With the help of Fearless Nikki, Sophia Grace explodes on the scene with a very unique introduction to the WWE Universe.12/06/2016 - 23:30
The new SmackDown Women's Champion gets an uninvited guest at her title celebration in the form of The Irish Lass Kicker.12/06/2016 - 22:30
After a verbal altercation between Breezango and American Alpha earlier in the night, Chad Gable battles an insulted Tyler Breeze.12/06/2016 - 22:15
Days after their brutal Chairs Match at WWE TLC, The Lone Wolf once again squares off against Kalisto.12/06/2016 - 22:00
Excited about her new single "Hollywood," due out this January and featuring several female Superstars in her music video, Sophia Grace throws her support behind Fearless Nikki.12/06/2016 - 21:45
Zack Ryder & Mojo Rawley go head-to-head against Konnor & Viktor in a SmackDown LIVE tag team showdown.12/06/2016 - 21:45
See what happened on SmackDown LIVE after The Princess of Staten Island accused Natalya of being Nikki Bella's mysterious attacker at Survivor Series.12/06/2016 - 21:15
Beauty & The Man Beast look to reclaim the SmackDown Tag Team Championship from The New Wyatt Family in a WWE TLC rematch. Teaser: Beauty & The Man Beast look for another fairytale ending in SmackDown Tag Team rematch.12/06/2016 - 21:00
Following Ellsworth's betrayal of Dean Ambrose at WWE TLC, The Lunatic Fringe dishes out some payback on the chinless Superstar.12/06/2016 - 21:00
The Beast Incarnate cramps Kurt Angle's style in a backstage encounter with an admirer of The Olympic Hero.12/01/2016 - 10:45
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.11/30/2016 - 12:30
The Wicked Witch of WWE doesn't just want to capture the SmackDown Women's Title in her Tables Match against Becky Lynch at WWE TLC, she wants to embarrass her beyond words.11/29/2016 - 23:30
Jason Jordan & Chad Gable take on The New Wyatt Family to see who will earn the right to face SmackDown Tag Team Champions Heath Slater and Rhyno at WWE TLC.11/29/2016 - 22:30
The Lunatic fringe does not wish to wait for WWE TLC to get his hands on "The Champ that Runs the Camp."11/29/2016 - 22:30
The Princess of Staten Island is more determined than ever to make Nikki Bella suffer in their No Disqualification Match at WWE TLC this Sunday.11/29/2016 - 22:15
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.