Unchecked contention

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October 10, 2008

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Just over two weeks before Cyber Sunday and one week after premiering as the highest-rated show in MyNetwork TV history (Read full story…), the WWE Universe saw several Superstar challengers converge on WWE Champion Triple H and each other.

WWE Champion Triple H vs. Big Show -- No Contest (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Following Big Show's knockout victory over Undertaker at No Mercy (PHOTOS), SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero awarded him a chance at Triple H's WWE Championship (PHOTOS). Vladimir Kozlov and Jeff Hardy both made it clear that they would challenge whoever emerged the winner. But, just when it looked as if Big Show might dethrone The King of Kings, The Phenom suddenly appeared -- inciting a brawl with The World's Largest Athlete which extended all the way to the back. When the Moscow Mauler charged in to attack the war-torn champion, Hardy joined the fight. To the surprise of the WWE Universe, after The Game and the high-flying Superstar combined forces to knock Kozlov out of the ring, Hardy dropped Triple H with a Twist of Fate.

Jeff Hardy def. Montel Vontavious Porter (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After coming up just short of winning the WWE Championship at No Mercy, Jeff Hardy proved that he still has what it takes to reach the top of the mountain, scoring an impressive victory over MVP with a Swanton Bomb. But, the victory was short-lived thanks to the invasion of Vladimir Kozlov. When Hardy repelled himself from the turnbuckle in an attempt to battle his attacker, the Moscow Mauler blasted him in midair with the full force of his granite-like Russian cranium.

R-Truth def. United States Champion Shelton Benjamin (PHOTOS)
In the culmination of a fast-paced, non-title brawl, R-Truth executed a quick counter maneuver in order to pin Shelton Benjamin for the second time. Does R-Truth now have what it takes to remove the "gold" out of the Gold Standard?

Eight-Man Tag Team Match: Festus def. Kenny Dykstra (PHOTOS)
WWE Tag Team Champions Carlito & Primo teamed up with Jesse & Festus to take on Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder and the recently unpacked Ryan Braddock & Kenny Dykstra. Although Festus seemed to take quite a liking to special guest ring announcer Maria, that didn't stop the Corn-fed Colossus from slamming Dykstra's face into the mat, picking up the win as his partners cleared the ring of their other opponents.

Brie Bella def. Natalya (WATCH | PHOTOS)
As Brie Bella proceeded to disappear under the ring during her match with Natalya, the third-generation Diva's B.F.F., Victoria, followed the newcomer under the ring, only to receive an unwelcome greeting. Hornswoggle lunged out from beneath the canvas at the former Women's Champion and chased her away. When Bella reemerged, she was on Natalya's side of the ring. The mysterious Diva then climbed back under with a devious smile, only to pop out on the opposite side and apply a crucifix for the win.

The Great Khali wins Handicap Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Still infuriated by an interview gone bad with Jackass star Johnny Knoxville (Watch Interview and Khali's Kiss Cam on Raw) (Read full story…), The Great Khali hoped to alleviate his frustrations on Scotty Mack, Aaron Bono, and Nelson Creed in a Handicap Match. But, when two of his opponents retreated out of the ring at the mere sound of Khali's mighty roar, the third Superstar was defeated with one blow to the head. Afterwards, the Punjabi Giant attempted to prove that he was a superior entertainer to Knoxville, hosting an impromptu, post-slaughter Kiss Cam where he preceded to kiss one lucky fan of the WWE Universe in Spokane.

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