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One good burn deserves another
MANCHESTER, England -- As The Nexus once again threatened the future of SmackDown, World Heavyweight Champion Kane facilitated Edge's loss to David Otunga in a Lumberjack Match, while The Rated-R Superstar caused "The Devil's Favorite Demon" to fall to Big Show.
Big Show def. World Heavyweight Champion Kane in a Non-Title Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In a major clash of SmackDown's titans, Big Show ultimately reigned supreme over World Heavyweight Champion Kane, thanks in part to the maniacal actions of Edge.
Prior to the match, Kane could not find Paul Bearer. He did, however, find his father's mystical urn and definite signs of a struggle.
When it looked as if The Big Red Monster was about to chokeslam his gigantic adversary for the victory, Edge emerged with Paul Bearer in tow, tied to a wheelchair, hysterical with fear. As The Master Manipulator threatened to push "The Father of Destruction" off the top of the ramp, The World's Largest Athlete used the distraction to chokeslam his horrific opponent for the win.
"Dashing" Cody Rhodes taunted the WWE Universe in Manchester (WATCH | PHOTOS)
"Dashing" Cody Rhodes came before the Manchester crowd to school them on their alleged bad teeth and general lack of hygiene. However, The WWE Universe was not impressed with Rhodes' advice.
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. MVP in an Intercontinental Championship Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Last week, MVP became the No. 1 contender to the Intercontinental Championship with a whirlwind Triple Threat Match victory over "Dashing" Cody Rhodes and Drew McIntyre.
This week -- despite the noticeable absence of his girlfriend, Vickie Guerrero, at ringside -- Dolph Ziggler overcame The Franchise Playa's challenge with the Zig Zag, after the referee failed to see MVP's leg on the ropes.
David Otunga def. Edge in a Lumberjack Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
On Monday Night Raw, Wade Barrett informed David Otunga that if he lost to Edge on SmackDown, he would be "excommunicated" from The Nexus. But, The Ultimate Opportunist would not be an easy mark, as he searched for momentum just nine days before challenging World Heavyweight Champion Kane for the title at Survivor Series. (Match preview)
From the beginning of the high-stakes match, the SmackDown Lumberjacks wasted little time neutralizing The Nexus Lumberjacks, clearing the way for the home team to have its way with Otunga any time he was outside the ring.
In the match's climactic moments -- just when Edge looked ready to hit the Spear on the A-Lister -- World Heavyweight Champion Kane emerged, blasting his No. 1 contender with the chokeslam. While the referee was distracted, Otunga picked up the win.
Natalya def. self-professed "Co-Divas Champion" Layla in a Non-Title Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Nine days before she will face both members of Team Lay-Cool for the Divas Title at Survivor Series (match preview), Natalya scored a huge non-title victory over Layla, making one-half of the self-professed "Co-Divas Champions" tap out to the Sharpshooter.
Alberto Del Rio def. Kofi Kingston (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After escaping Trouble in Paradise, Alberto Del Rio made Kofi Kingston tap out to the cross armbreaker. Following the match, however, the aristocratic Superstar was treated to a surprise 619, compliments of Rey Mysterio.
SmackDown's Official Consultant Vickie Guerrero made a Lumberjack Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In charge of SmackDown in General Manager Theodore Long's absence, Vickie Guerrero was determined to keep control of Friday night, despite the presence of The Nexus. With that in mind, Guerrero added a lumberjack stipulation to the match between Edge and David Otunga. She also proclaimed that Otunga's Nexus cohorts and the entire SmackDown locker room would serve as lumberjacks.
When Guerrero demanded that Edge shake Otunga's hand in the spirit of English sportsmanship, the nine-time World Champion followed the gesture up by Spearing his impending foe off the ring apron and onto his fellow Nexus members.