"Spear"-ited reaction

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January 28, 2011

CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Although World Heavyweight Champion Edge Speared his way to a tag team victory over his No. 1 contender Dolph Ziggler, "acting" General Manager Vickie Guerrero made his signature maneuver illegal, just two days before their World Title showdown at the Royal Rumble (full coverage).

World Heavyweight Champion Edge & Randy Orton def. WWE Champion The Miz & Dolph Ziggler (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Following another outspoken Friday night address by The Miz, Rated RKO alumni Edge & Randy Orton reunited to battle The Awesome One & Dolph Ziggler in a Champions and Challengers Tag Team Match.

In the midst of absolute tag team mayhem, Edge defeated his bleach blond adversary with the Spear. However, as the dust cleared, an irate Vickie Guerrero used her authority to ban The Rated-R Superstar's favorite instrument of destruction until further notice, declaring that if Edge uses the Spear in his Royal Rumble title match (preview), he will be disqualified and lose the World Heavyweight Championship. Following her proclamation, The Ultimate Opportunist hit Ziggler with three defiant Spears both inside and outside the ring.

Big Show def. Heath Slater (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Two weeks after being attacked by The Corre, Big Show returned, preparing to win his first Royal Rumble Match (preview). When The Corre surrounded the ring, the gigantic Superstar challenged each of them to face him one-on-one. First, Heath Slater attacked The World's Largest Athlete from behind, initiating a match. After the giant defeated "The One Man Rock Band" with the chokeslam, he set his sights on Barrett, Jackson and Gabriel. The powerful new faction gained the advantage, only to face a barrage of Superstars, charging to the ring to send them packing.

Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston & Rey Mysterio def. Kane & Alberto Del Rio
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When Kane got knocked off the apron, he was unable to accept Alberto Del Rio's tag attempt. The aristocratic Superstar took offense and shoved his partner, provoking The Big Red Monster to blast him with a big boot to the face before walking out on the action. This set the stage for Rey Mysterio and Kofi Kingston to hit a victorious 619-Trouble in Paradise combination, giving them tremendous momentum heading into the biggest Royal Rumble Match in history (preview).

Alberto Del Rio put on a Royal Rumble Match Exhibition (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In preparation for this Sunday's Royal Rumble Match (preview), Alberto Del Rio arranged for 39 competitors from around the world to face him in a Royal Rumble Match Exhibition. But, his demonstration went terribly wrong when Kane made himself the surprise third entry. Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston then joined the fray, sending both Superstars over the top rope. When they reentered the ring to seek their revenge, Rey Mysterio came to Kofi's aid. Determined to keep order, Vickie Guerrero made a tag team match with Mysterio & Kingston against Kane & Del Rio.

Drew McIntyre def. JTG (WATCH | PHOTOS)
With Kelly Kelly watching at ringside, Drew McIntyre defeated JTG with the Future Shock DDT. After the match, Kelly Kelly journeyed into the ring, presumably satisfied with the civilized way the "Chosen One" conducted himself. However, McIntyre did not stick around to find out, choosing instead to head up the ramp without looking back.

Michelle McCool & Layla def. Kelly Kelly & Kaitlyn
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Two days before Team Lay-Cool will face Divas Champion Natalya in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match at the Royal Rumble (preview), they took on Kelly Kelly & Kaitlyn. Although their determined opponents attacked the flawless duo before the match, Layla's interference allowed Michelle to execute a devastating kick to Kaitlyn's face for the victory. 

Vickie Guerrero assumed control of SmackDown (WATCH | PHOTOS)
As the result of injuries suffered in a mysterious attack one week ago, SmackDown GM Theodore Long was unable to return to his duties this week. As a result, Vickie Guerrero announced that she is the "acting" General Manager. When Dolph Ziggler took issue with Randy Orton's disrespectful interruption of his girlfriend, The Viper treated him to an RKO.

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