Watch slow-motion footage from SmackDown LIVE and see why WWE Champion Jinder Mahal has to keep his head on a swivel at all times.06/22/2017 - 11:15
After defeating Chad Gable in his New Face of America Open Challenge, Kevin Owens claims no one will take his United States Title.06/20/2017 - 23:45
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal battles Luke Harper while keeping an eye out for Mr. Money in the Bank, Baron Corbin, and a furious Randy Orton.06/20/2017 - 23:00
After much deliberation, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan reveals his decision on how to solve the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match controversy.06/20/2017 - 22:30
SmackDown LIVE's newest couple want the world to bear witness to their incredible love.06/20/2017 - 22:15
Kevin Owens issues a New Face of America Open Challenge, which is answered by one-half of American Alpha.06/20/2017 - 22:00
The King of Strong Style and The Showoff continue their rivalry in a thrilling contest on the blue brand.06/20/2017 - 21:45
As Daniel Bryan mulls what to do about the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Becky Lynch urges SmackDown LIVE's General Manager to make the right choice.06/20/2017 - 21:15
Two days after the SmackDown Tag Team Title Match ended with The Usos retreating, The New Day's Big E and Jimmy Uso square off in a hard-hitting singles competition.06/20/2017 - 21:00
Daniel Bryan is confronted by Natalya and Tamina, who want answers regarding the Women's Money in the Bank controversy.06/20/2017 - 20:45
The Princess of Staten Island and James Ellsworth show no remorse for their actions during the historic Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match.06/20/2017 - 20:45
The Queen makes her case to Daniel Bryan about why the women of SmackDown LIVE deserve better than the outcome of the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match.06/20/2017 - 20:45
See how The Viper stunned WWE Champion Jinder Mahal with a surprise RKO on SmackDown LIVE in this slow-motion video.06/14/2017 - 18:00
Not so Noble in defeat
To our fans, new Cruiserweight Champion Hornswoggle is an entertaining leprechaun who lives under the ring and is most often seen helping fellow Irishman Finlay during his matches. To Jamie Noble, however, the little guy is nothing more than a big nuisance and the reason for quite possibly the worst week of Noble's life.
But, based on how the pint-sized pugilist won the Cruiserweight Championship at The Great American Bash, his given name is actually eerily accurate. Much like new entry SmackDown, "hornswoggle" is in the English lexicon; according to Merriam-Webster, the word is a verb meaning "to bamboozle, deceive, swindle or cheat."
When the leprechaun…well, hornswoggled his way to the gold last Sunday, he beat five men in the Cruiserweight Open but specifically pinned Noble to do it. Since then, Noble has heard nothing but snickers and whispers aimed toward him, and while Irish eyes may be smiling on the new champion, WWE Superstars are glancing disapprovingly in Jamie's direction. He has become the butt of a joke he wants nothing to do with; it is even rumored that a fellow Cruiserweight suggested that Noble might have better luck against the "purple horseshoes and yellow moons."
While Hornswoggle may not stay crunchy in milk like the Lucky Charms he's being compared to, he has stayed on Noble's mind non-stop since Sunday night. The snickering certainly doesn't help that, and it's something Noble vows to stop.
"Do you know what it's like? It's horrible!" Noble screamed. "You think I like going down hallways and seeing people pointing and whispering? I know what they're talking about! It's embarrassing!"
While it's true that the WWE locker room can sometimes sound like something out of the movie Mean Girls, it's not like Hornswoggle was just some random interloper. If you don't think Hornswoggle is tough, you might need to put down the Guinness and take a closer look; after all, this is a guy who gets abused by Finlay, his supposed good friend, on a regular basis, and who took the brunt of Mr. Kennedy's signature rolling senton slam at WrestleMania — off a 15-foot ladder, no less.
Noble, a former Cruiserweight Champion himself, is still far from impressed.
"I'm Jamie Noble, one of the best wrestlers in the world. I have credentials that will stand the test of time," he reminded WWE.com in a less-than-casual way. "That little troll, he slid in and stole the title from me. He shouldn't have even been in the match. He slides in out of nowhere and takes advantage of the opportunity? I was single-handedly mopping the floor with four other WWE Superstars. He attacks me while I'm down, from behind, and they want to call him champion? That's going to go down in the history books as a title win?"
In short…yes. Hornswoggle was officially in the ring when the Cruiserweight Open started, making him a legal participant. In fact, taking advantage of the loophole in the rules like he did is actually quite smart. That is, unless you were the one who came out on the short end of the stick, like Noble.
Not to worry, Noble says, because he's not going to overlook his opponent ever again.
"I'm going to get revenge on Hornswoggle and restore dignity to the Noble name," the former champion vowed. "Hornswoggle better enjoy it while it lasts, because there's a price to be paid. He may have found his pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but I will have my revenge."
At the very least, Noble can take solace in the fact that he won't have to face The Rainbow Express or Ken Shamrock anytime soon.