After seemingly suffering an injury against AJ Styles on SmackDown LIVE, Kevin Owens addresses his status for the WWE Championship 1-on-2 Handicap Match at this Sunday's Royal Rumble event.01/23/2018 - 23:45
Can the WWE Champion survive Sami Zayn's vicious attack and emerge victorious in the second of two grueling matches?01/23/2018 - 23:45
The Phenomenal One faces Kevin Owens in the first of two consecutive matches against "Kami."01/23/2018 - 23:30
The Ascension think they're ready for a match against Rusev & Aiden English, but Breezango have other ideas in this edition of "The Fashion Files."01/23/2018 - 23:00
The new United States Champion joins forces with The New Day to battle The Modern Day Maharaja, Rusev & Aiden English in thrilling Six-Man Tag Team action.01/23/2018 - 22:15
WWE's Rockstar takes on The Lone Wolf as both men look for momentum heading into the Royal Rumble Match, but they also have to deal with a raging Viper.01/23/2018 - 21:45
Naomi looks for payback against The Riott Squad's Liv Morgan, but she ends up in the middle of a Royal Rumble Match preview with the rest of the Team Blue women.01/23/2018 - 21:30
Five days before their squads meet in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles at Royal Rumble, Jey Uso clashes with Chad Gable in hard-hitting singles competition.01/23/2018 - 21:30
After Daniel Bryan confirms that AJ Styles will face Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in back-to-back matches, Shane McMahon again brings The "Yes!" Man's leadership into question.01/23/2018 - 21:15
Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn brag about their chances of becoming co-WWE Champions at the Royal Rumble this Sunday, but they end up getting to compete against AJ Styles a few days early.01/23/2018 - 21:15
A battle for lost gold
It seems as though bad luck has a way of finding you just when you thought you needed it least. A funny thing happened to Batista -- a cruelly funny thing -- when he suffered a triceps injury that knocked him out of action for a long eight months and, more cruelly, forced him to relinquish the World Heavyweight Championship. The biggest prize in sports-entertainment, lost without even losing a match. Yes, fate can be cruel.
But then, fate also has a way of turning bad luck into good luck when all else seems bleak. Nine months removed from his devastating injury, Batista is back in the squared circle with a chance to regain his lost gold, and his luck may have finally turned around. First it was a tag team victory and a pinfall scored against King Booker. Then, a vicious slam through a table after signing a contract for what could be the rediscovery of a lost championship: a World Heavyweight Championship Match against the King this Friday night on SmackDown.
Batista had all but regained the Championship at SummerSlam, when a desperate interference by Queen Sharmell drew King Booker a disqualification and allowed him to retain his title. After coming so close to regaining what he believes is rightly his Championship, Batista told WWE.com that he was going to keep on high alert for Queen Sharmell's ringside hi-jinks.
"I am excited, but at the same time I'm going to be a little more cautious," said a focused Batista. "I'm more suspicious of what King Booker has got planned. He's not breaking any rules by having [Queen Sharmell] at ringside, but they're a dirty couple so I'll have to be on my tiptoes."
You'll have to watch SmackDown to find out just what the Queen had in store, but rest assured that The Animal was right to be suspicious.
Would King Booker be able to thwart The Animal's Championship dreams without help from his Queen? The benevolent King of SmackDown obviously had his own sentiments about the match for WWE.com, saying that he intended to take Batista down once and for all.
"I will come out and I will face Batista in the middle of the coliseum -- Gladiator versus King -- and I will douse his dreams of winning my World Heavyweight Championship once again," declared the King.
Both men delivered on their promises in this match, and you can expect to see one of the most heated World Heavyweight Championship clashes in recent memory. Apparently both of these men believe that the Championship is theirs. Funny how fate has a way of working out like that.
Find out where SmackDown is pre-empted this week