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
Before battling AJ Styles for the WWE World Title in a Tables, Ladders & Chairs Match, The Lunatic Fringe welcomes SmackDown LIVE's newest Superstar into the Asylum.11/29/2016 - 22:00
While brawling with Alexa Bliss, SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch makes a crucial mistake that could cost her big at WWE TLC.11/29/2016 - 21:00
An eating competition at Vickie Guerrero's Thanksgiving Celebration has dire consequences for the winner later that night.11/29/2013 - 12:45
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WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.11/23/2016 - 14:45
A kingdom's gold at stake
Following the SmackDown contract signing, WWE.com spoke to The Animal about his match with the World Heavyweight Champion, King Booker next week. Days away from his opportunity to reclaim the championship gold he was forced to relinquish eight months ago, Batista had very little to say.
"Don't you think what I just did to King Booker is enough to show you what I'm going to do next week?" asked a very grave and focused Batista. "I made a promise nine months ago to win back my championship and that's exactly what I'm going to do."
On SmackDown, King Booker confidently expressed that he would tame the beast, Batista, in their rematch. SmackDown's majesty also said that Batista could not defeat "a ruler as wise and mighty" as the King at SummerSlam, and the same would be true next Friday. Within minutes of his bold statements, the King of the World was driven through a table at the hands of Batista with a devastating spinebuster.
After the events of SmackDown, King Booker collected his crown and his senses and spoke with WWE.com. Visibly livid, the King said he was not pleased with Batista's "impudence."
"Where does that unruly peasant get off sullying King Booker with his filthy paws?" asked his majesty. "Like a stray animal, that rogue attacked me from behind and put the King of the World through a table while I wasn't aware. I guarantee that the magnificent reign of King Booker will endure this mutiny and I will thrive next week on my 48th glorious day and evermore."
Since returning to SmackDown in July, Batista has passionately sought to regain the World Heavyweight Championship -- the championship he surrendered without ever being beaten. At SummerSlam, Batista came within inches of once again becoming champion, setting up the King for a Batista Bomb until Queen Sharmell came into the ring and repeatedly slapped The Animal to cause a disqualification. Though victorious, Batista did not leave Boston with the championship gold.
The former champion was frustrated by the outcome at SummerSlam and he will undoubtedly unleash that frustration next Friday when he meets King Booker one-on-one. But will The Animal be prepared for the King's royal knights extraordinaire, Sir William Regal and Finlay? Can King Booker overcome his archrival and retain his gold and SmackDown supremacy?
Tune in to Friday Night SmackDown this weekend to find out.