With the help of Fearless Nikki, Sophia Grace explodes on the scene with a very unique introduction to the WWE Universe.12/06/2016 - 23:30
The new SmackDown Women's Champion gets an uninvited guest at her title celebration in the form of The Irish Lass Kicker.12/06/2016 - 22:30
After a verbal altercation between Breezango and American Alpha earlier in the night, Chad Gable battles an insulted Tyler Breeze.12/06/2016 - 22:15
Days after their brutal Chairs Match at WWE TLC, The Lone Wolf once again squares off against Kalisto.12/06/2016 - 22:00
Excited about her new single "Hollywood," due out this January and featuring several female Superstars in her music video, Sophia Grace throws her support behind Fearless Nikki.12/06/2016 - 21:45
Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley go head-to-head against Konnor & Viktor in a SmackDown LIVE tag team showdown.12/06/2016 - 21:45
See what happened on SmackDown LIVE after The Princess of Staten Island accused Natalya of being Nikki Bella's mysterious attacker at Survivor Series.12/06/2016 - 21:15
Beauty & The Man Beast look to reclaim the SmackDown Tag Team Championship from The New Wyatt Family in a WWE TLC rematch. Teaser: Beauty & The Man Beast look for another fairytale ending in SmackDown Tag Team rematch.12/06/2016 - 21:00
Following Ellsworth's betrayal of Dean Ambrose at WWE TLC, The Lunatic Fringe dishes out some payback on the chinless Superstar.12/06/2016 - 21:00
The Beast Incarnate cramps Kurt Angle's style in a backstage encounter with an admirer of The Olympic Hero.12/01/2016 - 10:45
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.11/30/2016 - 12:30
The Wicked Witch of WWE doesn't just want to capture the SmackDown Women's Title in her Tables Match against Becky Lynch at WWE TLC, she wants to embarrass her beyond words.11/29/2016 - 23:30
Jason Jordan & Chad Gable take on The New Wyatt Family to see who will earn the right to face SmackDown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno at WWE TLC.11/29/2016 - 22:30
The Lunatic fringe does not wish to wait for WWE TLC to get his hands on "The Champ that Runs the Camp."11/29/2016 - 22:30
The Princess of Staten Island is more determined than ever to make Nikki Bella suffer in their No Disqualification Match at WWE TLC this Sunday.11/29/2016 - 22:15
A colossal Undertaking
BOSTON -- SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero has made Undertaker's road to Backlash a bumpy one. But after taking down the corn-fed colossus, Festus -- for the moment, anyway -- The Phenom's navigation of that road remains picture-perfect.
The match, which was first announced in a WWE Mobile on AT&T Exclusive video, was quite a compelling one. Sure, Undertaker is the reigning World Heavyweight Champion and one of the greatest WWE Superstars ever, but Festus is one of the most unorthodox Superstars WWE has ever seen. Not only is he big, burly and brutal, but when he transforms from stoic to spastic when the bell rings, no one -- perhaps not even Festus -- is truly aware of how dangerous he can be.
Undertaker discovered that first-hand, however. While Jesse was concerned before the match that Festus might not know what he was getting into, the corn-fed colossus took it right to The Deadman from the opening bell. As Michael Cole noted on commentary, it was perhaps better if Festus was unaware of the magnitude of the situation.
Festus gave The Phenom everything he had, but in the end, Undertaker's experience and ring savvy propelled him to victory. When the corn-fed colossus accidentally ran into referee Charles Robinson, The Deadman tried to seize the opportunity and nail his opponent with a chokeslam. Instead, Festus wriggled free and dropped the champion with a vicious kick.
Jesse screamed at Festus to stay on The Phenom, but as he approached, Undertaker sat up and grabbed the big man's hand -- trapping him in his vicious choke submission hold in the process. The referee was still down, but Festus showed no signs of tapping out. Whether he didn't know the situation or just refused to quit, the corn-fed colossus lasted longer in Undertaker's vicious hold without tapping than anyone has to date. Eventually, with the big man on the verge of potential injury, referee Jim Korderas sprinted to the ring and called for the bell, giving Undertaker the victory. Immediately, as the freshly-finished Festus returned to his stoic state upon the final bell ringing, Jesse scooted into the ring to make sure his big buddy suffered no further harm -- from The Phenom or anyone else.
To say that Festus was a major roadblock on Undertaker's path to Backlash would be an understatement; the burly big man gave The Phenom all he could handle, and wasn't easy to put away. However, in the back of his mind, the World Heavyweight Champion has to know that his brother Kane -- whom he faced two weeks ago -- and the ethanol-fueled Festus won't be the only speed bumps en route to his Backlash battle with Edge.
In the immediate future, Undertaker and Kane will stand united Tuesday night for the first time ever on ECW on Sci Fi. What will come next as the Brothers of Destruction head toward separate collision courses with Edge & Chavo Guerrero on April 27?