Perfect end to 2010
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- As the WWE Universe said goodbye to 2010, Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler once again found a way to hold onto his prestigious title and ring in 2011 on a high note.
Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler def. Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger in a Triple Threat Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
At WWE TLC, Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler managed to escape with his title in his grasp. (PHOTOS) In a Triple Threat rematch with Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger, Ziggler found a way to win again on the final SmackDown of 2010. After Kingston blasted Swagger with Trouble in Paradise, the champion quickly rolled up Kofi for the pinfall. Moments before, Kingston was poised to claim the title after dropping Swagger with a DDT. However, Official SmackDown Consultant Vickie Guerrero prevented the pinfall by pulling Swagger's leg to the ropes to stop the ref's count.
SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long hosted a New Year's Eve Party (WATCH: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4)
To ring in 2011, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long hosted a party. His guests included an array of Superstars, including Drew McIntyre, who predicted he would be become champion in 2011. Despite Teddy's good intentions for a nice evening, the party ended in an ugly food fight.
Divas Champion Natalya & Beth Phoenix def. Michelle McCool & Layla (WATCH | PHOTOS)
After clashing at Teddy's New Year's Eve party, SmackDown's top Divas settled matters in the ring. Divas Champion Natalya & Beth Phoenix rang in the New Year with a tag team victory when The Glamazon destroyed Michelle with a devastating Glam Slam.
The first SmackDown matches of 2011 were announced (WATCH)
At his New Year's Eve party, Teddy announced two matches for next week's SmackDown. Rey Mysterio will face Alberto Del Rio in a 2-out-of-3-Falls Match. And, World Heavyweight Champion Edge will defend his title against Kane in a Last Man Standing Match.
World Heavyweight Champion Edge & Rey Mysterio def. Alberto Del Rio & Kane (WATCH | PHOTOS)
In a blockbuster encounter, it was the teamwork between World Heavyweight Champion Edge and Rey Mysterio that equaled victory. After Mysterio crushed Del Rio with the 619, The Ultimate Opportunist followed up with a Spear for the pinfall.
Drew McIntyre def. Trent Barreta (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Putting his body on the line, Trent Barreta dove out of the ring, attempting to connect with Drew McIntyre. Unfortunately for Barreta, he landed head-first on the arena floor. With Barreta clearly shaken up, the ref declared the match over. Adding insult to injury, McIntyre viciously dropped Barreta to the arena floor with a Future Shock DDT.
Big Show def. "Dashing" Cody Rhodes by Count-out (WATCH | PHOTOS)
Big Show proved to be too much to overcome for "Dashing" Cody Rhodes, who was tossed about the ring like a rag doll. When The World's Largest Athlete was poised to deliver a knock out punch, Rhodes had enough punishment and escaped more brutality by simply walking out of the ring and arena, resulting in a count-out.
Theodore Long made an Intercontinental Title Triple Threat Match (WATCH | PHOTOS)
At the start of the night, Vickie Guerrero claimed to be suffering from vertigo due to John Cena lifting her in the air last week for an Attitude Adjustment (WATCH). With Ziggler at her side, she vied for pity from the WWE Universe -- but got none. After Kingston came to the ring to silence her complaints, Swagger came out to agree with Kingston's assessment of what transpired at WWE TLC. When mayhem ensued between the three, Teddy settled matters by announcing the three would square off in the night's main event.