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
Fit to be Crowned
At Judgment Day, Booker T defeated Bobby Lashley to win the 2006 King of the Ring tournament. This Friday night on SmackDown, the new monarch will take the throne for his official coronation. And if history is any indication, it's going to be quite the spectacle.
You see, when it comes to coronations in WWE, things sometimes don't always go as planned. There are times, like in 1996, when a coronation sets the stage for the beginning of something huge. When Stone Cold Steve Austin won the King of the Ring tournament that year, his coronation speech spawned both a biblical phenomenon and one of the most notorious catchphrases in WWE history.
Addressing Jake Roberts, the man he defeated in the finals, Austin said, "You thump your bible, talk about your John 3:16…well Austin 3:16 says that I just whipped your ass. When I get the chance, you're looking at the next WWE Champion, and that's the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so."
Take that against 1993, when Bret Hart defeated Bam Bam Bigelow to win the King of the Ring tournament. Jerry Lawler, who considered himself to be the only true King in WWE, attacked the "Hit Man" as he received his royal rewards. Lawler blindsided Bret, breaking the royal scepter over the WWE Hall of Famer's back. The attack led to a huge rivalry between the two in the summer of 1993, which Bret eventually got the better of.
Even before his own coronation, Booker T has made his first royal decree: he shall now be known solely as "King Booker." Earlier this week, when I caught up with Booker to talk about his coronation, I made the mistake of addressing him as Booker. He quickly corrected me, saying "Excuse me, give me my just due and respect! From now on, to you and everyone else, I am King Booker!"
Once I addressed him correctly, I tried to find out what the fans can expect from King Booker's coronation this Friday night. "Oh man, it's going to be a spectacle, a real extravaganza," he said. "Friday night will be something to remember. There hasn't been a great King since Randy Savage and the lovely Queen Sherri walked that aisle. The fans have paved a path of gold for King Booker, and people will remember where they were when King Booker took his rightful throne."
Of course, just because you're the King in WWE, that doesn't always mean you get the respect you deserve. At WrestleMania III in 1987, Junkyard Dog took on then-King Harley Race. JYD lost, and the stipulation stated that he must bow in front of the King. Well, the Dog had other ideas, and ended up crowning Race with a chair to the head.
The "last great King" that King Booker mentioned, "Macho King" Randy Savage, felt the disrespect as well. However, he did something about it. In 1991, then-WWE Champion Ultimate Warrior refused to give Savage an opportunity at the gold. Taking matters into his own hands, Savage later smashed his scepter over Warrior's head, causing him to lose the WWE Championship to Sgt. Slaughter at the 1991 Royal Rumble. While that was obviously bad for Warrior, it ended up being good for the fans, because the incident led to the classic Retirement Match between Savage and Warrior at WrestleMania VII.
So if Savage was a great King, what kind of monarch will King Booker be? "The fans are my loyal subjects, so I must give them their respect," he said, "because that's the kind of King I am. I'm a gracious and passionate King, and don't you forget it….SUCKA!"