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A Fatal proclamation
RALEIGH, North Carolina -- Just two days before WWE Fatal 4-Way (full coverage), the combatants of the World Heavyweight Championship Fatal 4-Way Match delivered some payback to Kane, a direct response to his brutal attacks in recent weeks. But, before the night's end, The Big Red Monster would rekindle his rampage and issue a horrifying proclamation about Sunday's pay-per-view.
Rey Mysterio & Big Show def. World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger & CM Punk (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In a tag team main event between the Fatal 4-Way participants, the athleticism of Rey Mysterio proved to be the difference. As Swagger was attempting to hit the Gutwrench Powerbomb on The Ultimate Underdog, Mysterio suddenly countered, crashing down upon "The All-American American" for the quick pin.
Although the victory gave Mysterio and Big Show momentum heading into Fatal 4-Way, the action did not end with the bell. Moments later, Kane reemerged, still determined to weed out the identity of The Undertaker's unknown attackers. After he chokeslammed Swagger and Punk to the canvas, Kane knocked Big Show from the ring apron and blasted Mysterio with a tombstone. Finally, Kane proclaimed that this Sunday, "it will be a fatal night for the guilty party." (Match preview)
Dolph Ziggler def. Chris Masters (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In a "WWE Superstars" rematch (full results), Dolph Ziggler locked horns with Chris Masters -- ultimately pitting the Master Lock against the sleeper hold. Though Masters broke out of Ziggler's infamous sleeper to cinch-in his own dangerous maneuver, his bleach blond opponent had enough presence of mind to reach the ropes. Moments later, Ziggler executed the Zig Zag for the win, reminding Masters that he had more than one dangerous weapon in his arsenal.
Kelly Kelly def. Women's Champion Layla in a Non-Title Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Soon after Tiffany neutralized the self-professed "co-Women's Champion" Michelle McCool outside the ring, Kelly Kelly reversed Layla's neckbreaker, and executed the devastating K-2 Legdrop to score a huge non-title triumph over the first English-born Women's Champion.
Drew McIntyre def. Theodore Long; Teddy saved his job (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Given the ultimatum of facing Drew McIntyre or being fired -- per Mr. McMahon's directive -- SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long was forced by the Scottish Superstar to get down on his knees, proclaim McIntyre the "Chosen One," crawl to the middle of the squared circle and lay on his back to take the three-count.
As McIntyre prepared to attack Teddy after the match, Kofi Kingston charged to his rescue. But, with a special security team holding back the Intercontinental Champion, McIntyre was free to carry out a vicious assault on the defenseless Superstar. Matt Hardy then emerged from the crowd, only to suffer the same brutal fate. In a fatal act of aggression, McIntyre delivered the double-under-hook DDT to both Kofi and Hardy.
Will the ruthless McIntyre reclaim his destiny by winning back the Intercontinental Title from Kofi Kingston at Fatal 4-Way? (Match preview)
JTG def. Chavo Guerrero (PHOTOS | WATCH)
A highly-charged JTG used the neckbreaker to capture an impressive victory on third-generation Superstar Chavo Guerrero. After the match, JTG invited three young members of the WWE Universe to "kick-it" with him inside the ring.
Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer def. Christian & MVP (PHOTOS | WATCH)
With the ink still fresh on their new, full-time SmackDown contracts, Curt Hawkins and Vance Archer faced Christian and MVP -- the two Superstars they recently attacked to help make a name for themselves. After Hawkins overcame Captain Charisma with a devastating elbow drop off the top rope to capture the important victory, he and Archer carried-out a post-match attack on an injured Franchise Playa.
World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger, The S.E.S., Big Show and Rey Mysterio attacked Kane (PHOTOS | WATCH)
After Luke Gallows emerged from the darkness dressed as The Undertaker to help CM Punk play a joke on the WWE Universe, an enraged Kane arrived to seek retribution. Before he could reach the ring, however, he was ambushed by The Straight Edge Society and World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger. Big Show and Rey Mysterio soon chased The Big Red Monster's assailants out of the ring, only to hit Kane with an earth-shattering 619-chokeslam combination.