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
Most Vulnerable Playa
PHOENIX -- On SmackDown Friday night, Matt Hardy was up to the challenge of proving to Montel Vontavious Porter and our fans that he is deserving of another opportunity at the United States Championship. Needless to say, the results of Hardy's pursuits were anything but enjoyable for SmackDown's MVP, whose own game may be flawed when it comes to his latest, and perhaps greatest adversary.
Porter, who earlier in the week told WWE.com that he needed no preparation for any challenge Matt could come up with, took his valuable time stalling while Hardy stood chomping at the bit, waiting for his proposed Arm Wrestling Contest to begin. The Ballin' Superstar stretched and strutted around the ring before finally locking hands with the hungry Hardy, who was determined to keep last week's promise that he'd keep beating MVP in any competition until he got his rematch for the gold. Though the outcome at times seemed in doubt, Matt's arm ultimately forced MVP's down onto the table, much to the delight of our fans, and the shock and disgust of the egotistical United States Champion.
So infuriated by his loss, Porter called out Hardy on the spot for a non-title match, which was eagerly accepted by the risk-taking North Carolinian. Although the hotshot Superstar lays claim to being better than everybody else, on this night in Arizona, MVP could not surpass the unexpected aggressiveness of Matt Hardy. Combining both power and finesse, the high-flying Hardy kept the Franchise Playa guessing -- wrongly, in many instances -- throughout the match. Yet when it seemed he was poised to lose twice in the same night, MVP took his ball and walked…right out of the ring. With no choice but to look on as the unsportsmanlike champion was counted out, Matt's second victory of the night was not as sweet as either he or our fans would have preferred.
Though never short on excuses, a locker room-bound MVP had only one thing to say to WWE.com regarding the Arm Wrestling Contest and subsequent match: "The whole world saw it. The referee was clearly on Matt Hardy's side all night, and I wasn't ready for that."
Ready or not, the bottom line is that on SmackDown Friday night, Montel Vontavious Porter wasn't better than Matt Hardy. In his search for singles gold, there's no question that Matt will continue to challenge the United States Champion. Therefore, if MVP wants to keep putting his money where his mouth is, he better invest in a new game plan that can withstand Hardy's drive and determination, and keep the bling around his waist.