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January 14, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- For the second week in a row, Wade Barrett invaded SmackDown … and this time he didn't come alone. After Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel came to Barrett's aid in a match with Big Show, Ezekiel Jackson stunned the entire WWE Universe by bodyslamming The World's Largest Athlete. The shocking night is sure to reshape the entire SmackDown landscape for weeks to come.

Chaos erupted on "The Cutting Edge" between World Heavyweight Champion Edge, Dolph Ziggler and Vickie Guerrero (WATCH | PHOTOS)
No. 1 contender Dolph Ziggler had bold words for World Heavyweight Champion Edge, including questioning his appreciation for ex-wife Vickie Guerrero and saying he'd "pull the plug" on Edge's career at Royal Rumble. The Rated-R Superstar pulled no punches and retaliated by hurling a slew of insults at the Official SmackDown Consultant. When tensions rose to a boil, Ziggler viciously attacked the champion. After battling back, it appeared as if The Ultimate Opportunist was going to Spear his old flame … until Ziggler came to her aid. In the end, the champion was left sprawled on the arena floor after Ziggler bashed him onto the steel ring steps.

Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston def. Jack Swagger (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In his first match since becoming Intercontinental Champion, Kofi Kingston tangled with Jack Swagger. Despite The All-American American's tough talk at the start of the match, The Dreadlocked Dynamo took care of business and picked up a victory over Swagger with an SOS.

Beth Phoenix def. Michelle McCool (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Typically, when The Glamazon is poised for a Glam Slam, your fate is sealed. But on this night, Michelle McCool found a way to counter and escape Beth Phoenix's devastating maneuver. However, Phoenix quickly countered Michelle's move and wrapped her up for the pinfall.

Big Show def. Wade Barrett by Disqualification (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Hoping for retribution after being attacked by Wade Barrett last week (WATCH), Big Show tangled with Barrett one-on-one. Just like he did while part of The Nexus, Barrett showed that he does not operate alone. When The World's Largest Athlete was prepared to deliver a game-over chokeslam, Heath Slater and Justin Gabriel rushed to Barrett's aid. After punching a steel chair out of Gabriel's hand, it looked like Show could overcome the odds. But before he could gain control, Show was overcome by his attackers. Then in a stunning move, Ezekiel Jackson stormed the ring and bodyslammed The World's Largest Athlete. Adding insult to injury, Gabriel delivered a 450 Splash to the fallen giant. What's next from Barrett and the Superstars he has drawn to his side?

Trent Barreta def. Drew McIntyre (WATCH | PHOTOS)
The vicious Drew McIntyre is about as dangerous as any Superstar in the entire WWE. His skills were in full effect against Trent Barreta. But just when it looked like Barreta's fate was sealed when McIntyre hoisted him atop his shoulders, Barreta countered and got the pinfall and huge upset victory over the "Chosen One."

Rey Mysterio & R-Truth def. Alberto Del Rio & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Before they got down to business in their tag team encounter, all four Superstars looked toward the opportunity to square off in the Royal Rumble Match (WATCH). Once their match got underway, it was past Rumble winner Rey Mysterio who gained the victory for his team when he stunned "Dashing " Cody Rhodes with a 619 followed by a splash from the top rope. The victory certainly sent a strong message that Rey is ready to rumble. (Royal Rumble coverage)

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