Survival instincts run wild
PHILADELPHIA -- With Survivor Series just 48 hours away, all of SmackDown's Superstars were looking looking to be the last one standing amidst a feverish rampage of brotherly destruction, animalistic rage, championship frenzy and Straightedge intervention that rocked Friday night to its very core.
World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker & Kane vs. Unified Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Big Show ended in a No Contest (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The Brothers of Destruction, two legendary forces of indescribable mayhem, remerged as one to take on Jericho and Big Show. However, the intense mega match between four of WWE's elite Superstars was destined to descend into absolute bedlam from the beginning. When The World's Largest Athlete stormed into the ring to break up The Deadman's dreaded Hell's Gate, he drew the wrath of The Big Red Machine, igniting an all out free-for-all that left the official no choice but to declare a no-contest.
When the smoke finally cleared, the squared circle anarchy had taken its toll on all four combatants. And with both The Phenom and Kane down, Jericho seized the moment and delivered a surprise Codebreaker to his own partner. The first-ever Undisputed WWE Champion snatched up the World Title and held it high above his head, sending a definitive message that this Sunday's pay-per-view will truly be every one for himself.
Could this be a prophecy of things to come in the World Heavyweight Championship Triple Threat Match at Survivor Series? (Match preview)
Batista def. Matt Hardy (PHOTOS | WATCH)
An irate Batista roared onto SmackDown, focusing the full force of his relentless fury on Matt Hardy. After executing three consecutive spinbusters, The Animal hit a vicious Batista Bomb for the decisive victory. He later declared that Rey Mysterio, the source of his anger, would never again embarrass him the way he did last week, promising to decimate his former friend at the Survivor Series.
Tyson Kidd def. Rey Mysterio by Disqualification (PHOTOS | WATCH)
While Batista emanated silent intimidation from the broadcast table, Mysterio went round and round with Tyson Kidd. But seconds after The Animal cost his former comrade-in-arms the match by disqualification, the masked Superstar found an opening to dish out another humiliating hit-and-run attack on the Superstar he once called a brother. A completely enraged Batista failed to catch Mysterio and was left with nothing but egg on his face for the second week in a row.
Will Mysterio's actions be his undoing at Survivor Series as the two former World Champions collide? (Match preview)
Intercontinental John Morrison def. Dolph Ziggler in 2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the Intercontinental Championship (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Despite suffering a major rib injury, The Guru of Greatness heroically rallied back to overcome Dolph Ziggler 2 falls to 1. Despite another impressive effort from his confident challenger, "The A-Lister" closed the door on the hard fought battle for the gold with Starship Pain.
Will The Friday Night Delight and the rest of Team Morrison survive on Sunday against Team Miz? (Match preview)
CM Punk's Straightedge Intervention (PHOTOS | WATCH)
The Straightedge Superstar carried out a one-man Straightedge intervention on the WWE Universe, attempting to show them "how to survive" by disposing of cigarettes, prescription pills, and alcohol into a metal trash can. However, his efforts came to a sudden halt when R-Truth decided to carry out an intervention of his own. After knocking Punk to the ground, the rapping Superstar emptying the contents of the trash can on top of Punk before using it to bash The Second City Saint in his rib cage.
Who will chose the correct path to survival when Team Orton faces Team Kofi at Survivor Series? (Match preview)
Drew McIntyre def. Finlay (PHOTOS | WATCH)
Despite an aggressive attack of pure retribution by The Belfast Brawler for McIntyre's shillelagh assault one week ago, The Scottish Superstar used a quick jab to the eye to set up his Double Arm Underhook DDT and walked away with the win.
Could McIntyre's ruthless tactics be enough to grab triumphant for Team Miz this Sunday? (Match preview)
Mickie James def. Layla (PHOTOS | WATCH)
For the second week in a row, Women's Champion Michelle McCool made Mickie James' existence miserable on Friday nights. After Mickie soundly defeated Layla, she was quickly introduced to Michelle's personalized video version of "Old McDonald," designed to degrade the new SmackDown Diva with its starring character "Piggy James." The insulting stunt left the former Women's Champion crying in the ring.
But who will be shedding tears of defeat when Team Michelle takes on Team Mickie at Survivor Series? (Match preview)