Hardys ride again!

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August 21, 2009

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With SummerSlam looming, SmackDown's Superstars had a final chance to make statements and build momentum for the Main Event of the Summer. Making the biggest statement of the night was Matt Hardy, who not only used words, but his actions, to let the WWE Universe know that he and is brother Jeff are back and ready for action together!

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World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy & John Morrison def. CM Punk & The Hart Dynasty (PHOTOS | VIDEO)
The night's main event featured the reunited Hardy brothers, who proved they are once again a force to be reckoned with in WWE. A fired-up Matt Hardy took care of business by dropping No. 1 contender CM Punk with a Twist of Fate to get the pinfall for his team. Does the win give World Heavyweight Champion Jeff Hardy the momentum he needs to successfully defend his title against Punk this Sunday? (Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match preview)

"The Hardys Ride Again" (VIDEO)
In an exclusive interview with Josh Mathews, Matt Hardy admitted he made a mistake in how he treated his brother Jeff this year. Now, Matt says, "the Hardys ride again."

Prelude to TLC? (PHOTOS)
In an in-ring encounter earlier in the night, CM Punk once again lectured Jeff Hardy and the WWE Universe about the straightedge lifestyle. But, Punk paid the price when he tried to knock the champion from atop a ladder in the middle of the ring. The egregious actions prompted the high-flyer to crush the No. 1 contender with a Twist of Fate. (VIDEO)

Dolph Ziggler & Unified Tag Team Champions Big Show & Chris Jericho def. Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio & Cryme Tyme (PHOTOS | VIDEO)
The main event wasn't the night's only Six-Man Tag Team Match. The opening bout also featured a massive six-man encounter. The match appeared to be over when Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio stunned Unified Tag Team Champion Chris Jericho with a 619. But before the Mysterio could capitalize, Unified Tag Team Champion Big Show dropped the masked Superstar with a massive right to the head. Jericho still had the wherewithal to tag in Ziggler, who wasted no time covering his SummerSlam opponent for the pinfall. (Intercontinental Championship preview) | Video: "Word Up"! with Cryme Tyme

The Great Khali attacks Kane (PHOTOS | VIDEO)
Recalling what he did to The Great Khali's brother, Ranjin Singh, on last week's SmackDown, Kane claimed to be the real monster who should be feared. Hearing enough talk, The Punjabi Giant decided not to wait until their SummerSlam match (preview), and rushed to the ring and attacked The Big Red Monster.

Finlay def. Mike Knox (Disqualification) (PHOTOS | VIDEO)
In a blue-collar battle of brute force, Mike Knox failed to heed the referee's warning to stop reigning down blows on a vulnerable Finlay. The disregard earned Knox the disqualification. But the brutality wasn't over, as an angry Knox destroyed The Fighting Irishman outside of the ring by smashing him in the skull with a section of the steel ring steps. Ouch!

Melina & Maria def. Layla & Natalya (PHOTOS | VIDEO)
It was the sexy, smart and powerful former Women's Champion Melina who earned a convincing win over Natalya. However, reigning Women's Champion Michelle McCool -- who joined J.R. and Todd Grisham on commentary -- was not impressed with the win.

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