The WWE Champion spared no expense in celebrating his improbable victory. See slow-motion highlights of Jinder Mahal's Punjabi Celebration from SmackDown LIVE.05/24/2017 - 00:00
The Lone Wolf shares his thoughts after brutally attacking Sami Zayn on SmackDown LIVE.05/23/2017 - 23:30
The Phenomenal One and WWE's Rockstar clash with The New Face of America and The Showoff in SmackDown LIVE's main event.05/23/2017 - 22:45
The Fashion Police get another chance to dethrone The Usos as SmackDown Tag Team Champions.05/23/2017 - 22:30
Tyler Breeze takes on Jey Uso, and Fandango battles Jimmy Uso in one-on-one competition.05/23/2017 - 22:30
Jinder Mahal throws a lavish Punjabi Celebration in honor of his WWE Championship victory at WWE Backlash.05/23/2017 - 22:15
When the SmackDown LIVE women all try to make their case for a title opportunity, Commissioner Shane McMahon announces a huge match for next week.05/23/2017 - 22:00
In a rematch from WWE Backlash, The Underdog from the Underground tries to make it two in a row against The Lone Wolf.05/23/2017 - 22:00
After Shane McMahon makes the match official, tensions rise between the participants in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.05/23/2017 - 21:30
After a crushing defeat at WWE Backlash, Breezango, SmackDown LIVE's Fashion Police, dejectedly attempt to turn in their badges to Commissioner Shane McMahon.05/23/2017 - 21:30
The Ravishing Russian is ready for her SmackDown LIVE debut.05/23/2017 - 21:30
After Sunday's heated Six-Woman Tag Team Match, Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch try to stop the "welcoming committee" on SmackDown LIVE.05/23/2017 - 21:15
The eerie Erick Rowan creeps around backstage with an unsettling mask.05/23/2017 - 19:30
Ahead of Jinder Mahal's first SmackDown LIVE as WWE Champion, The Modern-Day Maharaja's custom plates are added to the prestigious title.05/23/2017 - 19:45
A rookie Randy Orton has to take a break from his workout after Stacy Keibler stops by to wish him good luck with a kiss!05/11/2017 - 15:45
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.05/17/2017 - 11:15
The No. 1 contenders to the WWE and United States Championships clashed on SmackDown LIVE. See how the match unfolded in this thrilling-slow-motion video.05/17/2017 - 11:00
Kennedy ready to clock in at Royal Rumble
To most people, "beating the clock" may sound like a euphemism, or the literal objective of a classic TV game show. For Mr. Kennedy, it's his window of opportunity— a chance to earn his first-ever World Championship Match against Batista at this year's Royal Rumble.
"Do you realize how fast five minutes and seven seconds is?" asked Kennedy, referring to his pace-setting victory over Chris Benoit during SmackDown's Beat the Clock Sprint. "For anyone to beat that time is going to be next to impossible."
Kennedy may be right; defeating someone as established as the Rabid Wolverine in so short a time span — albeit with the help of an exposed turnbuckle — is an achievement worth bragging about. In fact, to put the speed of Kennedy's victory in everyday terms, five minutes and change could be used to do the following:
1) Watch one-twelfth of 60 Minutes;
2) Make five bowls of Minute Rice;
3) Use the bathroom (depending on which number);
4) Listen to all the good lyrics in Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds;
5) Romance yourself.
No one understands the statement made by Kennedy's five-minute, seven-second mark better than him; for once, however, he's choosing to stay silent about its significance.
"For me to tell you what I bring to the table if — when — I face Batista [in a World Championship Match]... you would have it plastered all over WWE.com, where Batista can read it. That just wouldn't be very smart."
Once again, the old adage proves true: actions speak louder than words. And over the past few months, Kennedy's accomplishments — boosted by an unbelievable upset win over Undertaker in their First Blood Match at Survivor Series last November — have screamed louder than even his amplified self-introductions in the squared circle.
"I've defeated six World Champions...six," he emphasized. "And I can guarantee that Batista will be in for the time of his life [at the Royal Rumble], since nobody's beating my time."
Asked how he can ensure none of the Beat the Clock Sprint's remaining competitors — Finlay, Matt Hardy, MVP and Undertaker -- will best his time at this Friday's edition of SmackDown, an annoyed Kennedy shoots a look that would stop any clock. "I would never do anything to keep my time on top," he said, clearly insulted by the insinuating question. "I don't have to."
That said, Mr. Kennedy's past actions haven't given WWE fans reason to take him at face value now. To truly determine whether or not this rising SmackDown Superstar has ventured into the unknown territory of playing it fair and square, WWE fans can set their watches for 8/9 CT tonight and watch SmackDown's final Beat the Clock Sprint matches on the CW Network.