Fearless Nikki offers a first-look at her custom kicks for The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/22/2017 - 01:00
Things turn volatile between Shane-O-Mac and "The Face That Runs the Place" en route to their clash at The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/21/2017 - 23:00
Jimmy and Jey Uso make it clear that they've told everyone they were the best tag team from day one, and against American Alpha, they proved it.03/21/2017 - 22:45
The A-Lister and his bride claim to have unearthed supposed never-before-seen footage of Total Bellas.03/21/2017 - 22:45
With his girlfriend and WrestleMania partner Nikki Bella in his corner, The Leader of The Cenation takes on one half of Breezango.03/21/2017 - 22:45
Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose sticks a fork(lift) into The Lone Wolf's first-ever match against The Viper.03/21/2017 - 22:00
Armed with new power from Sister Abigail, The New Face of Fear and his followers trap The Viper.03/21/2017 - 22:00
Following The Usos' non-title victory one week ago, Chad Gable & Jason Jordan go to war with their longstanding rivals for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.03/21/2017 - 21:30
The A-Lister and his bride claim to have unearthed supposed never-before-seen footage of Total Bellas.03/21/2017 - 21:30
The "Face That Runs the Place" plans to run through Shane McMahon at The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/21/2017 - 21:00
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.03/15/2017 - 13:15
Refusing to give in following AJ Styles' vicious attack, Shane McMahon announces a startling match for The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/14/2017 - 22:30
Weeks after The Viper burned down the Wyatt Family Compound, The New Fear of Fear returns more powerful than ever.03/14/2017 - 22:15
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.