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
NTI changing Friday nights
WWE.com has learned that SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long intends on once again deploy a New Talent Initiative (NTI), promising a cavalcade of new, talented Superstars who will appear on SmackDown in the coming months.
Long launched the New Talent Initiative towards the end of last year and introduced a score of new stars such as Mr. Kennedy, the Boogeyman, Bobby Lashley and Finlay. Each of these men has had tremendous impact on SmackDown since their debut. Given what SmackDown has seen from such Superstars, one can only expect great things from the new wave that Long will introduce to WWE fans.
Mr. Kennedy arrived on SmackDown last August and quickly gained recognition with an impressive winning streak. With victories over Rey Mysterio, a pre-royalty King Booker and, most recently, consecutive wins over Batista (by disqualification and count-out), Kennedy's actions in the ring have been just as loud as his recurring self-introductions.
Current United States Champion Finlay has had quite the strong presence on SmackDown since his debut earlier this year. With his shillelagh held tight in his Irish palm, the Man Who Loves to Fight has bruised and pummeled his way through all SmackDown Superstars. Finlay earned the right to participate in the Inter-promotional Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania 22 where he collided with his most noteable SmackDown rival -- another product of the NTI -- Bobby Lashley. On May 26, the Irishman gained an advantage in the form of his filthy and ravenous Leprechaun, Little Bastard. Assisted by his miniature friend, just weeks ago, Finlay scored a taste of United States Championship gold in WWE by defeating the former champion, Lashley.
The explosive young lion Bobby Lashley has used his imposing and uncanny strength to become one of SmackDown's franchise players, representing the brand in the RAW vs. SmackDown Survivor Series Match, the Money in the Bank Ladder Match at WrestleMania and a six-man tag match at Saturday Night's Main Event on July 15. After being robbed in the King of the Ring Finals by King Booker, Lashley became the U.S. Champion in May by defeating John Bradshaw Layfield -- a former WWE Champion. Since losing the championship to his nemesis, Finlay, Lashley has been intent on becoming U.S. Champion again en route to larger things on SmackDown.
And of course, the most unorthodox new talent of Long's intiative, the Boogeyman, has crept, wriggled and wormed his way into the favor of the SmackDown audience. Debuting back in the ring last December, Boogeyman has stalked and stood face-to-worm-stained-face with a number of top-tier SmackDown stars and is yet to be defeated in a WWE ring. After WrestleMania, King Booker and Queen Sharmell placed a restraining order on an already injured Boogeyman. Though he hasn't been seen since April , one can expect nothing but more surprises from the Boogeyman once he makes his ghastly reemergence from the Bottomless Pit.
What will Theodore Long's relaunch of the New Talent Initiative bring to SmackDown in the approaching months? Tune in to SmackDown every Friday night at 8/7 CT on UPN.