Anarchy in Bakersfield
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Just more than two weeks before Night of Champions (full coverage), match disruption ran rampant as calculated mayhem ruled Friday night.
Intercontinental Champion Rey Mysterio def. Chris Jericho (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
Following Mysterio's successful title defense over Jericho with his earth-shattering 619 & splash combination, Edge tried to launch a post-match assault. When the masked Superstar opted to let it be, exiting the ring rather than engaging The Rated-R Superstar, he was suddenly attacked out of nowhere by a reemerging Dolph Ziggler. The smiling Superstar then threw the fallen Intercontinental Champion to the dogs, allowing the Unified Tag Team Champions to hit both a spear & the Codebreaker. Ziggler then finished him off with a devastating neckbreaker of his own.
Kane def. Jeff Hardy (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
After last week's eye-popping chain of events while teaming with World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk (last week's results), Jeff Hardy emerged wearing an eye patch. He soon ripped it off, declaring that his eye injury is just as serious as The Straightedge Superstar's.
Punk emerged just when Hardy was gaining a strong advantage in his hard-fought battle with Kane. The distraction gave The Big Red Machine enough time to recover and chokeslam The Charismatic No. 1 Contender off the top rope for the huge victory.
World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk vs. The Great Khali (No contest) (VIDEO | PHOTOS)
Jeff Hardy later joined Hall of Famer Jim Ross & Todd Grisham at the broadcast table as Punk prepared to face The Punjabi Playboy. Punk produced an eye drop prescription and mocked Hardy's past troubles. The growing animosity between Punk and Hardy threatens to reach a fever-pitch as they prepare to face off at Night of Champions in a World Championship Match in two weeks (Match preview).
In the culmination of an explosive match, Khali hit Punk with the devastating Punjabi Plunge. But before he could get the three-count however, Kane emerged with a steel chair. A "clash of the titans" ensued when Ranjin Singh evened the odds, supplying Khali with a chair of his own. Kane struck first, but the fury of Khali kept him on his feet. He then nailed Kane with the chair, causing The Big Red Machine to uncharacteristically retreat for the second week in a row.
Dolph Ziggler def. John Morrison (PHOTOS)
Despite a growing backstage "association" with the lovely Maria, Ziggler kept his focus. In the culmination of an intense match with John Morrison, Ziggler prevailed, grabbing The Friday Night Delight's tights after a quick counter.
Melina & Eve def. Women's Champion Michelle McCool & Layla (Diva Tag Team Match) (PHOTOS)
After Layla accidentally smacked into Michelle, Melina rolled the English Diva up for the pin. After the bell, the Women's Champion attacked her wild predecessor, instantly inciting a fierce brawl between the two explosive Divas.
The Hart Dynasty def. Cryme Tyme (PHOTOS)
Natalya jumped up on the ring apron, distracting both JTG & the referee as The Hart Dynasty executed a powerful double-team assault for the win. (WATCH "WORD UP")