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September 17, 2010

DETROIT -- Just two days before World Heavyweight Champion Kane will battle The Undertaker at Night of Champions, The Big Red Monster agreed to make their epic showdown a No Holds Barred Match. Moments later, the frightening Superstar demonstrated the full force of his "power" on The Demon of Death Valley.

World Heavyweight Champion Kane answered The Undertaker's challenge with horrific authority (PHOTOS | WATCH)
One week after The Undertaker proposed that his match with Kane at Night of Champions be a No Holds Barred Match, the self-proclaimed "Devil's Favorite Demon" accepted (Match preview). However, as The Phenom emerged to stand toe-to-toe with his demonic adversary, the lights went dark. When they came back up, Kane was standing behind The Deadman. Catching his prey off-guard, The Big Red Monster launched a vicious assault on his older brother, culminating in a chokeslam-tombstone combination!

CM Punk def. Christian (PHOTOS | WATCH)
With Alberto Del Rio sitting in at the announce table, Captain Charisma took on CM Punk. At a pivotal moment, Del Rio grabbed both the microphone and Christian's attention, opening the door for The Second City Saint to execute the GTS for the pin.

Afterward, Del Rio put his chair on top of Christian, reiterating that he would not face him at Night of Champions. When Big Show stormed to the ring, Del Rio looked ready to hit The World's Largest Athlete with the chair. Although this gave Punk time to attack his Night of Champions opponent, Big Show quickly turned the tables, blasting Punk with a knockout punch. (Match preview)

Self-professed "co-Women's Champions" Layla & Michelle McCool def. Kelly Kelly and Rosa Mendes (PHOTOS | WATCH)
After Michelle threw Rosa off her game with a kick to the back, Layla hit the neckbreaker, paving the way for a "flawless" triumph just two days before Night of Champions.

Later, in order to determine which member of Team Lay-Cool would face Divas Champion Melina in a Lumberjill Unification Match at this Sunday's pay-per-view, Michelle proposed to Layla that Kaval pick a name out of a hat (Watch). After Michelle won the right to face Melina, Kaval discovered that Michelle's name was on every piece of paper in the hat. This infuriated the English-born Diva, who said that Michelle would "stand alone" this Sunday. (Match preview)

Hornswoggle goes back to school (WATCH)
SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long's attempt to get Hornswoggle to talk backfired once again.

Kofi Kingston def. Jack Swagger (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Before taking on Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston assured the WWE Universe that, not only will he recapture the Intercontinental Championship at Night of Champions, but that he will also rid WWE of the "repulsive" Vickie Guerrero-Dolph Ziggler couple.

After surviving several attempts by Swagger to make his adversary tap out to his dreaded ankle lock, Kingston reigned supreme over "The All-American American" with Trouble in Paradise. Can he use his momentum to win back the Intercontinental Title this Sunday? (Match preview)

Drew McIntyre & "Dashing" Cody Rhodes def. WWE Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty in a Non-Title Match (PHOTOS | WATCH)
As the reigning WWE Tag Team Champions, David Hart Smith & Tyson Kidd are free to compete on both Raw and SmackDown. This Friday night, they journeyed to the latter, with Natalya in tow, to take on the combination of Drew McIntyre & Cody Rhodes.

Moments after McIntyre foiled The Heart Attack -- hurling Tyson Kidd into the announce table -- his "Dashing" partner hit Smith with the Cross Rhodes. This gave the dangerous duo a huge, non-title victory over the Tag Team Champs!

Since The Hart Dynasty must defend their titles at Night of Champions, could McIntyre and Rhodes' win make them the No. 1 contenders this Sunday?

Christian presented the "Peep Show" with special guest Alberto Del Rio (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Tensions continued to build between Christian and Alberto Del Rio on the "Peep Show." After Captain Charisma questioned whether Del Rio was as great as he presented himself or simply a "cheap fajita," he challenged the aristocratic Superstar to a match at Night of Champions. When Del Rio once again blew him off with a smile, Christian responded with a humiliating slap across the face. As Del Rio made his exit, he gave Christian a definitive answer ... "no!"

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