Randy Orton gets more than he bargained for, and the landscape of the SmackDown Women's division gets irreparably altered on an unforgettable SmackDown LIVE.04/26/2017 - 13:45
Tyler Breeze & Fandango are over the moon after winning the first-ever Tag Team Beat the Clock Challenge to earn a SmackDown Tag Team Title opportunity.04/25/2017 - 22:30
Can one of these teams beat the time set by American Alpha to earn a SmackDown Tag Team Title opportunity?04/25/2017 - 22:30
Just days before his House of Horrors Match with Bray Wyatt, WWE Champion Randy Orton brawls with Erick Rowan in a No Disqualification Match.04/25/2017 - 22:00
After a brutal match with Erick Rowan, Randy Orton is attacked by Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers, who leave with The Viper's coveted title in tow.04/25/2017 - 22:00
The blonde bombshell is ready to dance her way to Tuesday nights in the very near future.04/25/2017 - 21:45
See what lies ahead for Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt in their House of Horrors Match at WWE Payback this Sunday.04/25/2017 - 21:45
In the first-ever Tag Team Beat the Clock Challenge, American Alpha and The Colons try to set the bar with the fastest time.04/25/2017 - 21:45
Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods are ready to embark on a quest to make sure SmackDown isn't booty.04/25/2017 - 21:15
After being sent to SmackDown LIVE in the Superstar Shake-up, Rusev refuses to compete for Team Blue unless he receives a WWE Championship Match at Money in the Bank on June 18.04/25/2017 - 21:15
In a rematch of last week's main event, AJ Styles and Baron Corbin square off, as United States Champion Kevin Owens again watches from ringside.04/25/2017 - 21:00
Jason Jordan & Chad Gable recall their quickest victories in amateur wrestling ahead of tonight's Tag Team Beat the Clock Challenge on SmackDown LIVE.04/25/2017 - 18:30
Years before becoming No. 1 contender to the WWE Title, Jinder Mahal gave the WWE Universe a shocking first impression.04/20/2017 - 16:00
Angle hopes to go out with a bang
The entire world of sports-entertainment was shaken up in a huge way Monday night when it was revealed that Kurt Angle would be leaving SmackDown to go to the new ECW. Paul Heyman used his one and only SmackDown draft pick on the Wrestling Machine because he said Angle embodies the new vision of ECW. While that may be the case, over the years, Angle has certainly been one of the most influential Superstars in SmackDown history. That will all come to an end this Friday night, when Angle faces long-time friend and oftentimes opponent, World Champion Rey Mysterio, in his SmackDown farewell match.
Mysterio and Angle have had countless classics over the years, and Mysterio is happy to be doing it one last time on SmackDown.
“I am more than happy to have Kurt Angle’s farewell match now that he’s jumping on board with ECW. I’ve given him a lot of battles in the ring, and I have to say that I am lucky to face Kurt for the last time,” said Mysterio. “Who knows if it will be the last time for good, but it will be the last time on SmackDown.”
Some people might want a nice easy match for their farewell to ensure they go out on a high note. But not Angle. The Wrestling Machine actually requested he go one on one with SmackDown’s top Superstar for his farewell match.
“I was asked who I would want to wrestle, and I think that Rey Mysterio has proven himself to be the best wrestler on the SmackDown roster,” said Angle. “I believe Rey and I have great chemistry. We’ve had some barnburners in the past, and I believe this one will be the biggest of them all because Kurt Angle wants to go out with a bang.”
Having had so many great matches with each other in the past, it could be hard to live up to the expectations heading into what should be another instant classic. But that’s not something Mysterio is worried about.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that we can have another classic,” said Mysterio. “I don’t think there’s a doubt in Kurt’s mind that he’s willing to go out there and tear the house down. SummerSlam (2002) was my first pay-per-view here, and I wrestled Kurt Angle, and now after four years for me, it’s a great honor for me to be in the ring against him again.”
Regardless of the outcome of the match, Mysterio is going to miss the Wrestling Machine once he’s gone.
“It’s going to be sad to see him go personally because I’ve had great battles with him, and I love being in the ring with competition, and Kurt brings a lot of competition,” said Mysterio.
While Angle is very excited for his farewell match this Friday night, the Wrestling Machine is also excited to start a new chapter of his career in the new ECW.
“When I go to ECW, I’m going to dominate there way more than I’ve dominated anywhere else because I’m going in with a new attitude,” said Angle. “In ECW, they want to get rough and tough, and they want to use things to try and hurt Kurt and break his ankle and break his neck. Well, they’re going to find out that they’re the ones who are going to get their necks broken by suplexes and they’re going to get their ankles broken by my ankle lock.”
Angle may be breaking necks and ankles in the new ECW in the very near future, but one thing is for certain. He will face Rey Mysterio in his SmackDown farewell match this Friday. Don’t miss what will surely be an instant classic on Friday Night SmackDown at 8/7 CT on UPN.