Smackdown Results - 7/20/07 - Laredo, TX (A New World Champion)

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On Friday, July 20, 2007 at 11:36 PM EST

Giant change to Friday nights
By Lennie DiFino
July 20, 2007
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LAREDO, Texas – After learning he would be out of action for longer than anticipated due to a torn pectoral muscle, Edge arrived in Laredo to unwillingly surrender the World Heavyweight Championship to SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long. The GM then announced that a 20-Man Battle Royal would crown a new champion, and The Great Khali outlasted and ousted 19 other men to capture the gold. However, after interfering in a No. 1 Contender’s Match between Batista and Kane, the colossus was told he would face both The Animal and the Big Red Machine in a Triple Threat Match for the title this Sunday at The Great American Bash.

In other action on Friday night, after competing in the 20-Man Battle Royal, Matt Hardy defeated Kenny Dykstra to continue his hot streak heading into his match with United States Champion MVP at The Great American Bash. Will Hardy’s string of successes in 2007 translate into his first major singles title in WWE? Also, Victoria defeated Torrie in a Divas Match.

* Victoria def. Torrie
* The Great Khali wins 20-Man Battle Royal to become World Heavyweight Champion
* Matt Hardy def. Kenny Dykstra
* Batista vs. Kane (No Contest)