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
SmackDown: The Best of 2005
It was another banner year for the SmackDown brand. During the year, SmackDown became the force that is changing television on Friday nights. SmackDown went from bodyslamming the competition on Thursday nights to bringing in some of UPN's highest Friday night ratings ever after the big move. Then again, when looking back at what an action-packed year 2005 was, it's no wonder it was such a successful year for the SmackDown brand.
Batista has dominated SmackDown ever since coming over to SmackDown in the Draft Lottery in June. This week's SmackDown took a look back at the World Heavyweight Champion's rise to dominance. Batista reached the top of the mountain at WrestleMania 21 when he defeated Triple H for the gold, and SmackDown took a special look back at this epic clash.
It was also a huge year for JBL. The self-proclaimed Wrestling God started to become a dominant force on SmackDown in 2004, and he just continued full-steam ahead in 2005. He became the longest running champion in more than 10 years, and he declared himself to be Mr. SmackDown. He was even the focal point of a "Celebration of Excellence." SmackDown took a look back at this unprecedented event.
Away from the ring, SmackDown and the entire WWE family was devastated by the untimely passing of Eddie Guerrero. Eddie was well-liked and respected by all of his peers, and the tragic news hit hard. Before Eddie's passing, he was one of the top performers on SmackDown. His friendship-turned-rivalry with Rey Mysterio captivated audiences almost all year long. Eddie and Rey started out as the best of friends and even won the WWE Tag Team Championship. But after suffering a few losses to Mysterio in friendly matches, Guerrero became obsessed with beating him. This led to a heated rivalry that produced some of the greatest matches of the year.
Chris Benoit and Booker T also had a great rivalry in 2005. In fact, it's one that still burns strong today. Benoit and Booker used to be considered close friends. But Benoit lost respect for Booker when he found out that Booker knew his wife, Sharmell, was cheating to help her man win matches. While it may not have been ethical, it led to Booker defeating Benoit for the U.S. Championship. The belt was soon held up, though, after a controversial finish to one of their matches. GM Theodore Long ordered a Best of Seven Series to determine an undisputed Champion, reminiscent of their WCW rivalry. Booker T is currently up 3-1, but you can never count out the Rabid Wolverine.
The Best of 2005 edition of SmackDown covered all of these huge moments and more including the huge rivalry between Randy Orton and Undertaker, SmackDown's dominance at Survivor Series and the debut of the bizarre Boogeyman.