Reaching the point of submission
ROCKFORD, Ill. -- With the revolutionary new pay-per-view WWE Breaking Point just two days away, where every main event will be a Submission Match, Friday night stood witness to the fallout of both physical and psychological warfare.
World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk def. Matt Hardy (Submission Match) (Non-title) (PHOTOS | VIDEOS)
Undertaker opened SmackDown with the chilling proclamation that World Heavyweight Champion CM Punk will feel the devastating grip of Hell's Gate in their Submission Match at WWE Breaking Point (Match preview), before handing The Phenom both the title and his very soul. Punk then burst upon the scene, declaring that he only wants one thing this Sunday: To make The Deadman tap out for all the WWE Universe to see. (PHOTOS | VIDEOS)
In the main event, "the only Straightedge Champion in WWE history" made a tremendous statement about his upcoming match with The Deadman, forcing Matt Hardy to tap out to his excruciating Anaconda Vise. Although Punk held the gold high above his head, darkness soon overcame his triumph. And when illumination was restored, Undertaker was standing at the top of the ramp, clutching Punk's World Title in his mighty hands.
The Great Khali vs. David Hart Smith (No contest) (PHOTOS | VIDEOS)
Before Khali's match with David Hart Smith could begin, Kane attacked The Punjabi Playboy from behind, attempting to finish him off with a Singapore Cane. However, Khali stopped him short, sending The Big Red Machine crashing downward with The Punjabi Plunge. But who will fall at the force of the Singapore Cane this Sunday at WWE Breaking Point? (Match preview)
Check out photos of The Hart Dynasty in their hometown of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show def. Cryme Tyme (Non-title) (PHOTOS | VIDEOS)
At the culmination of an all-out tag team onslaught by both sides, a knockout blow from The World's Largest Athlete closed the door on JTG, just as he was bringing himself back into the ring. Will this give the elite combination of Big Show & Jericho the momentum they need to topple the formidable MVP & Mark Henry in just two days? (Match preview)
Intercontinental Champion John Morrison def. Charlie Haas (Non-title) (PHOTOS | VIDEOS)
"The Guru of Greatness" secured his first win as Intercontinental Champion, hitting Charlie Haas with the ever-explosive Starship Pain. After the bell, a very unhappy Dolph Ziggler -- upset about Morrison being given a title opportunity after he had earned that distinction himself -- decided to interrupt. When The Friday Night Delight proposed that they have Ziggler's title match right away, the brash Superstar informed him that his title opportunity will be on his terms.
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Finlay def. Mike Knox (Belfast Brawl) (PHOTOS | VIDEOS)
Amidst the unrelenting fury of the vicious Belfast Brawl, Finlay reigned supreme over Mike Knox, smashing his brutal adversary with a shillelagh shot heard all the way in Northern Ireland.
Layla def. Melina (PHOTOS | VIDEOS)
While talking to Dolph Ziggler, Michelle suddenly fell into his arms. But, as Ziggler caught the falling champion, Layla snapped a picture on her phone. Could the devious duo be trying to destroy Maria's happy relationship?
Later, following a crutch-blasting assault from the injured Women's Champion Michelle McCool, Layla picked up the huge pin over the ultra-fierce Melina.
A SmackDown surprise (VIDEO)
SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long informed WWE Chairman Mr. McMahon that he has a huge surprise planned for next week's show.