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October 01, 2010

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Just two nights before Hell in a Cell, The Nexus invaded the season premiere of SmackDown live on Syfy, and The Undertaker once again demonstrated that he has fully harnessed the powers of darkness. Find Syfy in your area

John Cena vs. World Heavyweight Champion Kane Lumberjack Match ended in a No Contest (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Just as they did at the start of the night, The Nexus intervened in the action by attacking before a winner could be determined in the evening's Lumberjack Match. After focusing their assault on John Cena, the house lights dimmed. Then, from out of the darkness, The Undertaker emerged. With Paul Bearer looking on, The Phenom unleashed his fury on The Big Red Monster both in and out of the ring. Kane tried to battle back, but was met with the full force of his brother's chokeslam as "The Father of Destruction" raised his mystical urn high. Is it a sign of things to come when they meet at Hell in a Cell? (Preview)

WWE Champion Randy Orton def. WWE Tag Team Champion "Dashing" Cody Rhodes (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Once former allies, WWE Champion Randy Orton and WWE Tag Team Champion "Dashing" Cody Rhodes collided in a battle between two champions. In the end, Orton reigned supreme by dropping Rhodes with an RKO. After the action, Rhodes' fellow WWE Tag Team Champion, Drew McIntyre, attempted to retaliate. Instead he, too, was dropped with an RKO. With both Superstars down, Sheamus came charging to the ring and made his presence known by pump-kicking Orton to the canvas. In just two days, who will prevail when they meet inside Hell in a Cell for Orton's title? (Preview)

Rey Mysterio returned to SmackDown (WATCH | PHOTOS)
While holding a Chihuahua wearing a Rey Mysterio mask, Alberto Del Rio mocked his fellow SmackDown Superstar by talking -- and kissing -- the dog as if it were Mysterio. Next, the real Master of the 619 arrived, shocking the WWE Universe and charging after Del Rio. A stunned Del Rio was able to avoid the brunt of Mysterio's onslaught, but his personal ring announcer was not so lucky. Ricardo Rodriquez was the unlucky recipient of a hard-hitting 619.

The Undertaker def. CM Punk (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After the shocking return of Paul Bearer last week, The Undertaker appears to have now fully harnessed the powers of darkness. Unfortunately for CM Punk, who simply could not find a way to stop the hard-charging Phenom. With "The Father of Destruction" in his corner, The Deadman dispatched of The Straight Edge Superstar with a brutal chokeslam, followed by a lethal Tombstone. It may be a sign of things to come this Sunday, when The Phenom faces his brother, World Heavyweight Champion Kane. (Preview)

The Nexus def. Big Show in a 5-on-1 Handicap Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Despite his formidable size, the 5-on-1 disadvantage proved too much for Big Show to overcome. After leaving Big Show in a lifeless heap, The Nexus continued to unload on their downed opponent, as Justin Gabriel hit Big Show with not one, but two 450 Splashes! But what kind of impact will Sunday have for The Nexus, whose collective future lies in the hands of John Cena and Wade Barrett at Hell in a Cell? (Preview)

Edge put an end to Jack Swagger's "All-American American" Homecoming Celebration (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In front of a hometown audience, Jack Swagger celebrated … himself. Claiming he hasn't been getting the respect he deserves for putting Oklahoma on the map, Swagger said he -- and his personal "Swagger Soaring Eagle" mascot -- moved to, of all places, Texas. However, while Swagger crowned himself the undisputed "King of Oklahoma," Edge interrupted his self-coronation ceremony. Wishing to rid WWE of all things stupid, The Rated-R Superstar dropped Swagger's personal mascot with a right hook, then drove him to the canvas with a bone-crushing Spear.

Natalya, Kelly Kelly & The Bella Twins def. Unified Divas Champion Michelle McCool, Layla, Maryse & Alicia Fox -- Eight-Diva Tag Team Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Eight sexy, smart and powerful Divas looked to make an impact on SmackDown's historic premiere on Syfy. In the end, it was none other than third-generation Diva Natalya who earned the victory for her team by making Maryse submit with the Sharpshooter in the Eight-Diva Tag Team Match. Natalya now has a chance to shine on the pay-per-view stage, when she takes on Unified Divas Champion Michelle McCool this Sunday at Hell in a Cell. (Preview)

The Nexus attacked MVP and Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler, and "assisted" SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long in making two matches (WATCH | PHOTOS)
With SmackDown's live debut on Syfy, The Nexus seized the opportunity to make an impact. First, they brutally beat down Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler MVP, ending their title match before it even began. Amid total carnage, Big Show and John Cena entered the fray, driving off the brazen attackers.

Then, The Nexus' leader Wade Barrett offered more surprises when he appeared on the arena screen. He revealed The Nexus had "assisted" SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long in making two matches for the night. With Barrett looming by his side, the GM announced it would be Big Show vs. The Nexus in a 5-on-1 Handicap Match, and John Cena vs. World Heavyweight Champion Kane.

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