On Saturday, May 10, 2008 at 2:31 PM EST Championship Chase to Judgment Day
By: Mitch Passero
May 9, 2008
Results courtesy of WWE.com
LONDON, Ontario – While the Championship Chase to Judgment Day dominated Friday Night SmackDown, it was a good night for two Superstars who remain undefeated on SmackDown – Natalya and Vladimir Kozlov.
Borrowing one from Brett "Hit Man" Hart’s bag of tricks, Natalya used the Sharpshooter to make Kelly Kelly submit. With the decisive win, the blonde powerhouse sent a message to all Divas – including Michelle McCool, who was watching the action closely on a backstage monitor.
In machine-like fashion, Russian juggernaut Vladimir Kozlov made quick work of Canadian local, Phil Atlas. Using raw power, Kozlov put Atlas away with a hard-hitting reverse DDT, improving his unbeaten SmackDown record to 6-0.
After SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero stripped Undertaker of the World Heavyweight Championship last Friday on SmackDown, our fans were outraged.
With the title vacant, the GM declared The Deadman would have the opportunity to regain the gold in a World Heavyweight title match at Judgment Day. But first, to determine who his challenger would be, Guerrero set up a series of five Championship Chase matches on SmackDown, culminating in an Over-the-Top-Rope Challenge that same night – with the ultimate winner battling The Phenom for the gold at Judgment Day.
United States Champion Matt Hardy def. CM Punk (Championship Chase)
* Finlay vs. Montel Vontavious Porter (Draw, Championship Chase)
* Natalya def. Kelly Kelly
* Batista def. WWE Tag Team Champion John Morrison (Championship Chase)
* Big Show def. Tommy Dreamer (Championship Chase)
* Kane def. Chavo Guerrero (Championship Chase)
* Vladimir Kozlov def. Phil Atlas
* Edge wins Championship Chase Over the Top Rope Challenge