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
Ready for anything
Ever since Lashley debuted on SmackDown last September, he has been a dominant force. It's undeniable that the hard-hitting, soft-spoken Lashley has all of the tools to eventually become one of the elite Superstars in WWE. Friday night, Lashley has the opportunity to get one step closer to elite status, when he takes on Finlay in the King of the Ring semifinals.
Winning the King of the Ring has been historically significant for several WWE Superstars. It helped launch the careers of such greats as Bret "Hit Man" Hart, Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin. The young Lashley is well aware of what this could mean for his career.
"It would be a huge stepping stone for me," Lashley told WWE.com from the locker room area at SmackDown. "I think winning this match and going to the finals of the King of the Ring Tournament would be a big boost for my career. Losing this match would be a setback, but I don't think about losing because losing is not an option for me right now."
During his relatively short time on SmackDown, Lashley has steamrolled much of the competition he has seen. But Finlay has been a different story. Lashley has a long history with his King of the Ring opponent. In fact, it was Finlay who helped JBL end Lashley's undefeated streak at No Way Out. They have had several brawls over the last couple of months as well, including a parking lot melee which saw Lashley use his almost superhuman-like strength to overturn a car. But through it all, Lashley has never recorded a win against Finlay. Earlier today Finlay told WWE.com that he thinks he's in Lashley's head, but the SmackDown powerhouse disagrees.
"He's not in my head at all because Finlay has never beaten me. He's cheated every time," said Lashley. "I had a clear victory against him several times, and he's pulled out that shillelagh. Tonight I just have to keep my eyes open and be more aware of what's going on in the ring, and I'm sure that I'll beat him."
If Lashley can finally overcome Finlay, he would meet up with Booker T in the finals at Judgment Day. Booker T has been saying for weeks that it's just a matter of time before he becomes "King Booker". And, since Kurt Angle had to withdraw from the tournament due to injury, it gave Booker T a bye. So, the five-time WCW Champion will be well-rested for the King of the Ring finals. Booker T has never even mentioned Lashley as a threat to the throne. But Lashley said that Booker will be in for a rude awakening if they meet up at Judgment Day.
"He hasn't given me any respect at all. Every time he talks about the King of the Ring Tournament, he doesn't even mention my name," said Lashley. "He's hoping that I'm not in the equation. He's hoping that he can go against the people he's already challenged because he knows he can't defeat me. So, if I win this match tonight and move on to Judgment Day, it will be a match like no other."
Can Lashley finally overcome Finlay? Or is the fighting Irishman really in the powerhouse's head? Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown at 8/7 CT on UPN to find out.
Look back at the history between Lashley and Finlay