A rookie Randy Orton has to take a break from his workout after Stacy Keibler stops by to wish him good luck with a kiss!05/11/2017 - 15:45
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.05/17/2017 - 11:15
The No. 1 contenders to the WWE and United States Championships clashed on SmackDown LIVE. See how the match unfolded in this thrilling-slow-motion video.05/17/2017 - 11:00
With his WWE Championship defense at WWE Backlash looming, The Viper takes on the dangerous Baron Corbin in SmackDown LIVE's main event.05/16/2017 - 23:45
After pinning Naomi on SmackDown LIVE, The Princess of Staten Island believes she should be No. 1 contender to Naomi's title.05/16/2017 - 23:15
The Showoff compares his accomplishments to those of Shinsuke Nakamura before their battle at WWE Backlash.05/16/2017 - 22:15
Tye Dillinger gives his thoughts on his match with Aiden English at Sunday's WWE Backlash Kickoff, until The Drama King interrupts.05/16/2017 - 22:15
The Lone Wolf promises he will end Sami Zayn at WWE Backlash this Sunday on WWE Network.05/16/2017 - 22:15
Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods are ready to clap back at negativity as they prepare for their SmackDown LIVE debut.05/16/2017 - 22:15
The six women in this Sunday's tag team throwdown gather to make the match official in the first-ever contract signing of its kind.05/16/2017 - 22:00
With their SmackDown Tag Team Championship opportunity looming, Tyler Breeze & Fandango take on The Colons while keeping their heads on a swivel for The Usos.05/16/2017 - 22:00
Prince Pretty digs deep to get new dirt on The Usos in the latest edition of Breezango's "Fashion Files."05/16/2017 - 21:30
The No. 1 contenders to the United States and WWE Championships collide just days before their title matches at WWE Backlash.05/16/2017 - 21:15
The Ravishing Russian continues to show her best dance moves ahead of her arrival on SmackDown LIVE.05/16/2017 - 21:00
The New Face of America takes over Chris Jericho's talk show, and hostility escalates between AJ Styles and The Maharaja.05/16/2017 - 21:00
Tye Dillinger and Aiden English will clash during the WWE Backlash Kickoff this Sunday on WWE Network, WWE.com, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other digital platforms.05/16/2017 - 17:15
Check out the latest version of SmackDown LIVE's exciting introduction.05/16/2017 - 15:00
Healing Hardy not yet cleared
It seems that Matt Hardy must continue to suffer on the sidelines, at least for another week. After last week's Tag Team Match on SmackDown, during which Hardy sustained a skull-deep gash that required 17 stitches to close, doctors would not clear him to compete at Cyber Sunday against fellow WWE Tag Team Champion, MVP. Unfortunately, Hardy received the same diagnosis from doctors this week in Uniondale, and is therefore not cleared to compete -- either alongside or against the United States Champion -- on Friday Night SmackDown.
"Not being cleared again is real frustrating," a dejected Hardy told WWE.com. "I hate being on the outside looking in, especially after I did my damnedest to be able to wrestle MVP at Cyber Sunday. Still, the doctors won't clear me. They said it was a deep laceration that went all the way down to the skull, and if it bursts open it could get easily infected. So, I'll have to follow doctors' orders, which isn't my favorite thing to do."
WWE physician, Dr. Ferdinand Rios, understands and appreciates Hardy's frustration. Nevertheless, his prime concern is for the Superstar's physical wellbeing.
"If we can keep Matt from getting injured where he had his laceration, he'll heal nicely," Dr. Rios explained. "If not, he can develop an infection and have a significant scar. Once you open up a wound that has been sewn, it's much more vulnerable to become infected, and that means we'd have to give him antibiotics and other treatments.
As for Hardy's chances of seeing Friday Night SmackDown action, Dr. Rios sounded far more optimistic.
"I think that within the next seven days, we can have Matt back in the ring," he replied.
Informed of the likelihood of being able to compete next week, Hardy said, "That's good, because then I can get back to my environment. I can get back to being Matt Hardy, to being one-half of the WWE Tag Team Champions and, maybe more important, back to concentrating on my ultimate goal: Earning another U.S. Title Match against MVP."