See slow-motion highlights of Shinsuke Nakamura & AJ Styles' battle with Kevin Owens & Dolph Ziggler from SmackDown LIVE.05/26/2017 - 14:30
The WWE Champion spared no expense in celebrating his improbable victory. See slow-motion highlights of Jinder Mahal's Punjabi Celebration from SmackDown LIVE.05/24/2017 - 00:00
The Lone Wolf shares his thoughts after brutally attacking Sami Zayn on SmackDown LIVE.05/23/2017 - 23:30
The Phenomenal One and WWE's Rockstar clash with The New Face of America and The Showoff in SmackDown LIVE's main event.05/23/2017 - 22:45
The Fashion Police get another chance to dethrone The Usos as SmackDown Tag Team Champions.05/23/2017 - 22:30
Tyler Breeze takes on Jey Uso, and Fandango battles Jimmy Uso in one-on-one competition.05/23/2017 - 22:30
Jinder Mahal throws a lavish Punjabi Celebration in honor of his WWE Championship victory at WWE Backlash.05/23/2017 - 22:15
When the SmackDown LIVE women all try to make their case for a title opportunity, Commissioner Shane McMahon announces a huge match for next week.05/23/2017 - 22:00
In a rematch from WWE Backlash, The Underdog from the Underground tries to make it two in a row against The Lone Wolf.05/23/2017 - 22:00
After Shane McMahon makes the match official, tensions rise between the participants in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.05/23/2017 - 21:30
After a crushing defeat at WWE Backlash, Breezango, SmackDown LIVE's Fashion Police, dejectedly attempt to turn in their badges to Commissioner Shane McMahon.05/23/2017 - 21:30
The Ravishing Russian is ready for her SmackDown LIVE debut.05/23/2017 - 21:30
After Sunday's heated Six-Woman Tag Team Match, Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch try to stop the "welcoming committee" on SmackDown LIVE.05/23/2017 - 21:15
The eerie Erick Rowan creeps around backstage with an unsettling mask.05/23/2017 - 19:30
Ahead of Jinder Mahal's first SmackDown LIVE as WWE Champion, The Modern-Day Maharaja's custom plates are added to the prestigious title.05/23/2017 - 19:45
A rookie Randy Orton has to take a break from his workout after Stacy Keibler stops by to wish him good luck with a kiss!05/11/2017 - 15:45
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.05/17/2017 - 11:15
Arena Report - Target Center
Tonight the SmackDown Superstars make their way to Minneapolis, Minn., home of the Target Center, a location where legends and current superstars have created many compelling sports entertainment moments.
While many arenas have been privileged to host one of WWE’s internationally viewed pay-per-views, The Target Center has been fortunate to host two. The first was 1999’s Summer Slam. The fans were greeted with a treat when then-Governor and WWE Hall of Famer, Jesse Ventura, was announced as a special guest referee in a Triple Threat WWE Championship Match between Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin and Mankind. The match began with referee Jesse Ventura immediately ejecting Chyna from ringside. Fury ensued, and in the end, Mankind was able to connect with a Double-arm DDT in the middle of the ring on Stone Cold allowing him to win the WWE Championship for the third time. Triple H, favored to win the title took out his frustration on Stone Cold, brutally assaulting him with a steel chair, while Ventura and Mankind left the ring in celebration.
The second pay-per-view rolled into Minneapolis in May 2005, allowing the Superstars of SmackDown to settle their rivalries at Judgment Day. In the main event, JBL took on John Cena in an “I Quit” match. The match was brutal- at one point Cena, sporting the proverbial crimson mask threw JBL head first into a TV screen. Standing threateningly with an exhaust pipe in hand, Cena finally caused JBL to scream the two words “I Quit”, ending the match. Or so we thought. To make sure JBL met his Judgment Day, Cena connected with the pipe, causing JBL to fly through the Judgment Day glass wall on the stage.
When brutal attacks and bloody assaults were not enough for the dedicated WWE Minnesota fans, in September of 2002, they were given the honor to witness first hand the Commitment Ceremony between Billy and Chuck; the first two men to solidify their relationship live on RAW. But, General Manager Eric Bischoff had other plans. Disguised as the minister, he had the tag team of Three Minute Warning and Rico, attack and dispose of Billy and Chuck, thus permanently ending their relationship.
The Minneapolis fans have definitely seen their fair share of memorable moments, but none will be more remembered than the Nov. 13, 2005 Tribute show, where both the RAW and SmackDown Superstars came together to celebrate the tragic passing of fellow friend, wrestler, icon and legend Eddie Guerrero.
Minnesota has churned out many WWE Superstars, both legendary and current, from Black Jack Lanza to Ventura, and Ric Flair among others. While the Center has been home to many WWE shows, the arena is also known as the home of the National Basketball Association’s Minnesota Timberwolves. Opened on Oct. 13, 1990, The Target Center took 27 months to build and cost $104 million. In 2004, the arena was renovated and more seats were added bringing its seating total to 20,500 for basketball, 19,000 – 19,500 for concerts and 17,500 for hockey. In 1994, the arena was home to the NBA All-Star Game where Most Valuable Player Scotty Pippen led the East to Victory 127 - 118 over the West.