Years before becoming No. 1 contender to the WWE Title, Jinder Mahal gave the WWE Universe a shocking first impression.04/20/2017 - 16:00
The Prizefighter takes on a Louisville native in the first-ever "Face of America Open Challenge."04/18/2017 - 23:00
The Phenomenal One and The Lone Wolf clash in this week's main event, with Kevin Owens watching from ringside.04/18/2017 - 22:45
After coming up short in the WWE Championship No. 1 Contender Six-Pack Challenge, Sami Zayn is distraught at seeing another huge opportunity pass him by.04/18/2017 - 22:30
In her first match as a member of Team Blue, The Queen tries to earn a SmackDown Women's Championship opportunity with a win over current titleholder Naomi.04/18/2017 - 22:30
After being brutally attacked last week, American Alpha is out for payback against Primo & Epico Colon.04/18/2017 - 22:30
Get to know Tye Dillinger and find out why the WWE Universe loves the competitor they call "The Perfect 10."04/18/2017 - 22:15
WWE Champion Randy Orton comes face-to-face with his new No. 1 contender before calling out Bray Wyatt ahead of their House of Horrors Match at WWE Payback.04/18/2017 - 21:45
Sami Zayn, Luke Harper, Mojo Rawley, Jinder Mahal, Dolph Ziggler and Erick Rowan square off for the right to challenge for the WWE Championship.04/18/2017 - 21:45
Take a closer look at the Superstar known around the world as The King of Strong Style.04/18/2017 - 21:30
Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, the hosts of USA Network's Team Ninja Warrior, talk about their experience at SmackDown LIVE.04/18/2017 - 20:30
After Wade Barrett attacks Randy Orton, The Viper takes out his aggression on Dolph Ziggler in the form a powerbomb.04/12/2017 - 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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