Bridgeport tunnel vision

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December 12, 2008

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Just two days before Armageddon, the intensity that erupted between the two imminent challengers to the WWE Championship was so great that it blinded them to the opportunistic nature of the Superstar wearing the gold. 

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Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy (No Contest) (PHOTOS)
WWE Champion Edge carried out an effective sneak attack on Triple H and Jeff Hardy, spearing both of his Armageddon opponents as they were engaging in an exhausting battle with each other. The fuse for their intense main event was lit at the top of the show, when the Charismatic Enigma attacked The Game from behind while he was emerging for what was to be the start of their match. (PHOTOS) This caused things to quickly erupt into chaos between the two furious Superstars. While Chavo Guerrero and a barrage of officials struggled to get control, one of them was hurled at SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero, sending her crashing to the ground.

The Cutting Edge with guest ECW Champion Matt Hardy (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After once again denying that he had anything to do with the Survivor Series weekend attack on Jeff Hardy -- placing the blame instead on Triple H -- Edge suggested to Cutting Edge guest Matt Hardy that he was only getting involved with his brother's business because nobody cared about him. After the ECW Champion knocked the Rated-R Superstar to the ground, Vladimir Kozlov marched down to the ring. The Ultimate Opportunist then nailed Hardy from behind, allowing the Moscow Mauler to once again punish his Armageddon opponent.

The Great Khali def. Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder (Handicap Match) (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Khali triumphed over the combined forces of former WWE Tag Team Champions Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder in a 2-on-1 Handicap Match. After Curt Hawkins jumped off the top rope directly into Khali's mammoth hands, the Slammy Award winner for Best "DAMN!" Moment of the Year sent him crashing down onto Ryder with his devastating Punjabi Plunge.

R-Truth def. Montel Vontavious Porter (PHOTOS)
After claiming top honors for Best Musical Performance at the Slammy Awards earlier this week, R-Truth captured a victory over MVP. As the Ballin' Superstar was picking up his opponent, R-Truth quickly escaped and rolled up the Franchise Playa for the win.  Following the loss, MVP's misery was quickly amplified with the help of the ridiculing microphone of the Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia star, Mr. Kennedy.

The Brian Kendrick def. WWE Tag Team Champion Primo (PHOTOS)
When Ezekiel Jackson hurled Carlito into the steel steps, The Brian Kendrick delivered a stunning kick to a distracted Primo, allowing him to apply an inside cradle for the quick, yet effective, pinfall. With Jackson continuing to provide an intimidating presence at ringside, The Kendrick has claimed his second singles competition victory over the WWE Tag Team Champions in recent weeks.

Hurricane Helms def. United States Champion Shelton Benjamin (Non-title) (PHOTOS)
After Hurricane Helms scored a non-title victory on the Gold Standard -- hitting Benjamin with a high cross body after knocking him off the top rope -- he made it clear to Tazz and the WWE Universe that it is time for a new United States Champion.

The Bella Twins def. Maryse & Natalya (PHOTOS)
While the distracted official was busy getting an irate Maryse out of the ring, Brie Bella disrupted Natayla's attempt to slam her sister by delivering a dropkick that caused Nikki to fall onto her opponent and pick up the victory.

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