Trifecta of torture
NORFOLK, Va. -- As WWE geared up for the unpredictable brutality of WWE: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, Edge continued to use Paul Bearer to make World Heavyweight Champion Kane's life a living hell.
Edge def. World Heavyweight Champion Kane in a Non-Title Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
With the abducted Paul Bearer still missing, World Heavyweight Champion Kane battled The Rated-R Superstar to determine who would pick the stipulation in their World Title Match at WWE TLC.
When a screaming Paul Bearer appeared on the TitanTron, Kane had to choose whether to seek out his father and potentially lose by count-out, or return to the ring and try to finish off his war-torn No. 1 contender. Making the decision to finish the match, he soon found himself summarily Speared by The Ultimate Opportunist for the loss.
Proclaiming that their match at WWE TLC will be Tables, Ladders & Chairs (Match preview), Edge informed Kane that he would give him back his father. However, when The Big Red Monster tried to recover Paul Bearer at the top of the ramp, he instead discovered an unknown man dressed like his father. As he attacked the imposter, the real Paul Bearer again appeared on the TitanTron. Kane ran to look for him, just in time to witness Edge driving away on a flatbed truck, with a hysterical Paul Bearer secured to the back in a wheelchair.
Layla def. Rosa Mendes (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Following her win over Rosa Mendes with the Lay-Out neckbreaker, Layla and her Team Lay-Cool cohort, Michelle McCool, continued their aggression on the defeated Diva. When Hornswoggle emerged to lend Rosa a hand, Team Lay-Cool ridiculed him. Beth Phoenix soon put an end to the laughter, storming to the ring to take down both Michelle and Layla. When the Swagger Soaring Eagle opted to join the turmoil -- assaulting Hornswoggle -- The Glamazon blasted the boisterous bird of prey with the Glam Slam. Hornswoggle then finished things off with the Tadpole Splash.
Kofi Kingston def. Jack Swagger (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Kofi Kingston defeated Jack Swagger in a hard-fought match to become the No.1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship by executing an incredible Trouble in Paradise from outside the ring.
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre def. MVP & Kaval (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Thanks to a distraction by Dolph Ziggler's girlfriend -- SmackDown Official Consultant Vickie Guerrero -- Drew McIntyre set up the bleach-blond champion to hit the Zig Zag on Kaval for the victory.
After the match, an irate Kane emerged, executing a brutal chokeslam on MVP and a tombstone on the "World Warrior." He then demanded that Edge return the abducted Paul Bearer to him.
The actions of "The Devil's Favorite Demon" ignited another torturous night of torrent, courtesy of The Master Manipulator. Once again, Edge forced Kane to chase him throughout the arena, as he crushed one fake Paul Bearer with huge storage boxes and pushed a second fake Paul Bearer down a flight on stairs. (Watch part 1 | part 2 | part 3)
Kane wasn't the only surprise surrounding the intense tag team match. Moments before it began, Kaitlyn -- the beautiful winner of WWE NXT season 3 -- informed his former WWE Pro Vickie Guerrero that she is now SmackDown's newest Diva. (Watch).
Rey Mysterio informed Alberto Del Rio that they will battle at WWE TLC (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After costing Alberto Del Rio a win in the 2011 King of the Ring Tournament on Monday Night Raw, Rey Mysterio returned to SmackDown surrounded by tables, ladders and chairs. When his aristocratic adversary emerged, The Ultimate Underdog informed him that they will face each other at WWE TLC (Match preview). The brawl that soon ensued between them came to a crushing halt when Mysterio leaped off the apron onto Del Rio as he lay on a table outside the ring.