Chaos loading the Chamber
INDIANAPOLIS -- This week on SmackDown, four No Way Out WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match opponents battled it out, another snatched the final Chamber spot with pure force and a chilling proclamation, and the announcement rang out that former WWE Champion Jeff Hardy will make his return to SmackDown next week.
Undertaker & Triple H def. WWE Champion Edge & Big Show (Tag Team Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Before a tag team match featuring four of the six WWE Championship Elimination Chamber participants, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero told Big Show that if he walked out on Edge the way he did the last time they tagged together, he would be out of the championship match at No Way Out. After a grueling bout, a disagreement between the two reluctant partners prompted The World's Largest Athlete to deliver the Knockout Punch to the Rated-R Superstar. The Game then tagged in Undertaker, who hit Edge with the Tombstone Piledriver for the pin. Big Show wasted no time leaving the champion's corner the second the bell rang.
Vladimir Kozlov reigns supreme in the SmackDown Battle Royal to qualify for final spot in WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
The Moscow Mauler tossed out The Great Khali, WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo, and R-Truth consecutively to win the SmackDown Battle Royal in convincing fashion and claim the final spot in the WWE Championship Elimination Chamber Match at No Way Out. He then made the proclamation that he would become WWE Champion inside ten tons of steel. Kozlov also outlasted United States Champion Shelton Benjamin, MVP, Kung Fu Naki, Scotty Goldman, Kizarny, Jesse, Chavo Guerrero, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder.
Matt Hardy and Hurricane Helms brawl it out (WATCH | PHOTOS)
As the WWE Universe anxiously awaits the return of Jeff Hardy, Hurricane Helms made it clear to Todd Grisham that he was gunning for Matt Hardy after his actions against Jeff at the Royal Rumble. Matt then called his long-time friend out, inciting a knock down, drag out brawl between the two Superstars that ended with Helms in an unconscious state in the center of the ring.
Montel Vontavious Porter def. United States Champion Shelton Benjamin (Non-title) (PHOTOS)
MVP continued his winning streak with a devastating Drive-by Kick and a straight up ballin' triumph over United States Champion Shelton Benjamin. Could the non-title victory earn the reinvigorated Ballin' Superstar an opportunity at the Gold Standard's United States title?
Umaga def. Kung Fu Naki (PHOTOS)
The Samoan Bulldozer continued to run roughshod over SmackDown, decimating Kung Fu Naki with the Samoan Spike for his second annihilating victory since returning to WWE.
The Brian Kendrick & World Tag Team Champions The Miz & John Morrison def. R-Truth & WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo (Six-Man Tag Team Match) (PHOTOS)
Amidst a whirlwind of battle by all six Superstars, The Miz caused a distraction that allowed The Brian Kendrick to hit Carlito with The Kendrick for the win.
Michelle McCool def. Eve (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Eve showed a great deal of heart in her first match, before eventually tapping out to Michelle's excruciating heel hook. However, when the former Divas Champion wouldn't let go of the hold, Maria sprinted down to Eve's rescue. Nevertheless, Michelle left the ring with smiling satisfaction that she was able to give Eve a painful defeat and debut.