Get in the ring with this never-before-seen footage of SmackDown LIVE's huge tag team main event.10/23/2017 - 10:30
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WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.10/18/2017 - 12:00
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
A great Long night for SmackDown
LAREDO, Texas -- An injured Edge, forced to surrender the World Heavyweight Championship. The Great Khali, winning the title in an unbelievable Battle Royal. Batista and Kane, doing battle in an astonishing No. 1 Contender's contest. And our fans, erupting into thunderous "Holla's" at the news that WWE's largest-ever World Champion must defend his new title against The Animal and the Big Red Monster at The Great American Bash this Sunday. Truly, Friday's SmackDown was an evening of epic proportions, made possible by the man who had his biggest night as General Manager, Theodore Long.
"I wouldn't call it the biggest night," a self-effacing Long told WWE.com. "I'd just call it a good night. The Great American Bash is comin' up, and it's a huge tradition that has been around for many, many years. The people are expecting a [World Heavyweight Title] Match at the pay-per-view this Sunday, and with Edge being hurt and having to relinquish the title, I had to figure out some way to make that happen. And that's exactly what I did."
You may not believe Long, but feel us out, playa: Within moments of divesting the emotional Rated-R Superstar of his title, SmackDown's GM called for a 20-Man Battle Royal to determine a new World Heavyweight Champion. Shortly after The Great Khali simultaneously launched Batista and Kane over the top rope, Long -- aided by some vocal support from Assistant GM Vickie Guerrero -- decided to have the co-finalists contend for an opportunity at the newly crowned champion this Sunday. And when Khali stuck his big nose (and big foot, and big hand…) where it didn't belong, Long stepped up large once more, announcing that all three Superstars would meet in a Triple Threat Match at The Great American Bash.
To hear announcers Michael Cole and John Bradshaw Layfield, Long had a "stellar" night on all accounts. But know that he didn't do it to shine in some spotlight that's often focused solely on SmackDown's ring warriors. "I never worry about recognition," he said. "I only worry about doing my job for the people."
WWE.com confirmed Long's motivations with several locker-room sources, though a few playfully intimated that his latest SmackDown performance is a prime example of the "MacMilitant"-dancing GM demonstrating an extra spring in his step these days -- a step that will soon take himself and SmackDown Diva Kristal down the path of holy matrimony.
"Really?" Long asked, his tone expressing a little good-humored embarrassment over his upcoming nuptials. "To be honest, I didn't even have the wedding on my mind tonight. I was so busy thinking about how I could make this year's Great American Bash a great, big success, like it has always been in the past. I was only worried about our fans, all the people who are ordering this Sunday's pay-per-view, and making them happy."