Fear of the Spear

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February 26, 2010

MILWAUKEE -- Three SmackDown Superstars cemented their place in the WrestleMainia Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Michelle McCool recaptured the Women's Championship and World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho received a spear-induced statement from his WrestleMania opponent Edge.

Edge hit the ground spearing on The Road to WrestleMania (PHOTOS | WATCH)
For the second time this week, 2010 Rumble Royal winner Edge interrupted the new World Heavyweight Champion Chris Jericho mid-celebration. He claimed that he saw fear in the eyes of the World Champion and admitted that Jericho was "best in the world … at getting speared." When Jericho failed with an attempted Codebreaker, The Ultimate Opportunist countered by spearing his WrestleMania opponent. (Match preview)

Edge def. Unified Tag Team and United States Champion The Miz (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The Miz came to SmackDown to mark his territory as one-half of the new Unified Tag Team Champions. But, the confident Superstar seemed at a loss for words when SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long announced that he would take on The Rated-R Superstar in SmackDown's main event. (PHOTOS | WATCH)

For the first time ever, Edge went one-on-one with the "Awesome One." In the climax of the hard-fought match, the nine-time World Champion hit the Impaler DDT, following it up with his second earth-shattering spear of the night for the pin.

Michelle McCool def. Women's Champion Mickie James (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Thanks to the help of Special Guest Referee Vickie Guerrero, Michelle McCool recaptured the Women's Championship from Mickie James. When Michelle  attempted a pin on the champion, Guerrero looked to be positioning herself for the three-count. But, as she leaned against the ropes, she suddenly fell out of the ring. Meanwhile, Mickie was able to roll her opponent up for a pin attempt of her own. However, when SmackDown's Official Consultant reentered the squared circle, she chose to slap the champion instead of counting to three. As an angry Mickie turned her attention to her would-be attacker, Michelle recovered and delivered a hard kick to reclaim her coveted title.

Dolph Ziggler def. John Morrison and R-Truth in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
WWE NXT rookie David "A-List" Otunga accompanied his WWE Pro, R-Truth, as the rapping Superstar attempted to qualify for the WrestleMania Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Instead, it was Dolph Ziggler who captured the opportunity in a whirlwind Triple Threat Match. Although triumph seemed imminent for Morrison after he executed Starship Pain on Truth, Ziggler had enough presence of mind to pull The Guru of Greatness out of the ring and quickly made the cover himself.

Kane def. Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match - Non-title (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Just five days after coming up short against Drew McIntyre at WWE Elimination Chamber, The Big Red Monster defeated the "Chosen One" to snatch his opportunity to compete in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania. After battling his way out of the Future Shock, Kane blasted McIntyre in the temple to hand his adversary his first lost in singles competition.

Shelton Benjamin def. CM Punk in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifying Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Rey Mysterio cost CM Punk his chance at this year's WrestleMania Money in the Bank Ladder Match. When a potentially interfering Luke Gallows jumped up on the ring apron, The Masked Superstar emerged to yank him back off. This distracted The Second City Saint long enough for The Gold Standard to hit PayDirt. The victory made Benjamin the third member of SmackDown to qualify for an opportunity at the Money in the Bank briefcase when WrestleMania hits Phoenix March 28. (Match preview

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