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* Most of the upper level is tarped off.
* A WrestleMania video package is shown.
* There is a steel cage hanging above the ring.
* Carlito & Primo Colon b. TJ Wilson & DH Smith w/Natalya
– TJ Wilson, DH Smith, and Natalya are introduced as “The Foundation.” Carlito got the win via pinfall after hitting the backstabber on TJ. Lots of high-flying moves.
SmackDown: (Airing December 5)
* SmackDown opens with Vickie Guerrero & Edge coming out.
* Edge b. Kung Fu Naki in a squash match.
– Edge got the win with a spear. After the match Vickie grabs a mic and says Triple H will team up with Jeff Hardy tonight in a tag team gauntlet match. She says they will continue to take on opponents until they lose. Edge vs. Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy in a triple threat match is announced for Armageddon.
* Maria b. Michelle McCool
– Michelle goes for a superkick. Maria ducks it and hits her with a roll up for the win.
* The Bella Twins, Primo Colon, & Carlito are backstage with Maria celebrating her win. Michelle McCool goes up to Maria and kicks her.
* The Big Show cuts a promo on his steel cage main event match with The Undertaker tonight.
* MVP is out to the ring next. He cuts a promo talking about his losing streak. He complains about them taking away his “cool” entrance with his music and pyros. He says that’s alright because he’s going to pay someone back. Gregory Helms’ music cuts him off. Justin Roberts announces him as he makes his return to SmackDown.
* Gregory Helms “Hurricane” b. MVP
– Helms gets the win with the shining wizard.
* Triple H & Jeff Hardy in a tag team gauntlet match is up next. Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins are their first opponents. Triple H hits Curt Hawkins with a pedigree. Then Jeff hits him with a swanton bomb followed by a pinfall for the win.
John Morrison & The Miz are their next opponents. The match goes back and forth for approximately ten minutes. During the match Jeff Hardy and Triple H get in each others face and they finally go at it. Security comes out and separates them and takes them to the back. That’s the end of the tag team gauntlet match.
* Edge is backstage telling Vickie how much he loves her. Jeff Hardy interrupts. Triple H comes in and attacks Hardy. They hype the triple threat match at Armageddon. Edge & Vickie make out. Triple H vs. Jeff Hardy is announced for the December 12th edition of SmackDown.
* Matt Hardy vs. Chavo Guerrero
– During the match Vladimir Kozlov comes out and attacks Matt Hardy. He then throws Chavo out of the ring. He continues his assault on Hardy. The match ends in disqualification. Kozlov leaves as the referees help Hardy to the back.
* They roll out a red carpet and set up Christmas decorations. The Great Khali comes out with a long Santa hat on and Ranjin Singh is dressed up like an elf. They do the kiss cam. Eve comes out in a “Santas little helper” outfit and she kisses Khali.
* The Undertaker b. The Big Show in a cage match.
– The Big Show taps to the devils triangle. Solid main event with lots of back and forth action.