Watch slow-motion footage from SmackDown LIVE and see why WWE Champion Jinder Mahal has to keep his head on a swivel at all times.06/22/2017 - 11:15
After defeating Chad Gable in his New Face of America Open Challenge, Kevin Owens claims no one will take his United States Title.06/20/2017 - 23:45
WWE Champion Jinder Mahal battles Luke Harper while keeping an eye out for Mr. Money in the Bank, Baron Corbin, and a furious Randy Orton.06/20/2017 - 23:00
After much deliberation, SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan reveals his decision on how to solve the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match controversy.06/20/2017 - 22:30
SmackDown LIVE's newest couple want the world to bear witness to their incredible love.06/20/2017 - 22:15
Kevin Owens issues a New Face of America Open Challenge, which is answered by one-half of American Alpha.06/20/2017 - 22:00
The King of Strong Style and The Showoff continue their rivalry in a thrilling contest on the blue brand.06/20/2017 - 21:45
As Daniel Bryan mulls what to do about the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match, Becky Lynch urges SmackDown LIVE's General Manager to make the right choice.06/20/2017 - 21:15
Two days after the SmackDown Tag Team Title Match ended with The Usos retreating, The New Day's Big E and Jimmy Uso square off in a hard-hitting singles competition.06/20/2017 - 21:00
Daniel Bryan is confronted by Natalya and Tamina, who want answers regarding the Women's Money in the Bank controversy.06/20/2017 - 20:45
The Princess of Staten Island and James Ellsworth show no remorse for their actions during the historic Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match.06/20/2017 - 20:45
The Queen makes her case to Daniel Bryan about why the women of SmackDown LIVE deserve better than the outcome of the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder Match.06/20/2017 - 20:45
See how The Viper stunned WWE Champion Jinder Mahal with a surprise RKO on SmackDown LIVE in this slow-motion video.06/14/2017 - 18:00
Aerial David vs. Punjabi Goliath
The Berlin Wall and Günter Schabowski. The Imperial Fleet and the Rebel Alliance. The New York Mets and September 2007. All great collapses, yet none that resonate quite so vividly as that of a slingshot-wielding tween facing off against a sword-swinging Philistine giant. Until this Friday night on SmackDown. That's when the greatest underdog story of all time -- David & Goliath -- gets a modern-day facelift with Rey Mysterio and The Great Khali. We hope.
Perhaps we are overstating things a touch, though you might not think so if you were the contemporized David, giving away nearly two feet and 250 pounds to your gargantuan opponent. True, Rey Mysterio won't be fighting the Philistine army's mightiest warrior for the survival of his people. But he could well be fighting for his own survival when he steps into the ring against a 7-foot-3 Punjabi colossus whose breakfasts are bigger than the masked Superstar.
At least Goliath had the perverse decency to laugh at David opposing him. The Great Khali is already looking past Rey Mysterio. To him, the Master of the 619 is an annoying piece of gum under his size 18EEEE boot, and he plans to scrape him off on SmackDown. This Goliath would rather focus on caging an Animal in a Punjabi Prison at No Mercy this Sunday, and reclaim the gold Batista took from him at Unforgiven last month. The gold that he believes elevates his already lofty status -- the World Heavyweight Championship.
Khali, however, would do well to remember that he and WWE's version of David are eye level, at least in terms of being former World Champions. Having made a career out of figuratively slaying "unbeatable" behemoths, Rey, like David, knows how to find that single hole in Goliath's armor, then strike at it with a 619 through the ropes faster than any stone could ever leave a crude slingshot. Truly, he demonstrates that the bigger they are… well, just ask JBL. He'll tell you all about last year's experience in which Rey forever cast him to the SmackDown announce table. (A story that JBL has somehow twisted into a match between Mysterio and Finlay at No Mercy this Sunday.)
But The Great Khali ain't some beanstalk, Jack. He's a monster, pure and simple, who intends to give Mysterio a super-sized smiting this Friday. Unlike the Goliath of biblical yore, Khali requires no sword, spear and/or javelin; all he needs are his 16-centimeter paws, and an insatiable desire to crush the skulls he places between them. Mysterio learned that the hard way several times last month, including a vile, bloody incident on SmackDown that had our fans worrying if he'd be in any shape to challenge the giant at Unforgiven's Triple Threat Match. And David made damn sure he never had to worry about rematches with Goliath.
Surprisingly, there is one theme in Mysterio vs. Khali that goes hand in Khali-Vise-Grip-hand with David vs. Goliath. Their battle this Friday night cannot truly be measured by a lopsided tale of the tape or ring strategies. Like David and Goliath, theirs is a conflict in faith -- the giant's superficial belief that size and might alone will hold him supreme above everyone else, versus David's conviction in himself and those who support him.
For Rey Mysterio's sake, let's hope Friday's match-up takes the best pages from the Old Testament.