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Big heart in Little Rock
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- In a stunning turn of events, Kane walked out of the Money in the Bank pay-per-view with the World Heavyweight Championship (full coverage). And as his Big Red curtain descended over SmackDown, an injured Rey Mysterio heroically outfought Jack Swagger, capturing the right to face the monstrous champion at SummerSlam.
Rey Mysterio def. Jack Swagger in a No. 1 Contender's Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Despite the overwhelming pain of his ankle injury, Rey Mysterio took on the ruthless Jack Swagger in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to determine who would face new World Heavyweight Champion Kane at SummerSlam.
When Swagger refused to release his ankle lock on The Master of the 619 in the first part of their epic showdown, the official disqualified him, awarding the first fall to the masked Superstar. But, the damage had clearly been done.
Shortly after the second part of the match began, Mysterio attempted the 619. However, "The All-American American" caught his opponent at the last second and made him tap-out to his second ankle lock of the night.
After Swagger punished Rey in the third part of the match, he attempted to end things with the Gutwrench Powerbomb. Powered by his unrelenting heart, The Ultimate Underdog escaped the maneuver, using his adversary's weight against him to score the third and final pinfall and win an opportunity to face Kane at SummerSlam. (Match preview)
When Swagger tried to punish Mysterio with an excruciating post-match ankle lock, Kane emerged to chokeslam the ruthless aggressor out of action. He then raised Mysterio's hand and appeared to make his exit. However, when he suddenly returned to send a volatile message to his new No. 1 contender, Rey Mysterio turned the tables on him, hitting the 619 on the frightening World Champion.
Big Show def. Joey Mercury (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The Straight Edge Society wanted revenge on Big Show for ripping CM Punk's mask off one week ago. Although the gigantic Superstar was scheduled to face Luke Gallows, CM Punk changed things up at the last minute, ordering that his S.E.S. "Mystery Man" face Big Show instead. After punishing Punk's unidentified disciple, Big Show unmasked him, revealing former Tag Team Champion, Joey Mercury! The World's Largest Athlete then finished off his outmatched adversary with the knockout punch.
Dolph Ziggler def. Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston in a Non-Title Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
After Kofi Kingston was sent flying out of the ring during his match with Dolph Ziggler, SmackDown Special Consultant Vickie Guerrero ordered his NXT Rookie, Michael McGillicutty, to leave ringside for checking to see if his WWE Pro was all right. Guerrero's eventual interference allowed Ziggler to gain the advantage over the Intercontinental Champion, leading to a victorious sleeper hold by the bleach blond Superstar.
Drew McIntyre & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes def. Matt Hardy & Christian (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Battered and bruised, four of SmackDown's Money in the Bank Ladder Match combatants regrouped to lock horns in tag team action. But, when things spun out of control, Matt Hardy accidently connected with his partner, Christian. As Captain Charisma fell out of the ring, the confusion allowed Drew McIntyre to hit a devastating boot to the face on Hardy for the win.
World Heavyweight Champion Kane justified Cashing in the Money in the Bank on Rey Mysterio (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Last Sunday, at the innovative new pay-per-view Money in the Bank (full coverage), Kane turned WWE upside-down -- winning the SmackDown Money in the Bank briefcase and then cashing in his contract on the same night to defeat a war-torn World Champion Rey Mysterio.
Upon returning to Friday night, the new champion informed the WWE Universe that everything he did, he did for his fallen brother, The Undertaker. Vowing that no one would ever take the "holy grail" from around his waist, Kane reaffirmed his merciless search for The Phenom's Memorial Day attacker.