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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 November 28)
* A Survivor Series video package is shown as SmackDown opens. Vickie Guerrero is in the ring. She welcomes the new WWE Champion, Edge. Edge’s music hits and he comes to the ring. Security is lining the entrance ramp.
Edge gets on the mic and rants about Jeff Hardy. Jeff comes out and attempt to attack Edge but security stops him. Vladimir Kozlov comes to the ring. Vickie Guerrero announces three beat-the-clock matches.
* Jeff Hardy b. The Brian Kendrick in a beat-the-clock match.
– Jeff gets the win with a swanton bomb at 12 minutes 13 seconds.
* Matt Hardy vs. Vladimir Kozlov & Triple H vs. Shelton Benjamin in beat-the-clock matches are announced for later tonight.
* Matt Hardy is backstage saying hes going to do whatever it takes for Jeff to win the gold.
* A Six-Diva tag match is up next.
* Michelle McCool, & The Bella Twins b. Maryse, Natalya, & Victoria
– Brie Bella clotheslines Michelle McCool and Maryse got the win via pinfall. Marie comes out to ringside and slaps Michelle.
* A John Cena video package highlighting his match against Kane on next week’s Raw is shown.
* A Tribute to the Troops video package is shown.
* Matt Hardy vs. Vladimir Kozlov
– Vladimir Kozlov doesn’t beat the clock; therefore Hardy still stands.
* Jesse & Festus b. The Miz & John Morrison
– During the match The Miz & John Morrison steal the bell and ring it. The match gets thrown out. After the match The Miz & John Morrison make fun of Festus using the bell.
* Ken Kennedy interviews Triple H backstage. Hunter says he’ll beat Shelton in 12:13.
* Triple H vs. Shelton Benjamin in a beat-the-clock main event
– Shelton begins the match running around the ring scared. Triple H hits a spinebuster followed by a reverse pedigree. The referee is knocked out. Hunter connects with a pedigree, wakes up the referee, and pins Shelton. Referee Charles Robinson comes out and says he didn’t get the three-count. They show a replay. Justin Roberts comes out and announces a tie. Hunter and Shelton Benjamin stare each other down.