Reserving Judgment

Reserving Judgment

PITTSBURGH -- With Judgment Day just nine days away, one Superstar attempted to add his name to the World Championship main event while a second prepared for his own pay-per-view battle after getting blasted by a runaway Samoan Bulldozer for the second week in a row.  

Jeff Hardy def. Chris Jericho (denies Jericho's entrance into the World Heavyweight Championship Match at Judgment Day) (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
Chris Jericho interrupted SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long as he was welcoming Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio back to SmackDown, demanding a World Heavyweight Championship Match. Mysterio showed him little regard, pushing Jericho to the ground and walking out just as Jeff Hardy - the new No. 1 contender to Edge's gold - was walking in. Hardy proclaimed that if Jericho could beat him later on SmackDown, he could be added to the World Heavyweight Championship Match at Judgment Day. (Match preview) Jericho tried to attack him, only to end up with the short end of the stick. (VIDEO | PHOTOS)

Later that night, The Rated-R Superstar joined Jim Ross & Todd Grisham at the broadcast table to watch the match up-close. In the end, Rey Mysterio emerged to distract Jericho long enough for Hardy to hit the Twist of Fate and Swanton Bomb, effectively denying Jericho his place at the World Heavyweight Championship table. Following the match, as Hardy was pursuing Edge up the ramp, Mysterio reigned down on Jericho from the top rope. 

CM Punk def. World Heavyweight Champion Edge (count-out) (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
The Ultimate Opportunist refused to return to the ring during a non-title match with CM Punk, giving his opponent a victory by count-out, but ultimately denying him a potential chance to cash in his Money in the Bank contract. After the bell, The Straightedge Superstar was once again decimated by Umaga, who charged in from behind to take out Punk with the Samoan Spike. Later, Punk officially challenged Umaga to a match at Judgment Day. (Match preview)

The Great Khali def. Dolph Ziggler (Disqualification) (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
When Dolph Ziggler issued an open challenge to anyone in the SmackDown locker room, The Punjabi Playboy answered to call. Although Ziggler did not did not achieve victory, he proved to be the last Superstar standing, attacking Khali repeatedly with a steel chair.

Michelle McCool def. Gail Kim (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
With newly drafted Alicia Fox in her corner, Michelle countered Gail Kim to deliver the devastating Faith Breaker out of nowhere.

Mike Knox def. R-Truth (PHOTOS)
After delivering a brutal boot to R-Truth's face as the referee was separating the two Superstars, Knox utilized his Spinning Reverse STO to overcome his opponent in his SmackDown debut.

John Morrison def. Charlie Haas (PHOTOS)
After losing to Morrison last week and interfering with his match on "WWE Superstars" (VIDEO), The Gold Standard accompanied his former World's Greatest Tag Team partner Charlie Haas to ringside. There, he witnessed The Shaman of Sexy reign supreme with the lethal Split-legged Corkscrew.

Eve wins Cryme Tyme's Hand Slammin' Jammy Jam Challenge (PHOTOS)
For the second week in a row, Eve won a Cryme Tyme contest between herself and Layla, only to end up on the wrong end of a neckbreaker from her opponent once the competition was over. 

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