Time stands still with a unique slow-motion look at The Leader of the Cenation's battle against The Lone Wolf last week on SmackDown LIVE.01/13/2017 - 11:30
With James Ellsworth once again at her side, The Princess of Staten Island is in action on SmackDown LIVE.01/10/2017 - 22:15
The strange association between James Ellsworth and Carmella moves to a new level as The Princess of Staten Island attempts to introduce the chinless Superstar to the best that money can buy.01/10/2017 - 22:00
The Wyatt Family looks to regain the SmackDown Tag Team Championship from new titleholders Chad Gable & Jason Jordan.01/10/2017 - 22:00
Amid weeks of controversy surrounding a mysterious La Luchadora, SmackDown LIVE's G.M. announces a history-making Steel Cage Match between Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch next week.01/10/2017 - 21:45
After Dolph Ziggler snapped on Kalisto one week ago, the masked Superstar demands a match to get payback on The Showoff.01/10/2017 - 21:30
Fearless Nikki looks to get some retribution on her Total Divas co-star Natalya for The Queen of Hearts' attack at Survivor Series and her many subsequent insults.01/10/2017 - 21:00
Time stands still with a unique slow-motion look at The Lunatic Fringe's battle to capture The A-Lister's Intercontinental Championship last week on SmackDown LIVE.01/09/2017 - 13:00
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.01/04/2017 - 12:00
WWE.com attempts to get some answers from SmackDown Women's Champion Alexa Bliss and the Luchadora that once again helped her get the best of Becky Lynch.01/04/2017 - 00:00
The Lunatic Fringe attempts to separate the A-Lister from the Intercontinental Championship in a highly-personal SmackDown LIVE main event.01/03/2017 - 23:00
The new SmackDown Tag Team Champions go head-to-head with Tyler Breeze and Fandango.01/03/2017 - 22:45
Night of chance?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- For World Heavyweight Champion Edge, Friday night ended with a great view of Batista, as The Animal stood over the incumbent title holder, raising two fingers to signal a two-day countdown to Vengeance: Night of Champions. After what had just transpired in the Charlotte Bobcats Arena when Batista and Ric Flair earned a tag team victory over Edge & Montel Vontavious Porter, The Animal had every reason to consider himself two days away from reclaiming the gold.
It was Edge's own show that led to Theodore Long and Vickie Guerrero scheduling the tag team main event. After The Cutting Edge's host suggested Torrie Wilson as a prime suspect for Mr. McMahon's limo explosion, Ric Flair quickly came to her aid. When Montel Vontavious Porter joined to help the Rated-R Superstar with Flair, Batista rushed into the ring and chased the two champions out.
Despite taking control early in the match, Edge & MVP found themselves disarrayed in the night's waning moments. Just as a four-way brawl ensued, the "Nature Boy" cast MVP out of the ring, leaving Batista to surprise a running Edge with a spinebuster, followed by a Batista Bomb and a cover. (WATCH)
Batista has been counting down the minutes to Vengeance: Night of Champions. The pay-per-view marks his last chance at the gold. If he doesn't regain the championship that he continues to insist belongs to him, Batista will have to wait until somebody other than Edge reigns as World Heavyweight Champion before he can get another opportunity.
In many sports, athletes often talk of a curse that comes with third meetings. A team will beat their rivals twice, only to lose to them in the playoffs. If that curse rings true for WWE, luck is on The Animal's side. Judging from the tag team victory on SmackDown, however, luck is not something Batista needs. The two-time World Heavyweight Champion looked ready to gain another term with the title, which in his mind is simply a matter of time.
Edge may not have had his best night on Friday, but he has been dubbed the Ultimate Opportunist for a reason. On Sunday, he has the opportunity to get Batista off of his back for good. Can he follow through?
For Flair, the SmackDown tag match was a little bit of retribution. The 16-time World Champion has left the presence of one disrespectful Superstar in Carlito only to run into another brazen, young Superstar in MVP. The true chance for vengeance, though, comes Sunday night when Flair looks to add taking MVP's United States Championship to his seemingly infinite list of accomplishments.
Batista & Flair were two-time World Tag Team Champions together. On SmackDown, they looked every bit the part, but the question remains, can that translate into a new World Heavyweight Champion and a new United States Champion? As Batista told Edge with his gesturing on SmackDown, we will find out Sunday on Vengeance: Night of Champions at 8/7 CT on pay-per-view.