UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- The tension throughout WWE continued to intensify at Mohegan Sun Arena as the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania looms on the horizon. (Special coverage of the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania) On SmackDown, seven different Superstars interrupted the action throughout the night, employing treacherous ambushes, calls for justice, attacks of revenge and outright meanness.
WWE Champion Triple H def. Umaga (Non-title) (Disqualification) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Although Randy Orton set the stipulation on Monday Night Raw that Triple H could not touch him without being provoked until their epic encounter at WrestleMania, that didn't stop "Legacy" from coming after The Game this Friday. After The King of Kings had hurled Umaga over the top rope and onto the floor, Orton, Ted DiBiase and Cody Rhodes emerged from the crowd, stalking the ring like a pack of wolves. Once they moved in, the 13-time World Champion launched a fierce counter-offensive, trying to hold off Legacy both in and outside the ring. But his dangerous adversaries were unrelenting, finishing their target off with four vicious kicks to the head by Orton, leaving Triple H completely annihilated.
25th Anniversary of WrestleMania World Heavyweight Championship Match Contract Signing (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Before SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero could get the contract signing underway, World Heavyweight Champion Edge demanded to know the true definition of her relationship with Big Show. But, after a heated exchange of words between The Rated-R Superstar and The World's Largest Athlete, it looked like their match would become official. That was until John Cena interrupted the gathering, laying waste to both Superstars. The former World Champion then whispered something into Guerrero's ear that was not audible to the WWE Universe, but clearly shook the General Manager to her core. Later, a very upset Guerrero informed her husband that she was moving the contract signing to Monday Night Raw, leaving the WWE Universe with more questions than answers.
Montel Vontavious Porter def. Matt Hardy (Money in the Bank Qualifying Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Prior to his match, Matt Hardy proclaimed that even though his brother, Jeff, didn't wish to face him, he would not be able to run from him. He vowed to qualify for the WrestleMania Money in the Bank Ladder Match, destroy the seven other Superstars and finally become a World Champion. But, much to his chagrin, his opponent MVP was instead able to further his new-found winning streak, countering Hardy's Twist of Fate to score a victory over his long-time foe, solidifying his place at the WrestleMania table. However, Matt Hardy's night would not end there.
United States Champion Shelton Benjamin def. Jeff Hardy (Disqualification) (Money in the Bank Qualifying Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After missing his chance at Money in the Bank, Matt Hardy decided to bring the same fate upon his brother. Once Jeff Hardy had executed the Twist of Fate on The Gold Standard, Matt calmly walked to the ring without a word and delivered a single punch to the reeling United States Champion, causing Jeff's disqualification. For the second time, Matt Hardy intentionally squashed his brother's dreams.
Undertaker accepts the challenge of Shawn Michaels (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After Shawn Michaels overcame Vladimir Kozlov this past Monday night to win the right to face Undertaker at the 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania, the legendary Deadman emerged to accept HBK's challenge. And when a video compilation of Michaels' WrestleMania history interrupted The Phenom, the Superstar with a 16 -- 0 WrestleMania streak made the chilling warning that he was the wrong Superstar to play mind games with.
Divas Champion Maryse def. Eve (Non-title) (PHOTOS)
Following Maryse's victory over Eve with the DDT, Women's Champion Melina - who Maryse had attacked from behind on Monday Night Raw - charged to the ring and unleashed her fury on the Divas Champion. And though Michelle McCool appeared to be staying out of the action, joining Tazz and Jim Ross at the announce table, her neutrality was short-lived. While Melina was busy with Maryse, the former Divas Champion slid her way into the ring, delivering a massive kick to Melina from behind. In the end, Michelle left both war-torn champions down for the count.