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
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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