion, Kofi Kingston reclaimed the Intercontinental Title, overcoming Dolph Ziggler with an explosive high cross body off the top rope. Moments later, Ziggler attacked the new champion, inspiring SmackDown's frantic Official Consultant Vickie Guerrero to call for her boyfriend's immediate championship rematch. This cleared the path for Kingston to defeat Ziggler a second time with Trouble in Paradise and retain his newly-acquired title.

World Heavyweight Champion Edge def. Kane in a Last Man Standing Match for the World Heavyweight Championship (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Edge reigned supreme over Kane in the culmination of a brutal Last Man Standing championship onslaught. Both Superstars utilized every weapon in their reach, battling throughout the arena and destroying the ringside area, as they tried viciously to do the same to each other. After delivering a Spear to The Big Red Monster, The Rated-R Superstar followed it up with an excruciating Con-Chair-To to the knee, preventing Kane from answering the 10-count.

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