Getting burned in the Miami heat

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July 17, 2009

MIAMI -- Just nine explosive days before every title will be put on the line at Night of Champions, furious action and uncontainable disdain ran rampant through Friday night, as one Superstar suffered his own personal Miami vice of pain, in the form of the dreaded Walls of Jericho.

Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho & Dolph Ziggler def.  Jeff Hardy & Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio (Disqualification) (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
The animosity between the polar opposite Night of Champion opponents, World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk and Jeff Hardy, reached a new level of intensity. Hardy insisted he will become the next World Heavyweight Champion while Punk says that his pay-per-view opponent is a consummate screw-up who will never beat him (Match preview). After listening to one insult too many, Hardy abruptly ended the confrontation, knocking the World Champion to the canvas. (VIDEO | PHOTOS)

Later, in the culmination of a spectacular tag team main event, Jeff Hardy threw Jericho in The Straightedge Champion's direction as he was sitting at the broadcast table. Punk then tossed Jericho into Hardy, knocking his Night of Champions challenger into the unforgiving steel steps disqualifying he and Rey Mysterio in the process. After the match, the smiling United Tag Team Champion hooked in the Walls of Jericho to the war-torn Charismatic No. 1 Contender while Punk looked on indifferently from outside the ring.  

John Morrison def. World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk (Non-title) (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
For the second time in three weeks, The Friday Night Delight used a quick counter to score a second non-title victory over World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk. After the bell, the World Champion he refused to shake hands because the last time they shook hands, Punk hit the GTS cheap shot on Morrison. Punk knows that by Morrison offering the hand, it comes with consequences.

Kane def. R-Truth (PHOTOS)
Kane showed R-Truth "what's up" in their first match ever, beating him with a devastating boot to the face as the energetic Superstar was coming off the top rope. But his triumph was cut short by the emergence of an irate Great Khali. As The Punjabi Playboy stomped down to the ring, R-Truth nailed The Big Red Machine with an explosive dropkick off the top rope, nearly allowing Khali to get his mighty hands on his retreating prey.

Edge vows to come back from his injury (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
With uncharacteristic apprehension, The Rated-R Superstar said that he would do everything he could to come back from the torn Achilles tendon injury that has shelved him indefinitely, and that it could very well spell the end of his career. When his former partner, Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho emerged to shoot disdain and doubt upon him, Edge pledged that "when" he does come back to the ring, he will prove Chris Jericho and all other naysayers wrong.

The Hart Dynasty def. Cryme Tyme & Eve (PHOTOS)
One day after Eve stopped Natalya from interfering in the Cryme Tyme vs. Hart Dynasty Match on "WWE Superstars" (Results), the Dungeon Diva executed an "Anvil-like" clothesline to pin her amidst mixed tag team action chaos.

WATCH "Word Up"! with Cryme Tyme

Layla's Dance Interrupted (PHOTOS)
Former Miami Heat dancer Layla had her homecoming dance suddenly interrupted by Ricky Ortiz, who once again attempted to bring his special brand of "Rally Up!" motivation to the WWE Universe. He presented Layla with a free "Rally Up!" towel, which the insulted English Diva used to mock Ortiz before dropping it to the floor. 

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