John Cena, Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles, The Miz, Baron Corbin, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, Kalisto, Apollo Crews, Mojo Rawley battle for the right to headline WrestleMania against WWE Champion Bray Wyatt.02/22/2017 - 00:15
Fearless Nikki gets checked out after battling The Queen of Black Harts and suffering a pipe assault courtesy of Maryse.02/21/2017 - 23:45
After Naomi was forced to relinquish the SmackDown Women's Championship, The Wicked Witch of WWE battles her longstanding adversary to become the new titleholder.02/21/2017 - 22:00
Fearless Nikki looks to rid her life of The Queen of Black Harts in a brutal Falls Count Anywhere Match.02/21/2017 - 22:00
Just nine days after realizing her lifelong dream, an injured Naomi must surrender the SmackDown Women's Title to General Manager Daniel Bryan.02/21/2017 - 21:00
See incredible slow-motion footage from the explosive SmackDown LIVE WWE Title Triple Threat Match between Bray Wyatt, John Cena and AJ Styles.02/17/2017 - 15:45
Three of SmackDown LIVE's best square off for the WWE Championship in a main event free-for-all.02/14/2017 - 22:45
After capturing the SmackDown Women's Title at Elimination Chamber, Naomi must deal with a knee injury and the Wicked Witch of WWE.02/14/2017 - 22:30
The Animal comes home
This Friday, SmackDown heads to Washington D.C., which is the hometown of former World Heavyweight Champion Batista. This week, the Animal told WWE.com that he was looking forward to performing in front of his hometown crowd.
"The good thing about D.C. crowds is you really don't have to do anything," said Batista. "I'm a hometown boy and they always make me feel welcome; even back when I was with Evolution, they always made me feel like I was welcome home."
Batista went on to say that the WWE fans weren't the only ones excited about SmackDown 's trip to the nation's capital.
"Everybody in the WWE is pumped up and excited because we don't make it into D.C. that often," he said. "When we do, they really let us know their appreciation for us being there."
Going back to D.C. brings back good memories for Batista of last year's SummerSlam, where he defeated JBL to retain his World Heavyweight Championship. But SummerSlam in D.C. is not the only good memory that going home brings up for him. While other Superstars might be fixated on this year's SummerSlam coming up on Sunday, Batista compares the feeling to something else.
"I bounced for 10 years just two blocks away from the Verizon Center, so [going back] just [brings up] a flood of memories," said a sincere Batista. "Being in your hometown, there's just nothing like it. It's a feeling you really can't describe. To me, it's almost like a WrestleMania feeling."
Batista made one prediction about Friday night.
"[My] friends and family are going to fill up half the arena," he laughed. "I guarantee that whoever I face will get booed out of the building."
To find out if Batista's prediction comes true, tune into SmackDown this Friday at 8/7 CT and only on UPN.
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