Robbing the bank in the face of Judgment

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May 01, 2009

NEW YORK -- As SmackDown rolled into The World's Most Famous Arena, new WWE draftees joined Friday nights, a Straightedge Superstar had his destiny stolen from him, and four elite Superstars collided to determine who would face new World Heavyweight Champion Edge at Judgment Day.

CM Punk def. World Heavyweight Champion Edge (Non-title) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Chris Jericho emerged on SmackDown for the first time since being drafted to Friday nights, only to be interrupted by new World Heavyweight Champion Edge and eventually CM Punk. Jericho ended up walking out, citing disrespect from both his fellow Superstars and the capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden. When The Rated-R Superstar said that he could beat The Straightedge Superstar as a "warm-up match," Punk decided to accommodate him. He proclaimed that if he defeated Edge later that night, he would cash in his Money in the Bank championship opportunity and pin The Rated-R Superstar a second time for the gold. (WATCH | PHOTOS)

Later that night, after capturing victory with the GTS, Punk attempted to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase. But, before the bell could sound, Umaga came out of nowhere, laying waste to the would-be champion. Jeff Hardy then exploded upon the ring, hitting the Twist of Fate and Swanton Bomb on Edge.

Jeff Hardy def. Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho and Kane (No. 1 Contender Fatal Four Way Elimination Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In a whirlwind Fatal Four Way Elimination Match, Jeff Hardy leveled Kane with the Swanton Bomb, only to have Chris Jericho pull him away and pick up the pinfall on The Big Red Machine himself. Rey Mysterio immediately executed the 619 on the first Undisputed WWE Champion. But when he went to finish off his prey, Jericho hurled a nearby chair at the masked Superstar in mid-air, getting himself disqualified. Hardy and Mysterio then engaged in a fast-paced, intense tour-de-force of combat. Just as it looked like the Intercontinental Champion might overcome The Charismatic Enigma, Hardy suddenly reversed the pin, grabbing the huge victory. As a result, Jeff Hardy will once again take on The Ultimate Opportunist for the title at Judgment Day (Match preview).

United States Champion Montel Vontavious Porter def. Dolph Ziggler (United States Championship Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
With The View's excited co-host Sherri Shepherd in MVP's corner, The Ballin' Superstar defeated his No. 1 contender Dolph Ziggler with the Playmaker. On the heels of his exciting title defense, MVP will be a guest on The View this coming Tuesday.

John Morrison def. Shelton Benjamin (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In an explosive match of skill and toughness, John Morrison reigned supreme over The Gold Standard with the help of the stunning Moonlight Drive. Later, The Shaman of Sexy got into a fierce brawl with Chris Jericho outside the dressing room area. (WATCH

Eve wins Cryme Tyme's Brooklyn Break-Down Diva Dance Off (WATCH | PHOTOS)
JTG & Shad celebrated their move to SmackDown and their homecoming to New York City by hosting a Brooklyn Break-Down Diva Dance Off between Layla and Eve. When Eve got the loudest reaction from the crowd and with it the victory, Layla responded by attacking her dance opponent.

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