Watch slow-motion footage from SmackDown LIVE and see why WWE Champion Jinder Mahal has to keep his head on a swivel at all times.06/22/2017 - 11:15
After defeating Chad Gable in his New Face of America Open Challenge, Kevin Owens claims no one will take his United States Title.06/20/2017 - 23:45
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal battles Luke Harper while keeping an eye out for Mr. Money in the Bank, Baron Corbin, and a furious Randy Orton.06/20/2017 - 23:00
After much deliberation, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan reveals his decision on how to solve the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match controversy.06/20/2017 - 22:30
SmackDown LIVE's newest couple want the world to bear witness to their incredible love.06/20/2017 - 22:15
Kevin Owens issues a New Face of America Open Challenge, which is answered by one-half of American Alpha.06/20/2017 - 22:00
The King of Strong Style and The Showoff continue their rivalry in a thrilling contest on the blue brand.06/20/2017 - 21:45
As Daniel Bryan mulls what to do about the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Becky Lynch urges SmackDown LIVE's General Manager to make the right choice.06/20/2017 - 21:15
Two days after the SmackDown Tag Team Title Match ended with The Usos retreating, The New Day's Big E and Jimmy Uso square off in a hard-hitting singles competition.06/20/2017 - 21:00
Daniel Bryan is confronted by Natalya and Tamina, who want answers regarding the Women's Money in the Bank controversy.06/20/2017 - 20:45
The Princess of Staten Island and James Ellsworth show no remorse for their actions during the historic Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match.06/20/2017 - 20:45
The Queen makes her case to Daniel Bryan about why the women of SmackDown LIVE deserve better than the outcome of the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match.06/20/2017 - 20:45
See how The Viper stunned WWE Champion Jinder Mahal with a surprise RKO on SmackDown LIVE in this slow-motion video.06/14/2017 - 18:00
Hell week continues for Mysterio
Rey Mysterio has had a hellacious last couple of months. He has had to endure beatings from the likes of Mark Henry, The Great Khali, Kane, JBL and Kurt Angle, but it just keeps getting worse for Mysterio. He already had to face Rob Van Dam Wednesday at WWE vs. ECW Head to Head, and just days before defending his World Championship against the homicidal, suicidal, genocidal, death-defying maniac Sabu at ECW One Night Stand, Mysterio will have to face the rough and tough Finlay in a non-title match tonight on SmackDown. What kind of shape is Rey in after his battle against RVD, and what kind of shape will the World Champ be in after Finlay is done with him? Will Rey even make it to One Night Stand?
Finlay certainly has some interesting ideas on what he’d like to do to the World Champion tonight on SmackDown.
“I’m going to take Rey on a journey that he’s never been on before,” said the fighting Irishman. “I’ve wrestled Rey Mysterio before, and I’m going to take him on a journey; I’m going to take him on a mystery tour. I’m going to rip his head off and stick it where the sun don’t shine.”
If Finlay is able to accomplish his violent goals, one would have to think that he would have to be one of the odds on favorites to get a World Championship opportunity in the near future – something Finlay believes he deserves.
“I don’t think it takes me beating Rey Mysterio to deserve a Championship opportunity. I am a competitor, and I can take anybody out at any given time. Just like anybody can be beaten at any given time, I deserved it 20 years ago, not just today.”
Although this has been yet another hellacious week for the champion, Mysterio is not shying away from having to face Finlay tonight.
“I’ve wrestled Finlay before, and he brings out the best in me,” said Mysterio. “There’s a side of him that wants to go out there and tear me apart, but there’s also a side of me that wants to go out there and defend my right of being the World Champions – my right of what I am in the ring. Even when Finlay made his debut on SmackDown, we were all stepping back because we know how tough he is. We respect him for what he’s done, and I just have to go out there and prove to myself and to the fans hat I can stand up for myself and I can beat Finlay.”
The fact that Mysterio has endured so much punishment over the last couple of months means nothing to Finlay. The fighting Irishman has no compassion for the World Champion.
“This is not a ballet. This is a fight game. I don’t care how many battles he’s been through. I’ve been through battles just like everybody else here. Another battle is just another day, and I’m going to kick his head off.”
Not only has Mysterio endured serious physical punishment as of late, but he also has to be mentally worn out. The World Champion also has a big decision to make. As WWE.com reported earlier this week, ECW’s Paul Heyman has offered the World Champion the opportunity to jump ship to the new ECW. When asked by WWE.com about his decision, Mysterio declined to comment, but did say that he would have an answer tonight on SmackDown.
How will Mysterio hold up as his hell week continues? Can he overcome the bruising Finlay? And will he even be a SmackDown Superstar anymore when the night is over? Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown tonight at 8/7 CT on UPN to find out.