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
Animal on the prowl
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Over the past few weeks, The Great Khali and his destructive Vise Grip seemed to have Batista's number. But after seeing The Animal's attack draw the World Heavyweight Champion's blood on SmackDown Friday night, it's possible that Batista may have turned the tide just days before they meet at SummerSlam.
48 hours before his match with Khali at the Biggest Party of the Summer, Batista had to take on Finlay in SmackDown's main event. While the two men are certainly no strangers to each other -- Batista & Kane just defeated Finlay & Khali on Saturday Night's Main Event -- The Animal had to be careful not to look past the dangerous fighting Irishman.
Early on, it looked as if Batista was fully focused, dominating Finlay in the early going. But once The Great Khali and translator Ranjin Singh made their way to ringside, the tone of the match changed drastically. The Animal split his attention between his SmackDown opponent and his SummerSlam foe, allowing Finlay to take control and brutalize Batista with his hard-hitting offense.
At one point, Khali made a move toward The Animal while he and Finlay battled on the floor; Batista chased him off with a steel chair, but the distraction proved fruitful as Finlay was able to bash his opponent and regain control. Moments later, however, Batista struck back, and as he went for a Batista Bomb on the Celtic combatant, Khali decided to attack once again.
The World Heavyweight Champion climbed to the apron, prompting Batista to go after him. Ever the opportunist, Finlay tried to nail The Animal with his trusty shillelagh; while the fighting Irishman was unsuccessful, Batista's momentary shift in focus allowed Khali to regroup and clobber him with a mighty overhand chop.
At that point, it looked like Batista was about to suffer the same fate that had befallen him over the last two weeks. Instead, The Animal used his formidable strength to block Khali's Vise Grip; after a timely strike and a thunderous spear, it was then Batista's turn to be on the prowl.
The Animal mounted Khali, landing punches with a fury that was perhaps more intense than ever seen from him. Finlay tried to pull him off, but a spinebuster silenced him quickly, and The Animal went right back to his Punjabi prey. Even after Khali pushed him away and tried to escape, Batista followed him to the floor and continued his relentless assault.
Finally, after a few moments of Batista battering the World Heavyweight Champion, referees and officials were able to pull The Animal off his wounded prey. When Khali finally struggled to his feet, it became visible that Batista had busted the World Heavyweight Champion open, something that only one (dead)man had ever done to him in his WWE career.
Just 48 hours before SummerSlam, Batista looked like an Animal possessed as he stared down The Great Khali with an intense fire in his eyes. It's said that he who laughs last, laughs best; come SummerSlam, however, will The Animal smile through a nice Punjabi dinner, or will it be Khali who once again laughs his way to the bank?