Randy Orton gets more than he bargained for, and the landscape of the SmackDown Women's division gets irreparably altered on an unforgettable SmackDown LIVE.04/26/2017 - 13:45
Tyler Breeze & Fandango are over the moon after winning the first-ever Tag Team Beat the Clock Challenge to earn a SmackDown Tag Team Title opportunity.04/25/2017 - 22:30
Can one of these teams beat the time set by American Alpha to earn a SmackDown Tag Team Title opportunity?04/25/2017 - 22:30
Just days before his House of Horrors Match with Bray Wyatt, WWE Champion Randy Orton brawls with Erick Rowan in a No Disqualification Match.04/25/2017 - 22:00
After a brutal match with Erick Rowan, Randy Orton is attacked by Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers, who leave with The Viper's coveted title in tow.04/25/2017 - 22:00
The blonde bombshell is ready to dance her way to Tuesday nights in the very near future.04/25/2017 - 21:45
See what lies ahead for Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt in their House of Horrors Match at WWE Payback this Sunday.04/25/2017 - 21:45
In the first-ever Tag Team Beat the Clock Challenge, American Alpha and The Colons try to set the bar with the fastest time.04/25/2017 - 21:45
Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods are ready to embark on a quest to make sure SmackDown isn't booty.04/25/2017 - 21:15
After being sent to SmackDown LIVE in the Superstar Shake-up, Rusev refuses to compete for Team Blue unless he receives a WWE Championship Match at Money in the Bank on June 18.04/25/2017 - 21:15
In a rematch of last week's main event, AJ Styles and Baron Corbin square off, as United States Champion Kevin Owens again watches from ringside.04/25/2017 - 21:00
Jason Jordan & Chad Gable recall their quickest victories in amateur wrestling ahead of tonight's Tag Team Beat the Clock Challenge on SmackDown LIVE.04/25/2017 - 18:30
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Takin' care of business
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- At Survivor Series, Undertaker meets Batista inside Hell in a Cell for the World Heavyweight Championship. So when word was released that The Phenom would face The Great Khali in a No Holds Barred Match this week on SmackDown, many -- including color commentator JBL -- wondered why The Deadman would jeopardize his chance at the gold.
Fear not, SmackDown faithful, because on Friday night, Undertaker proved he may be more ready than ever for Batista. The Deadman became only the second man ever to force Khali to tap out, submitting him with a Triangle Choke to win the No Holds Barred battle.
Throughout the show, our fans at home got to see several "Great Khali Moments," past instances of the Punjabi colossus wreaking havoc on his opponents -- Undertaker included. None of that seemed to faze The Phenom, however, as he was rip-roaring and ready to go from the opening bell.
Often called the Best Pure Striker in WWE by Michael Cole, Undertaker backed up that claim by battering the Punjabi powerhouse early in the bout. And even when Khali took control, locking Undertaker in his devastating Vise Grip after a massive chop, The Phenom showed the resilience that has made him a five-time World Champion. While the move has put away some of WWE's biggest Superstars -- including The Phenom, who felt its wrath last week -- Undertaker somehow found a way out, becoming the first Superstar to break the Vise Grip.
That wasn't the end of the monster's onslaught, however. Moments after The Phenom delivered a chokeslam, Khali recovered and assaulted him, dropping Undertaker with a Choke Bomb. Once again Undertaker adapted quickly. When Khali went in for another Vise Grip, The Phenom grabbed his long left arm, wrapped his legs around Khali's head and cinched in a Triangle Choke.
As JBL noted on commentary, Undertaker has recently become leaner -- he is weighing in under 300 pounds for the first time in many years -- and begun to sprinkle in a technical aspect to his already impressive striking game. In this case, the new game plan worked, as the Triangle Choke forced Khali to submit, a feat that only John Cena's STFU had accomplished until then.
Just over a week away from one of the biggest matches if his career, Undertaker felled a 7-foot-3 giant and looks more dangerous than ever. With that renewed focus -- plus plenty of potential fallout from next week's scheduled Batista vs. Mark Henry clash, for which you can see Batista's exclusive comments here -- will The Phenom be able to walk through Hell (in a Cell) and walk out of Survivor Series once again the World Heavyweight Champion?