TRENTON, N.J. - With Hell in a Cell behind the WWE Universe and WWE Bragging Rights rapidly approaching, several of SmackDown's fierce competitors showcased exactly what they have to brag about. But, it was the announcement of a monumental pay-per-view match that inspired three Superstars, while stacking the odds against The Phenom holding the World Heavyweight Title.
CM Punk def. Batista by Count-out (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Bitter about losing the World Heavyweight Championship to The Undertaker, CM Punk was disgusted to not hear SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long announce an automatic title rematch. It appeared, however, The Straightedge Superstar would get his wish when Mr. McMahon arrived. Not exactly.
After expressing some displeasure with Teddy Long that seemed to suggest his opinion that the GM is continuing to provoke the World Heavyweight Champ, the WWE Chairman told Punk he will have the opportunity to reclaim the gold at WWE Bragging Rights. But, "The Second City Saint" won't be the only one to have a chance. Mr. McMahon introduced a Fatal-4-Way Match for the title that will require The Deadman to defend his championship against Punk, Rey Mysterio and Batista. (PHOTOS)
The night didn't get any easier for Punk as he had to deal with The Animal in the main event. Despite outsmarting Batista to win by count-out, the former three-time World Heavyweight Champion couldn't escape a bone-crushing Batista Bomb after the match had ended. Was this a sign of things to come for Punk? Or will he be the one celebrating with the title at WWE Bragging Rights? (PREVIEW)
Rey Mysterio def. Chris Jericho (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Ecstatic over the opportunity to capture the World Title at WWE Bragging Rights, Rey Mysterio utilized that motivation to get some payback from what transpired at Hell in a Cell when he and Batista lost to Big Show & Chris Jericho for the Unified Tag Team Championship. The masked wonder escaped the Walls of Jericho and dialed up the 619 for the impressive victory.
Women's Champion Michelle McCool def. Eve Torres (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Last week on the "Decade of SmackDown" special, Women's Champion Michelle McCool used some assistance from Beth Phoenix to retain the gold against Melina in a Divas Lumberjack Match. The smart, sexy and powerful champion didn't require support against Eve this week as a wicked kick to the jaw ended her opponent's night in a flash.
Intercontinental Champion John Morrison def. Dolph Ziggler (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Intercontinental Champion John Morrison may want to thank SmackDown Diva Maria for her choice of rest. In a rematch from Hell in a Cell, The Guru of Greatness retained his title after Dolph Ziggler's plan of attack didn't go as planned. The beach blonde Superstar placed a steel chair next to the ring, but Maria decided to use it to sit down. The Shaman of Sexy took full advantage of Ziggler and Maria's disorder as he performed the Flying Chuck kick to seal the deal. Afterwards, Ziggler was so upset with the Diva that he ended their personal relationship. (WATCH)
Drew McIntyre & Kane def. R-Truth & Matt Hardy (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Drew McIntyre & Kane looked extremely impressive in their first tag team action together as they stomped on R-Truth and Matt Hardy. McIntyre, who was personally signed to the SmackDown roster by Mr. McMahon, finished the match with a Double Underhook DDT on Hardy.
World Heavyweight Champion The Undertaker fears no one (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The Undertaker addressed the WWE Universe for the first time since winning his seventh World Championship. The Deadman declared that CM Punk escaped Hell in a Cell in one piece, but that he will claim his soul at WWE Bragging Rights. The Phenom also stated that Batista's strength and rage will not be enough to save him, and that despite his legendary heart and courage, Mysterio will not be granted any mercy.