Wade Barrett names the group The Core. They even have a new video put together. Big Zeke talks, then Heath Slater, then Justin Gabriel. Theodore Long comes out and interrupts to lay down the law.
Del Rio comes out & tells the Core he's going to win the Royal Rumble. He's facing R-Truth.
(1) Alberto Del Rio beat R-Truth via submission. During the match, the Jumbotron cuts to Teddy Long unconscious in the back with Michael Tarver, Vickie Guerrero, and Dolph Ziggler checking on him. R-Truth dominates most of the match. They cut to the Jumbotron and Long is being wheeled out on a stretcher. The match evens out. Truth back in control and Del Rio's announcer gets involved again. Del Rio takes advantage catching Truth's arms in the ropes to apply his finishing submission move. Truth taps.
(2) Beth Phoenix beat Layla. Phoenix dominated and won with the Glam Slam.
Vickie goes into her office to see the Core waiting on her. She then announces that one of the Core will face Edge tonight.
(3) Rey Mysterio beat Cody Rhodes. High-flying back & forth match. Mysterio hits the 619 and wins. Rhodes receives medical attention with a "bloody nose."
The Miz & Alex Riley interrupt an update on Teddy Long. Awesome.
Next match is an exhibition with actual wrestling between Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger.
(4) Jack Swagger beat IC champion Kofi Kingston 10-6 in an amateur wrestling match. Swagger wins, then attacks Kofi, but Kofi hits Swagger with Trouble in Paradise.
(5) Drew McIntyre beat Trent Barreta. Drew dominates and wins. After winning, he tries to shake Barreta's hand to bury the hatchet, but Barreta hits McIntyre, infuriating him. When McIntyre is about to hit his finisher on Barreta, Kelly Kelly came out to save Barreta.
WWE champion The Miz comes out talking about Raw when he attacked Randy Orton. He's interrupted by Edge to build heat for the champion vs. champion match on Monday.
(6) Justin Gabriel beat World Heavyweight Champion Edge in a non-title match. Dolph Ziggler is special guest commentator. Gabriel wins with some interference from the Core, then they pummel Edge. Smackdown ends with Ziggler standing with one foot on top of Edge.
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