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The King of Strong Style and The Viper combine forces to combat the newly reunited Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in SmackDown LIVE's thrilling main event.10/17/2017 - 23:15
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal calls out Universal Champion Brock Lesnar of Raw for a Champion vs. Champion showdown at WWE Survivor Series, only for AJ Styles to interrupt.10/17/2017 - 23:15
The Glorious One and The Showoff clash in a rematch from WWE Hell in a Cell.10/17/2017 - 23:00
The New Day find themselves face-to-face with Rusev and Aiden English.10/17/2017 - 22:30
Dasha Fuentes catches up with Sin Cara following his count-out victory over United States Champion Baron Corbin, and gets his thoughts on WWE's upcoming tour of Latin America.10/17/2017 - 22:30
Will Tyler Breeze & Fandango befriend The Ascension as they continue to search for clues?10/17/2017 - 22:30
Where Luke Harper & Erick Rowan go, destruction follows.10/17/2017 - 22:00
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos come face-to-face with their next challengers, Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin.10/17/2017 - 21:45
The Lone Wolf mocks the WWE Universe, which ends up costing him against Sin Cara.10/17/2017 - 21:30
Sami Zayn and KO belittle SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan, only to find themselves placed in a monumental tag team match.10/17/2017 - 21:30
The SmackDown LIVE women's division squares off in a Six-Woman Tag Team showdown.10/17/2017 - 21:15
Renee Young attempts to get a word with WWE Champion Jinder Mahal about his upcoming Survivor Series announcement, but is cut off by The Singh Brothers.10/17/2017 - 20:00
Chuck Palumbo's debut reflects Superstar's passion
DALLAS -- The shiny black and chrome chopper roared to ringside as Chuck Palumbo made his SmackDown debut Friday night.
For the 10-year ring veteran, it was the most comfortable he's ever been. The Superstar has built a successful side career constructing custom choppers, and has a passion for the American motorcycle lifestyle.
"It's not a gimmick. I ride every day," Palumbo told WWE.com. "My week consists of working on bikes two or three days a week, then I go back on the road. In the meantime, I'm riding on trips to Sturgis, to Vegas and so on."
Our fans might wonder where the 6-foot-7 Superstar has been as of late. Palumbo is a three-time WCW Tag Team Champion and won the WWE World Tag Team Championship in 2002.
He's been a part of memorable teams over the years, including the Full Blooded Italians (F.B.I.) and teaming with Billy Gunn as the controversial team of "Billy and Chuck." Palumbo left WWE in 2004 and competed in Japan, Mexico and Italy before returning to WWE in 2006. In his spare time, he rode and worked on choppers.
"Wrestling has been my life-long passion. I love wrestling," Palumbo said. "But motorcycles are something else. When I need to get my mind off the business, I'll grab a wrench or light a torch and get a weld going."
Not only is Palumbo looking to make his mark in the WWE ring, he's also hoping to make an impression in the motorcycle industry as well. In April's edition of American Iron Magazine, a Palumbo-made chopper was featured on the cover.
He finds similarities in both of his chosen careers. "Wrestling is an art form, building motorcycles is an art form. You have to have a vision of what the end product is going to look like, then craft it with your hands," Palumbo said.
The Superstar owns four choppers, and has built four others so far, each taking six to 12 weeks to build. But he hopes he builds up his following in WWE as he competes on SmackDown, chasing championship gold while having fun at the same time.
"Most guys say I'm really reserved. But when I get on the bike, it kicks in an adrenaline rush and then I become a different person," Palumbo said. "I always tell all the guys I'm doing two of the greatest things I can do: I get to wrestle and ride motorcycles all in the same night."