Laughter from the grave
ALBANY, N.Y. -- SmackDown was hurled into darkness as World Heavyweight Champion Kane proclaimed his sinister intention to defend his title against The Undertaker at Night of Champions.
World Heavyweight Champion Kane announced that he will end The Undertaker's existence at Night of Champions (PHOTOS | WATCH 1 | WATCH 2)
After Kane announced that he will put the World Heavyweight Championship on the line against The Undertaker at Night of Champions, The Big Red Monster rose out of a casket placed at ringside, sending a frightening message to his ominous brother. He claimed to be in the possession of The Phenom's legendary powers, insisting that there was nothing The Demon of Death Valley would be able to do to stop his demise at their upcoming pay-per-view showdown.
When The Undertaker emerged to confront Kane, his frightening younger brother disappeared. However, the self-proclaimed "devil's favorite demon" soon reappeared on the arena screen, informing The Phenom that although they're known as The Brothers of Destruction, after Night of Champions, The Deadman will soon simply be the brother that he destroyed. (Match preview)
"Dashing" Cody Rhodes def. Matt Hardy (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Cody Rhodes prefaced his match with Matt Hardy by completely insulting the physical make-up of his impending opponent. Then, in the final moments of their hard-fought match, the "Dashing" Superstar dropped a knee off the second rope onto Hardy's injured left ankle, setting up the victory with the Cross Rhodes.
Jack Swagger hosted "MVP's VIP Lounge" (PHOTOS | WATCH)
After defeating MVP in the "Jack Swagger Senior Invitational" one week ago, Jack Swagger captured the right to host "MVP's VIP Lounge" for one night. "The All-American American's" special guest was none other than his injured father, still confined to a wheelchair.
When MVP arrived to "close the ‘VIP Lounge' for renovations," Swagger opted to use his dad as a human shield, in order to prevent his ballin' foe from getting to him. In the confusion, Swagger senior was sent flying out of the chair and into The Franchise Playa. After the younger Swagger missed his chance at a follow-up attack, The Ballin' Superstar put the icing on the cake by dropping the big elbow on the fallen Swagger patriarch.
Big Show def. CM Punk & Luke Gallows (PHOTOS | WATCH)
In a 2-on-1 Handicap Match, Big Show reigned supreme by making Luke Gallows tap-out to the Colossal Clutch. After the bell, CM Punk stunned the WWE Universe by executing the GTS on the war-torn "first disciple" of his Straight Edge Society.
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Chris Masters (PHOTOS | WATCH)
After Dolph Ziggler utilized his amazing athletic prowess to overcome Chris Masters' Master Lock -- kicking back off the turnbuckle to send his chiseled opponent crashing down to the canvas -- the champion triumphed with the Zig Zag.
Michelle McCool def. Kelly Kelly (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Just more than two weeks before the Divas and Women's Championships will be unified in a Lumberjills Match at Night of Champions (preview), Michelle McCool defeated Kelly Kelly with the Faithbreaker. Although the self-professed "co-Women's Champion" gains valuable momentum heading toward the upcoming pay-per-view, it has yet to be established which member of Team Lay-Cool will face Divas Champion Melina.
Christian def. Drew McIntyre (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Just minutes after being blindsided by McIntyre, Christian elected to shake off the effects of the onslaught and commence his scheduled match against the ruthless "Chosen One." And at the conclusion of their extremely brutal battle, Captain Charisma triumphed, lifting his adversary off his feet, before flipping him over for the quick three-count.
Christian interrupted Alberto Del Rio's celebration (PHOTOS | WATCH)
One week after viciously assaulting Rey Mysterio and fracturing his wrist, Alberto Del Rio threw himself a lavish celebration to honor his nefarious actions. Christian soon interrupted the festivities, mocking SmackDown's newest Superstar. Just when it looked as if they would come to blows, the aristocratic Superstar told Captain Charisma that he would pay at a different time and place. As Del Rio made his exit, Drew McIntyre attacked Christian from behind, allowing Del Rio to pour champagne all over his face.