Reunited for victory
By: Mitch Passer
March 11, 2011
Results courtesy of WWE.com
HOUSTON – With WrestleMania XXVII just 23 days away, John Cena and Triple H came to the blue brand with messages for their opponents. Plus, WWE NXT season four runner-up Brodus Clay tried to make a name for himself on Friday night with Alberto Del Rio at his side, but reunited veterans World Heavyweight Champion Edge and Christian said no how, no way.
World Heavyweight Champion Edge & Christian def. Alberto Del Rio & Brodus Clay
As Edge and Alberto Del Rio’s WrestleMania collision draws near, the two battled in tag team action. Reunited for the first time in more than a decade, Edge and Christian used their veteran skills to achieve victory. After Captain Charisma stunned Clay with a Tornado DDT, The Ultimate Opportunist followed up with a hard-hitting flying elbow.
Triple H accepted a No Holds Barred Match with The Undertaker
Saying emotion would not play a role in his match with The Undertaker at WrestleMania, Triple H eagerly accepted the proposed No Holds Barred Match and confidently predicted victory over The Phenom.
Rey Mysterio def. Drew McIntyre
After a 619 and splash combo, Rey Mysterio beat Drew McIntyre. Following the match, Cody Rhodes emerged, wanting an answer to his WrestleMania challenge. Mysterio heartily accepted.
Layla def. Kaitlyn
Despite a formidable offense from NXT season three winner Kaitlyn, Layla took care of business with a Lay-out neckbreaker. Afterward, Layla held Kaitlyn in the corner, allowing Michelle McCool to connect with a vicious kick from behind.
Michael Cole interviewed John Cena
John Cena came to SmackDown to boldly proclaim that WWE Champion The Miz made the biggest mistake of his career when he blindsided Cena and hit him with the People’s Elbow on Raw. When Michael Cole antagonized Cena about the night, all hell broke lose. In the end, Cole’s WrestleMania trainer, Jack Swagger, was met with the full force of an Attitude Adjustment.
Cody Rhodes def. JTG
Bitter and self-conscious about his injured face, Cody Rhodes unloaded on JTG, finishing him off quickly with a brutal Cross Rhodes.
Big Show & Kane def. Wade Barrett & Heath Slater by Disqualification
Despite being banned from ringside by Teddy Long, Justin Gabriel and Ezekiel Jackson couldn’t hold back from joining the fray, launching a brutal four-on-one assault against Kane. After watching the assault from outside the ropes, Big Show eventually got back in the ring to help out his partner. The World’s Largest Athlete first blasted Jackson with a steel chair across the back. Then, as Barrett brandished the chair, Show drove the cold steel back into his face with a massive right punch. As The Corre scattered, Show slammed Kane across the back with the steel chair – perhaps payback for Kane’s chair shot in their one-on-one match last week.
Kane def. Wade Barrett by Disqualification
After his refusal to join The Corre, Kane paid a painful price when the group of renegades brutally attacked him, resulting in an immediate disqualification in his bout with Wade Barrett. Before total destruction, Big Show rushed to the ring to drive off the vicious attackers.
Edge & Christian vs. Alberto Del Rio & Brodus Clay announced
When Edge attempted to fend off Alberto Del Rio and his protégé, Brodus Clay, Christian came to the champion’s aid. Then, when the former tag team partners ended up taking quite a beating, SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long announced the four would square off in the night’s main event.
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