Decisive Elimination

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January 30, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS -- The struggle for the WWE Championship hits Friday night at full force. As new WWE Champion Edge returned to SmackDown, three Elimination Chamber Qualifying Matches were held to determine who will join the Rated-R Superstar at No Way Out on the Road to WrestleMania XXV. But, despite the exciting quest for the gold, the dominating thought of the WWE Universe seemed to be simply, "Why Matt? Why?"

Matt Hardy washes his hands of Jeff Hardy and the WWE Universe (WATCH | PHOTOS)
A very embittered Matt Hardy appeared before the WWE Universe - chair in hand - to offer no remorse about smashing his brother Jeff in the head at the Royal Rumble and costing him the WWE Championship in the process. Although he stated it could not be proven that he caused any of Jeff's other misfortunes over the past several months, he made it clear that attacking Jeff was no accident. Matt proceeded to blame Jeff's irresponsible nature and the WWE Universe's inability to like him as much as his brother. He then informed the WWE Universe that he no longer considers Jeff Hardy a partner or a sibling.

Triple H def. The Great Khali & Vladimir Kozlov (Triple Threat Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
With the odds once again stacked against The Game in a Triple Threat Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match, the 12-time World Champion reigned supreme over both Vladimir Kozlov & The Great Khali. After pulling the top rope down to send the Moscow Mauler flying from the ring, The King of Kings hit The Great Khali with the Pedigree and snatched his qualifying triumph.

WWE Champion Edge's celebration is interrupted (PHOTOS); Big Show def. Festus (WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Moments after Edge rubbed the WWE Universe's nose in the fact that he wasn't the one who had caused all the recent misfortunes to Jeff Hardy over the past several months and about returning to SmackDown the seven-time WWE Champion, Big Show decided to interrupt. The World's Largest Athlete delivered a loving bear hug to Edge's wife as well as more than a passing glance at the Rated-R Superstar's newly acquired gold.

This preceded Big Show's impressive victory over Festus, defeating the Corn-fed Colossus with the knockout punch while putting himself in the Elimination Chamber at No Way Out. After the match, Big Show's wrath expanded to Jesse, who suffered a chokeslam for no other reason than being there.

Undertaker def. Mark Henry (WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Qualifying Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
At the height of a grueling match with the World's Strongest Man, The Phenom triumphed over Mark Henry with the dreaded Hell's Gate, granting himself clear passage into the Elimination Chamber at No Way Out.

Umaga def. Jimmy Wang Yang (PHOTOS)
Umaga made his highly anticipated return to the squared-circle with a renewed intensity, finishing off his slaughter of Jimmy Wang Yang with the Samoan Spike. The Samoan Bulldozer has officially served notice that he plans to pick up where he left off.

MVP def. Chavo Guerrero (PHOTOS)
After breaking his 20-week losing streak against Big Show in a Last Man Standing Match two weeks ago, MVP extended his victorious run to two in a row, defeating Chavo Guerrero with the full impact of the Drive-by Kick. Afterward, the reinvigorated Ballin' Superstar informed Tazz that things are poppin' once more, and he is setting his sights on getting "his" United States Championship back.

R-Truth def. The Brian Kendrick (PHOTOS)
With Ezekiel Jackson shockingly being ejected from ringside before the opening bell, R-Truth showed The Kendrick "what's up," hitting him with the Ax Kick for the big win.

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