WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.02/22/2017 - 13:30
John Cena, Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, The Miz, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, Kalisto, Apollo Crews, Mojo Rawley battle for the right to headline WrestleMania against WWE Champion Bray Wyatt.02/22/2017 - 00:15
Fearless Nikki gets checked out after battling The Queen of Black Harts and suffering a pipe assault courtesy of Maryse.02/21/2017 - 23:45
After Naomi was forced to relinquish the SmackDown Women's Championship, The Wicked Witch of WWE battles her longstanding adversary to become the new titleholder.02/21/2017 - 22:00
Fearless Nikki looks to rid her life of The Queen of Black Harts in a brutal Falls Count Anywhere Match.02/21/2017 - 22:00
Just nine days after realizing her lifelong dream, an injured Naomi must surrender the SmackDown Women's Title to General Manager Daniel Bryan.02/21/2017 - 21:00
See incredible slow-motion footage from the explosive SmackDown LIVE WWE Title Triple Threat Match between Bray Wyatt, John Cena and AJ Styles.02/17/2017 - 15:45
Three of SmackDown LIVE's best square off for the WWE Championship in a main event free-for-all.02/14/2017 - 22:45
Taken aback in Texas
In the span of two hours, our fans saw the entire SmackDown brand turned upside down; Edge was stripped of his World Heavyweight Title, a new World Heavyweight Champion was crowned and The Great American Bash was thrown into turmoil.
Less than an hour after SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long forced Edge to forfeit the gold due to a pectoral injury, our fans sat in shock as The Great Khali became the new World Heavyweight Champion. While The Great Khali has been a dominant force during his entire stay in WWE, no one in Laredo expected to see him hoist sports-entertainment's most cherished prize inside the Laredo Entertainment Center.
"I still can't believe what I just saw," said Laredo native Matthew Perez, who attended his first-ever WWE live event on Tuesday night. "The Great Khali is the new World Heavyweight Champion? Man, how is anyone going to stop that guy? I can honestly say that I'll never forget my first WWE show."
A lifelong Edge fan, Rob Donovan attended Raw Monday night in Corpus Christi with his buddies, and after driving nearly 150 miles to Laredo for SmackDown, they were floored by what occurred.
"After we heard about Edge's major announcement while watching Raw, we wondered what it would be," he admitted, "and we were coming up with ideas in the car. I was hoping for something awesome, like The Cutting Edge becoming a weekly segment. But man, giving up the gold he plotted so carefully to earn in the first place? Unbelievable."
"Is The Great Khali seriously the World Heavyweight Champion?" added friend Gordon Connell. "Like, please, someone tell me I'm going to wake up, that it's all just a dream, and that Edge is still World Champion."
Unfortunately for Mr. Connell, that isn't the case. But if it's any consolation, he was just another one of the thousands of WWE fans in Laredo who couldn't believe what transpired.
"Seeing Khali holding that title in the air…man, that's just scary!" exclaimed Miranda Sanchez. "He's a monster, and my 3-year-old son is afraid of him. Now that he's got the championship, he'll be even more dangerous." Her point was further punctuated simply by looking down, where young Andrew Sanchez clung to his mother's leg.
It was that kind of night in Laredo, as the SmackDown world was turned upside down. To see the turmoil and the crowning of a new World Heavyweight Champion for yourself, tune into SmackDown Friday night at 8/7 CT on The CW Network.