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
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Who's really on the Edge?
TAMPA, Fla. -- The battle lines have been drawn: Friday night in Roanoke, Va., it will be World Heavyweight Champion Batista vs. No. 1 Contender Edge in a battle for the richest prize on SmackDown.
While the match may have come about via nefarious means -- namely, Edge's newly-revealed relationship with General Manager Vickie Guerrero -- it's one that both men are eagerly looking forward to. For the Rated-R Superstar, it's a chance to regain the title he was unceremoniously forced to relinquish due to injury four months ago; for The Animal, however, it's a chance to right a wrong, a chance to take out revenge for actions that he may have benefited from, but didn't particularly ask for.
When asked to comment on the upcoming match, Batista told WWE.com that he said everything he needed to last Friday night when he threatened Edge, saying, "You deserve every bit of the ass whooping I'm going to give you." The Animal did, however, offer one more piece of insight into his next World Heavyweight Championship defense:
"I'm really looking forward to it … yeah, I can't wait!"
Edge, on the other hand, was even more reserved, simply stating, "I'll do my talking in the ring."
While it's understandable that both men are looking forward to this match for obviously different reasons, there is an X Factor to this match: Undertaker. The Phenom can't be happy about the recent turn of events surrounding the World Heavyweight Championship, and he showed his disgust last Friday night by dropping SmackDown General Manager and fervent Edge supporter Vickie Guerrero on her head with a vicious Tombstone Piledriver.
If The Deadman's willing to attack the leader of the Blue Crew -- whether it was deserved or not -- over the recent transgressions of her new love interest, what is he going to do to Edge when he gets the chance? Turnabout is fair play, and that would mean an Undertaker attack on the Rated-R Superstar during next week's bout would be within the rules of battle.
At this point, it's hard to tell who the deck is stacked against most. It would seemingly be Edge, who not only has given both Batista and Undertaker reasons to annihilate him, but also watched his biggest ally carted out of the St. Pete Times Forum on a stretcher last week after Undertaker's attack.
Vickie Guerrero was taken to a local medical facility immediately after SmackDown, but as of yet there has been no update on her condition, and it is unclear if she will be able to be at Edge's side this Friday night. Given those circumstances, it seems that the Rated-R Superstar might be up the proverbial creek without a paddle.
However, is Batista really the one in trouble? Even without Vickie Guerrero, Edge is a bitter, crafty, cunning former champion who knows how to get the job done and isn't afraid to bend the rules to do it. Add in the fact that Undertaker admitted before Survivor Series that Batista's title is "the one thing I want most," and it would be easy to believe that even the concept of a common enemy might not save The Animal from The Phenom's wrath.
The entire World Heavyweight Championship scene is a powder keg right now, and even the smallest spark will set off quite possibly the biggest explosion ever. Someone has to walk away from it with the gold after the next Friday Night SmackDown … but what kind of shape will the winner be in?