Extreme exodus

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August 28, 2009

PHOENIX -- With a startling new pay-per-view looming on the horizon, one legendary Superstar was forced to leave the squared circle while another was thrust into the realm of darkness.

World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk def. Jeff Hardy (Steel Cage Match for the World Heavyweight Championship) (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
Following his SummerSlam triumph, a gloating CM Punk returned to SmackDown as the "only Straightedge Champion in WWE History." When The Charismatic Enigma interrupted his celebration, promising to end Punk's reign in their steel cage rematch, Punk proposed the loser be thrown out of WWE. As the shocked WWE Universe stood witness, Hardy accepted the huge gamble. SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long arrived to set the stipulation in stone. He then dropped a bombshell, stating that at the brand new pay-per-view WWE Breaking Point, where every main event will be a submission match, the winner of the steel cage clash would face Undertaker for the World Heavyweight Championship. (VIDEO | PHOTOS)

Later that night, after years of incredible feats of reckless abandon, fate finally caught up with Jeff Hardy in a moment of tragic irony. After blocking the high-flying specialist's climb to victory, the World Heavyweight Champion superplexed him from high atop of the cage. Hardy battled back heroically, trying to prevent his adversary from getting over the cage with every fiber of his being. But a thumb to the eye by Punk sealed his fate, allowing The Straightedge Superstar to retain his title while simultaneously vanquishing the amazing Jeff Hardy from the WWE ring. After Hardy delivered a heartfelt goodbye to the WWE Universe (Video), the ruthless Punk added insult to injury, attacking the departing Superstar from behind with the World title. Take a look back at the amazing career of Jeff Hardy

As a result of the SmackDown main event, World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk will face the returning Undertaker at WWE Breaking Point. (Match preview)

Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio def. Kane (disqualification) (Non-title)  (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
The Big Red Monster drew a disqualification after ignoring the official's warnings about viciously smashing Mysterio into the ringpost. Moments later, The Great Khali emerged, attempting The Punjabi Plunge. Kane escaped over the top rope, only to meet a cane-wielding Ranjin Singh. The Punjabi Playboy followed suit, smashing the wooden weapon into his monstrous adversary all the way up the ramp. As the smoke cleared, Dolph Ziggler attacked the masked Superstar from out of nowhere.

Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show def. Cryme Tyme (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
Though originally a singles match between Shad and Jericho, interference by The World's Largest Athlete quickly changed the tide. After bedlam broke loose, Teddy Long changed the match into a SummerSlam tag team rematch. In its climax, when it looked as if Shad might be closing the door on the first-ever Undisputed Champion, Big Show tagged himself in, clobbering the unsuspecting opponent with the knockout punch to deliver the win for the champions.

John Morrison & Matt Hardy def. The Hart Dynasty  (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
Shortly after the Matt Hardy took Tyson Kidd out of the equation, "The Guru of Greatness" hit the Starship Pain, pinning David Hart Smith to the delight of the WWE Universe.

Melina def. Layla (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
Although Melina was supposed to get an opportunity at Women's Champion Michelle McCool's title, the crutch-carrying champion claimed that the "brutal" attack by her challenger one week earlier prevented her from competing. As a result, Michelle introduced Layla as her substitute. Despite suffering an injured left leg during the match, Melina overcame her prey with unbridled, primal force. After the bell, Melina once again attacked Michelle, making it clear that she wants her title back.

R-Truth vs. Drew McIntyre (No contest) (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
Scottish competitor Drew McIntyre arrived in Phoenix looking to make a name for himself. And he quickly made his mark at the expense of R-Truth, attacking the rapping Superstar while he was getting in the ring. After hitting Truth with a devastating double-arm DDT, McIntyre declared to the WWE Universe that the party is over.

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