Years before becoming No. 1 contender to the WWE Title, Jinder Mahal gave the WWE Universe a shocking first impression.04/20/2017 - 16:00
The Prizefighter takes on a Louisville native in the first-ever "Face of America Open Challenge."04/18/2017 - 23:00
The Phenomenal One and The Lone Wolf clash in this week's main event, with Kevin Owens watching from ringside.04/18/2017 - 22:45
After coming up short in the WWE Championship No. 1 Contender Six-Pack Challenge, Sami Zayn is distraught at seeing another huge opportunity pass him by.04/18/2017 - 22:30
In her first match as a member of Team Blue, The Queen tries to earn a SmackDown Women's Championship opportunity with a win over current titleholder Naomi.04/18/2017 - 22:30
After being brutally attacked last week, American Alpha is out for payback against Primo & Epico Colon.04/18/2017 - 22:30
Get to know Tye Dillinger and find out why the WWE Universe loves the competitor they call "The Perfect 10."04/18/2017 - 22:15
WWE Champion Randy Orton comes face-to-face with his new No. 1 contender before calling out Bray Wyatt ahead of their House of Horrors Match at WWE Payback.04/18/2017 - 21:45
Sami Zayn, Luke Harper, Mojo Rawley, Jinder Mahal, Dolph Ziggler and Erick Rowan square off for the right to challenge for the WWE Championship.04/18/2017 - 21:45
Take a closer look at the Superstar known around the world as The King of Strong Style.04/18/2017 - 21:30
Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, the hosts of USA Network's Team Ninja Warrior, talk about their experience at SmackDown LIVE.04/18/2017 - 20:30
After Wade Barrett attacks Randy Orton, The Viper takes out his aggression on Dolph Ziggler in the form a powerbomb.04/12/2017 - 18:00
Belfast brawler's Bakersfield beatdown
During his interview with Anastasia earlier that evening, the former World Champion had assured our fans, "Rey Mysterio fears no man, and certainly not Finlay…. I was raised to win." Carrying that attitude into his match with the Rabobank Arena crowd firmly behind him, the unorthodox high-flyer would surprise our fans -- and, more significantly, the Belfast brawler -- with an unusually aggressive offense from the onset. To our fans, if the assertive Mysterio seemed afraid of anything Friday night, it was that he might not get his hands on Finlay again at their upcoming Survivor Series contest, when the two join opposing teams for the pay-per-view's Traditional Elimination Match.
Then, just like that, Finlay demonstrated once again why he is one of the most dangerous individuals inside the squared circle. His smashmouth offense, arguably the most original in sports-entertainment, enabled him to take control of the match -- at the expense of Mysterio's back and skull. Utilizing all four corners (plus the outside barricade) to toss the masked Master of the 619 around like a sack of potatoes, even the usually dour Irishman couldn't stop from cracking a sick, twisted smile.
Though Rey clearly favored his back throughout the last half of the battle, it looked like he swung momentum back in his favor after countering Finlay's attempted shillelagh assault and connecting with the 619. But the Celtic combatant, always aware of his surroundings, grabbed hold of the top rope just before Mysterio could launch into a West Coast Pop, forcing the masked Superstar to crash sickeningly hard onto the canvas. Hoisting the visibly hurt Mysterio up onto his shoulders, Finlay then executed a devastating Celtic Cross that made pinning his opponent seem almost excessive.
Unfortunately, the Northern Irishman didn't see it that way, even after picking up the victory. Hurling the beaten Mysterio halfway across the ring to the outside floor, Finlay grabbed a laptop from the SmackDown announcers' table and, in a very un-"P.C." manner, used it to whack Rey across the skull. Seeing that the near-unconscious Mysterio was absolutely defenseless, the bruiser then lifted and rammed him directly across the steel ring post. Needless to say, the assault was brutal and merciless -- exactly the way Finlay loves to fight.
The look on our fans' faces illustrated grave concern for their home state hero, especially while Finlay again reached for his blackthorn-wooded club. Thankfully, the referee interjected, protecting the fallen Mysterio before the Celtic combatant could inflict any further damage. Finlay had gotten his point across, however. On this night, he backed up exactly what he promised to do a week before -- he beat Rey Mysterio. And if Finlay has his way, the beatings will continue until he finally convinces Mysterio why he should be fearful of him.