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Paul Bearer's return!
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- In an historic night, Paul Bearer stunned the entire WWE Universe -- as well as World Heavyweight Champion Kane -- by emerging from a casket, hoisting his mystical urn high and reenergizing the weakened Undertaker!
Paul Bearer returned to WWE (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After Kane demanded The Undertaker face him at Hell in a Cell, a group of druids hauled a casket to ringside. But when the champion raised the lid expecting to find The Deadman, he was stunned to see Paul Bearer!
As The Big Red Monster recoiled in fear, the "Father of Destruction" sat up displaying his infamous urn. Then, after a few seconds of tense darkness in the arena, the champion found himself standing in the ring between Paul Bearer and The Undertaker.
No longer the listless Superstar we saw at the close of their Night of Champions match, The Phenom was full of fury. As The Undertaker launched a vicious assault on his brother, Paul Bearer looked on, clutching his urn. Terrified and confused as to what was unfolding, Kane ran up the entrance ramp. Finally, as Paul Bearer raised his urn high, it was clear that The Undertaker had transformed back into The Phenom who struck fear into countless souls.
MVP def. Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler by Count-out (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Things got ugly outside the ring when a jealous Official SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero shoved her NXT Rookie Diva Kaitlyn -- who was trying to assist a shaken Ziggler rise from the arena floor. Next, Kaitlyn shoved back -- but much harder -- throwing Guerrero to the floor. Uneasy with what transpired, Kaitlyn made her way up the entrance ramp. Then, despite Ziggler's consoling, Guerrero also walked out. The match continued, but the chain of events clearly weighed on Dolph's mind. Despite continuing to battle MVP, a disgruntled Ziggler eventually grabbed his title and simply walked away from the match, handing The Ballin' Superstar a victory by count-out.
CM Punk def. Luke Gallows (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Before their match, Luke Gallows roughed up his former mentor CM Punk in the locker room area. (WATCH) With The Straight Edge Society no more, Gallows was looking to prove his mettle on his own. However, The Second City Saint stopped his former disciple cold by stunning him with the GTS.
Big Show def. Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer in a Handicap Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Similar to his commanding performance at Night of Champions against CM Punk (PHOTOS), Big Show had no problem overcoming two-on-one odds against Curt Hawkins & Vance Archer by making Archer tap out with the Colossal Clutch.
Alberto Del Rio announced he will face Rey Mysterio and attacked Christian for the second time of the night (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Alberto Del Rio arrived in style by driving himself to ringside in a turbo Bentley. Then, after being introduced by his personal ring announcer Ricardo Rodriquez, Del Rio recalled brutally attacking Christian earlier in the night, and fracturing Rey Mysterio's wrist on the Aug. 27 edition of SmackDown (WATCH). After the self-praise, Del Rio announced Rey Mysterio will be on SmackDown's debut on Syfy. Del Rio also said Mysterio challenged him to a match. After all the talking, Christian entered the ring and battled it out with Del Rio. During the melee, Del Rio's personal ring announcer got involved by grabbing Christian's leg. In the end, Del Rio dished out more pain and suffering to Captain Charisma by subjecting him to a cross armbreaker then smashing him into the steel ring post.
Chavo Guerrero def. Kaval (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Veteran Superstar Chavo Guerrero put away WWE NXT season two winner Kaval with a frog splash. Despite showing signs of promise, Kaval's SmackDown record now stands at 0-2.
WWE Tag Team Champions "Dashing" Cody Rhodes & Drew McIntyre def. The Hart Dynasty (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In a Night of Champions title rematch, the new WWE Tag Team Champions faced the former champions after they invoked their rematch clause. Sinister Scotsman Drew McIntyre got the win for his team by exposing the steel turnbuckle, smashing Tyson Kidd's head into it, then finishing him off with the Future Shock DDT.
World Heavyweight Champion Kane def. Chris Masters; declared he will destroy The Undertaker's soul (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Hot off Night of Champions, The Big Red Monster continued his winning ways by destroying Chris Masters to kick off SmackDown. After accomplishing what few have done -- breaking out of the Master Lock -- Kane brutalized Masters, chokeslammed him then finally decimated him with a tombstone. After the victory, the champion proclaimed that he will soon destroy The Undertaker's legend and very soul.