The King of Strong Style and The Viper combine forces to combat the newly reunited Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in SmackDown LIVE's thrilling main event.10/17/2017 - 23:15
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal calls out Universal Champion Brock Lesnar of Raw for a Champion vs. Champion showdown at WWE Survivor Series, only for AJ Styles to interrupt.10/17/2017 - 23:15
The Glorious One and The Showoff clash in a rematch from WWE Hell in a Cell.10/17/2017 - 23:00
The New Day find themselves face-to-face with Rusev and Aiden English.10/17/2017 - 22:30
Dasha Fuentes catches up with Sin Cara following his count-out victory over United States Champion Baron Corbin, and gets his thoughts on WWE's upcoming tour of Latin America.10/17/2017 - 22:30
Will Tyler Breeze & Fandango befriend The Ascension as they continue to search for clues?10/17/2017 - 22:30
See what happened when WWE Champion Jinder Mahal returned home to India.10/17/2017 - 22:00
Where Luke Harper & Erick Rowan go, destruction follows.10/17/2017 - 22:00
SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos come face-to-face with their next challengers, Chad Gable & Shelton Benjamin.10/17/2017 - 21:45
The Lone Wolf mocks the WWE Universe, which ends up costing him against Sin Cara.10/17/2017 - 21:30
Sami Zayn and KO belittle SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan, only to find themselves placed in a monumental tag team match.10/17/2017 - 21:30
The SmackDown LIVE women's division squares off in a Six-Woman Tag Team showdown.10/17/2017 - 21:15
Renee Young attempts to get a word with WWE Champion Jinder Mahal about his upcoming Survivor Series announcement, but is cut off by The Singh Brothers.10/17/2017 - 20:00
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.