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
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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
No, we're not counting a pinfall -- that's World Heavyweight Champion Undertaker's record against Batista over the last 13 months.
Friday on SmackDown, it's do-or-die time for The Phenom, as he goes one-on-one with The Animal for the World Heavyweight Championship. It's the proverbial game seven of their series -- with the Rated-R Superstar, Edge, lurking in the next round at Backlash.
But before Edge finds out who he will face this Sunday, he -- as well as the WWE Fan Nation -- will witness another chapter in the epic war between Batista and Undertaker. Six times in 13 months, these two have torn down the house in a war that began on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
At last year's WrestleMania, Batista walked into Detroit's Ford Field as World Heavyweight Champion -- but Undertaker walked out with the gold. That night, The Phenom won their first meeting, dropping The Animal with a Tombstone Piledriver to claim the title, run his WrestleMania streak to 15-0 and go one-up on Batista.
Over the next six weeks, they would battle twice more -- once in a brutal Last Man Standing Match at last year's Backlash, then in a SmackDown Steel Cage showdown -- with neither man able to defeat the other. But when Undertaker suffered a torn biceps thanks to a post-Steel Cage Match attack from Mark Henry, Edge swooped in to steal the gold, effectively tabling the epic Undertaker-Batista series.
Flash-forward to Cyber Sunday. On a cold late-October night, Batista finally exorcised his demon. With "Stone Cold" Steve Austin serving as fan-appointed guest referee, The Animal -- who had once again won the World Heavyweight Championship during Undertaker's injury hiatus -- successfully defended the gold against The Phenom and evened the score.
They would have another rematch, this time at Survivor Series inside the most demonic structure in WWE -- Hell in a Cell. Again, it would be Batista who came out on top, as Edge -- who was making his own re-emergence after a four-month injury layoff -- cost Undertaker his chance to regain the gold.
Since then, Undertaker and Batista have come face-to-face a few more times; both men were involved in the Armageddon Triple Threat Match where Edge regained the World Heavyweight Championship, and The Phenom and The Animal were also the last two men in the No Way Out Elimination Chamber Match that saw Undertaker officially punch his WrestleMania ticket. Then, there was just last week, as both Superstars were counted out in their sixth official singles scrap.
But that match was non-title, and it didn't have the specter of the main event of Backlash hanging in the balance -- at least for Batista. This Friday, that will all be there. As of now, Undertaker will defend the gold against Edge this Sunday, while Batista is set to battle Shawn Michaels. But, if The Animal can score his third win over The Deadman, it will be Undertaker who's left out in the cold at Backlash.
Batista and Undertaker know each other very well -- almost too well, one might surmise, which should make for a hard-hitting human chess game come Friday night. But which one will put the other in checkmate and punch their golden ticket to Baltimore?