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* Drew McIntyre b. Slam Master J
– Drew got the win following a double underhook DDT.
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* Jim Ross comes out to a huge pop while Todd Grisham receives some heat.
* A replay video package of CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy at Night of Champions is shown.
* The opening pyro hits as the local crowd explodes.
* Jeff Hardy comes out to a massive pop to start the show. He addresses the crowd by saying this is a dream and don’t wake him. He thanks everyone who stuck with him and says that CM Punk said some rotten things. Hardy says the only thing he’s high on is being your World Champion. He then mentions John Morrison and says he plans to give him a fight because his title reign was too short last time. John Morrison vs. Jeff Hardy is announced as tonight’s main event. Cryme Tyme comes out and celebrates with Hardy. As Jeff walks to the back, Cryme Tyme prepares for a match. A replay from last night’s Raw is shown.
* Cryme Tyme b. The Hart Dynasty to face Y2J & Big Show at SummerSlam.
– The winner gets a title shot at SummerSlam. Shad and DH Smith start the match off. The crowd is behind Cryme Tyme. JTG hits a swinging neckbreaker for the win via pinfall. After the match, Big Show and Chris Jericho come out toe major heat. Jericho warns them that things are going down hill. They continue to exchange words back and forth promoting their match at SummerSlam. Finlay & Rey Mysterio vs. Dolph Ziggler & Mike Knox is announced for later.
* Melina & Eve b. Michelle McCool & Layla
* Backstage CM Punk cuts a promo.
* Rey Mysterio & Finlay b. Dolph Ziggler & Mike Knox
– Rey gets the win via pinfall on Ziggler.
* John Morrison cuts a promo backstage.
* The Great Khali vs. Charlie Haas ends in no contest.
– Kane comes out from under the ring. Khali sees him a pursues a chase up the ramp. The match ends in no contest.
* Jeff Hardy b. John Morrison to retain the World Heavyweight Championship
– Morrison is out first. Great back and forth match. Jeff Hardy hits Twist of Fate, a second Swanton and gets the win via pinfall. After the match Punk comes out clapping his hands. He raises Jeff’s hand, pretends to cut a promo and then hits Hardy in the head with the mic to end this week’s SmackDown.
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