Fearless Nikki offers a first-look at her custom kicks for The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/22/2017 - 01:00
Things turn volatile between Shane-O-Mac and "The Face That Runs the Place" en route to their clash at The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/21/2017 - 23:00
Jimmy and Jey Uso make it clear that they've told everyone they were the best tag team from day one, and against American Alpha, they proved it.03/21/2017 - 22:45
The A-Lister and his bride claim to have unearthed supposed never-before-seen footage of Total Bellas.03/21/2017 - 22:45
With his girlfriend and WrestleMania partner Nikki Bella in his corner, The Leader of The Cenation takes on one half of Breezango.03/21/2017 - 22:45
Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose sticks a fork(lift) into The Lone Wolf's first-ever match against The Viper.03/21/2017 - 22:00
Armed with new power from Sister Abigail, The New Face of Fear and his followers trap The Viper.03/21/2017 - 22:00
Following The Usos' non-title victory one week ago, Chad Gable & Jason Jordan go to war with their longstanding rivals for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.03/21/2017 - 21:30
The A-Lister and his bride claim to have unearthed supposed never-before-seen footage of Total Bellas.03/21/2017 - 21:30
The "Face That Runs the Place" plans to run through Shane McMahon at The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/21/2017 - 21:00
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.03/15/2017 - 13:15
Refusing to give in following AJ Styles' vicious attack, Shane McMahon announces a startling match for The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/14/2017 - 22:30
Weeks after The Viper burned down the Wyatt Family Compound, The New Fear of Fear returns more powerful than ever.03/14/2017 - 22:15
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.