Whirlwind before the Rumble

Whirlwind before the Rumble

CINCINNATI -- With just two nights until the Royal Rumble (full coverage), Unified Tag Team Champions D-Generation X found themselves in fierce singles competition against two of SmackDown's most electrifying Superstars, CM Punk and Rey Mysterio. 

DX comes to SmackDown / SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long shakes things up (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Triple H and Shawn Michaels journeyed to SmackDown ready to defend their Unified Tag Team Titles against CM Punk and Luke Gallows. However, after a strong exchange of words between all involved -- as well as from the No. 1 Contender to the World Heavyweight Championship Rey Mysterio -- SmackDown GM Teddy Long decided to seize the opportunity to change things up. Instead of tag team action, Mysterio would go one-on-one with HBK for the first time ever on SmackDown, while The King of Kings would lock horns with The Straightedge Superstar.

Rey Mysterio vs. Shawn Michaels ends in a No Contest (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In the final moment of their epic clash, Shawn Michaels answered The Master of the 619's signature move with Sweet Chin Music. As both Superstars struggled to recover, Batista attacked, driving Michaels to the canvas with a spear and blasting Mysterio with a spinebuster. His attempt to hit the Batista Bomb on Michaels came up short, however, when Triple H ran to his DX partner's aid. The Game and The Animal fought over the top rope and out to the floor. As HBK and Mysterio attempted to get to their feet, they were met by the familiar gong of The Undertaker. The Phenom appeared out of the darkness and chokeslammed both war-torn Superstars.   

What condition will Rey Mysterio be in when he looks to overcome the odds and capture the World Title this Sunday at the Royal Rumble? (Match preview)

And who will reign supreme in the Royal Rumble Match, paving the way for a World Championship opportunity on The Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania XXVI? (Match preview)

Triple H def. CM Punk by Disqualification (PHOTOS | WATCH)
With Luke Gallows and recently inducted Straight Edge Society member Serena lurking at ringside, Triple H triumphed over The Second City Saint, though not the way he may have intended. As The Game was setting up The Pedigree, Serena and Gallows attacked, causing the official to call for the bell. Once the trio had secured their post-match advantage, they tried to cap off their assault by shaving Triple H's head. But HBK swiftly arrived to even the score and DX cleared the ring of Gallows. When they turned their attention back to Punk, however, the "Straight Edge savior" suddenly pulled Serena in front of him in order to save himself.

Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre def. John Morrison (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In the climax of an extremely brutal no disqualification battle, McIntyre got his knees up in time to counter The Guru of Greatness' Starship Pain. This gave the "Chosen One" the opening he needed to set up his Double Underhook DDT, bouncing Morrison's head off the Intercontinental Championship to successfully defend his illustrious title.

Women's Champion Michelle McCool def. "Mickie James" (PHOTOS | WATCH)
One week after smashing a pig cake into Mickie James' face and dousing her with punch, Team Lay-Cool continued their unrelenting humiliation campaign of their favorite target. After Layla bounced out to the ring, doing her best impression of a famished Mickie in a pig-like fat suit, Michelle "defeated" her with quick roll up.

Will Mickie get her revenge when she challenges Michelle for the Women's Title this Sunday at the Royal Rumble? (Match preview)

R-Truth def. Chris Jericho (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Chris Jericho calls himself "the best in the world at what he does." But, when the smoke cleared in his heated match with R-Truth, it was the rapping Superstar who proved himself better than the best. When Jericho tried to end things with the Codebreaker, Truth quickly countered with a jackknife roll up, claiming victory over the first-ever Undisputed WWE Champion.

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