Randy Orton gets more than he bargained for, and the landscape of the SmackDown Women's division gets irreparably altered on an unforgettable SmackDown LIVE.04/26/2017 - 13:45
Tyler Breeze & Fandango are over the moon after winning the first-ever Tag Team Beat the Clock Challenge to earn a SmackDown Tag Team Title opportunity.04/25/2017 - 22:30
Can one of these teams beat the time set by American Alpha to earn a SmackDown Tag Team Title opportunity?04/25/2017 - 22:30
Just days before his House of Horrors Match with Bray Wyatt, WWE Champion Randy Orton brawls with Erick Rowan in a No Disqualification Match.04/25/2017 - 22:00
After a brutal match with Erick Rowan, Randy Orton is attacked by Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers, who leave with The Viper's coveted title in tow.04/25/2017 - 22:00
The blonde bombshell is ready to dance her way to Tuesday nights in the very near future.04/25/2017 - 21:45
See what lies ahead for Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt in their House of Horrors Match at WWE Payback this Sunday.04/25/2017 - 21:45
In the first-ever Tag Team Beat the Clock Challenge, American Alpha and The Colons try to set the bar with the fastest time.04/25/2017 - 21:45
Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods are ready to embark on a quest to make sure SmackDown isn't booty.04/25/2017 - 21:15
After being sent to SmackDown LIVE in the Superstar Shake-up, Rusev refuses to compete for Team Blue unless he receives a WWE Championship Match at Money in the Bank on June 18.04/25/2017 - 21:15
In a rematch of last week's main event, AJ Styles and Baron Corbin square off, as United States Champion Kevin Owens again watches from ringside.04/25/2017 - 21:00
Jason Jordan & Chad Gable recall their quickest victories in amateur wrestling ahead of tonight's Tag Team Beat the Clock Challenge on SmackDown LIVE.04/25/2017 - 18:30
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
Returning the favor
Tonight, Matt Hardy will face WWE Cruiserweight Champion Gregory Helms in a non-title match on SmackDown. This battle comes after Helms sent an unexpected yet resounding message to Hardy by interfering in Hardy's match last Friday.
Earlier this week, Hardy told WWE.com that he would look to return the favor in tonight's match, thus settling a deep-rooted rivalry that extends far back into the beginnings of each man's professional career.
"We have a long, storied history," Hardy said. "We've always had this competitive nature between us. It's almost like a real personal race to see who can be the biggest star and who can achieve the most success in WWE."
Last week on SmackDown, Hardy squared off with Mr. Kennedy while Helms sat alongside commentators Michael Cole and JBL. At the close of an exhausting physical contest, Hardy gained the advantage and was en route to what could've been one of his biggest victories in recent weeks. Suddenly, just moments after complimenting Hardy's abilities, the Cruiserweight Champion leapt from the announce table onto the ring apron and dropped Hardy's throat across the top tope. This enabled Kennedy to capitalize and gain another impressive win over Hardy, while Helms looked on with a satisfied grin.
According to Helms, his actions last Friday were driven by personal issues that exist between both he and Hardy. The Cruiserweight Champion told WWE.com that those matters need to be sorted out in the ring tonight.
"[Last week], I did something that I felt needed to be done," explained Helms. "Matt Hardy's an accomplished wrestler who has done a lot in this business and he's a very, very talented performer. We're pretty evenly matched across the board, but Hardy and I have some unresolved issues that are kind of under the scene right now. People don't know about them and it's time for that stuff to come into the light."
The longest current reigning champion in sports-entertainment, Helms came to SmackDown in January and has held the Cruiserweight gold for seven months. He also boasts an extremely impressive record as of late, most recently earning a controversial victory over Tatanka. Hardy himself is a former Cruiserweight Champion, and while he may have the size and strength advantage in the match, Hardy will need to retain his focus tonight against the crafty, stealthy Helms.
"Helms has a lot of really high impact, high-flying moves in his arsenal and I have to watch out for those," admitted Hardy. "Right now, I'm not necessarily the fastest guy in this match and I know that he is; he's the WWE Cruiserweight Champion. Helms is a phenomenal wrestler with phenomenal talent and he's dangerous, especially if you let him explode. More than ever, I have to be on my toes tonight. I'm going to try and actually keep him grounded as much as possible. I'm going to take a step toward ensuring that I become the bigger star because I'm going to beat him in the ring tonight: one, two, three."
Who will emerge victorious in this personal battle tonight? Will we see the close of this vendetta in a SmackDown ring?