WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.06/28/2017 - 12:30
Cathy Kelley previews tonight's NXT Women's Championship brawl between Asuka and Nikki Cross, checks in with the newly returned Ember Moon and celebrates the NXT arrival of Mauro Ranallo on the premiere of NXT Insider.06/28/2017 - 10:45
Get a new perspective on the Coquina Clutch that nearly put The Beast Incarnate to sleep during the June 26, 2017, edition of Raw.06/27/2017 - 16:30
Will The Underdog from the Underground continue have Mr. Money in the Bank's number in this one-on-one battle?06/27/2017 - 23:15
Dasha Fuentes attempts to get a word with The Ravishing Russian after her quick loss to SmackDown Women's Champion Naomi, but Lana is not in the mood to talk.06/27/2017 - 22:45
A furious Randy Orton holds SmackDown LIVE hostage until he gets a title rematch with Jinder Mahal. The Viper gets his wish, but the WWE Champion gets to choose a stipulation.06/27/2017 - 22:15
After Kevin Owens refuses to face AJ Styles in his New Face of America Open Challenge, SmackDown General Manager Daniel Bryan makes a huge match with championship implications for next week.06/27/2017 - 22:00
Mike & Maria Kanellis ask the WWE Universe to embrace the power of love, only for the cord to be cut by Sami Zayn.06/27/2017 - 21:45
Can The Ravishing Russian prove herself and dethrone Naomi as SmackDown Women's Champion?06/27/2017 - 21:45
Happy Birthday to "The Greatest"
WWE.com wishes a happy 65th birthday to a man who is truly "The Greatest" — boxing's living legend, Muhammad Ali. Born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. on Jan. 17, 1942, the three-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Olympic gold medalist was regarded by both opponents and the media as a brash, self-promoting pugilist who could "float like a butterfly and sting like a bee." WWE fans, however, remember Ali on this day for his other contributions within the squared circle — specifically, those of the sports-entertainment variety — as well as outside accomplishments that made him an inspiration to millions of people around the world.
Ali's first WWE foray occurred in the spring of 1976, weeks before his upcoming Boxer vs. Wrestler exhibition in Japan against Antonio Inoki. He had interrupted a contest between WWE Hall of Famers Baron Mikel Scicluna and the late Gorilla Monsoon, who responded to "The Greatest's" taunts by hoisting him into an Airplane Spin, then slamming him to the mat. Weeks later, Ali's match with Inoki would result in a 15-round draw that disappointed spectators attending the Budokan in Tokyo, as well as the 32,000 watching the contest on closed-circuit television in Queens, N.Y.'s Shea Stadium. Nevertheless, both sides gained worldwide attention from the event, which welcomed new fans everywhere to each profession.
By 1985, despite being four years retired from the sport of boxing (he hung up his gloves with a career 56-5 record, with 37 knockouts), Ali was still making sports-entertainment history — this time in the very arena where he suffered his first professional loss to Joe Frazier (March 1971's "Fight of the Century"). He returned to New York City's Madison Square Garden as the guest official for the inaugural WrestleMania's main event between Hulk Hogan & Mr. T and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper & "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff. The sold-out venue treated Ali as he so richly deserved, with standing ovations and cheers that forever acknowledged him in their hearts as "The Greatest."
Books and film have already documented Ali's legendary boxing career (most notably, October 1974's "Rumble in the Jungle" in Kinshasa, Zaire, with then-champion George Foreman), his personal struggles (his outspoken Muslim beliefs, plus refusing to serve in the United States Army during the Vietnam War), his ongoing battle with Parkinson's disease, and his worldwide humanitarian endeavors ad infinitum. Today WWE.com simply wishes to extend its thanks to a tireless advocate in the ways of peace, education and respect for one's fellow man, and many happy returns.