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
Bobby Lashes Back
Bobby Lashley stormed into the ring on SmackDown looking to make a statement, and he did so without having to say a single word. It was only fitting, considering the last time we saw Lashley at The Great American Bash, the look on his face said more than his words could have hoped to express.
On July 23, looking frustrated, enraged, bitter, devastated and incredulous all at once, Lashley stood at center-ring, his unaffected stare burning directly into the face of SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long. Long had just delivered the news that WWE physicians had deemed Lashley ineligible to compete in his scheduled Triple Threat Match for the United States Championship due to elevated enzymes in his liver, and neither Lashley’s desperate pleas nor all of the “We Want Lashley” chants in the world could have changed the G.M.’s mind. The ruling was upheld, and as a deflated Lashley strode back up the entranceway toward the locker room, his scheduled opponents, Finlay and William Regal, failed to even shoot a glance toward the two-time Armed Forces Champion.
If a picture tells a thousand words, the images of Lashley at The Bash could comprise a volume, upon the pages of which would be inscribed a tale of intensity, devotion and unflappable will. Lashley said at The Bash that only he truly knows his body, and that he knows in his heart that he was and is not too sick to compete. Less than two weeks after being denied the chance to regain the coveted United States Championship that was stolen from him, those words have proven prophetic. Lashley made an assertive return to the ring on SmackDown, ready to begin the next chapter of his story.
As Finlay and Regal grappled for the third consecutive week, a familiar turn of events once again began to unfold. With some help from his Little Bastard, Finlay gained the advantage over Regal and looked to finish him off with a crushing blow from his shillelagh, unconcerned with the inevitable disqualification that would follow.
As the referee signaled for the disqualification, Lashley rushed to ringside, clearly fed up with being forced to watch from the wings as Regal and Finlay battled over the U.S. Championship that he feels is rightly his.
With shillelagh still in hand, Finlay managed to ward off the charging Lashley and sneak out of the ring, leaving Lashley to vent his pent-up frustration on Regal, who he slammed to the mat with a running power slam. While he may not have gotten his shot at Finlay, Bobby Lashley sent a message to him and all comers: he’s back, possibly better than ever, and has his sights on taking back the United States Championship.
“I sat at home for a week and a half and just thought about this ‘medically cleared’ thing. They were just trying to keep me from wrestling, and it just angered me and pissed me off to death,” said an unsmiling Lashley. “So I came, I made a statement, and everyone who tries to stop me will feel the same thing.”