Fearless Nikki offers a first-look at her custom kicks for The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/22/2017 - 01:00
Things turn volatile between Shane-O-Mac and "The Face That Runs the Place" en route to their clash at The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/21/2017 - 23:00
Jimmy and Jey Uso make it clear that they've told everyone they were the best tag team from day one, and against American Alpha, they proved it.03/21/2017 - 22:45
The A-Lister and his bride claim to have unearthed supposed never-before-seen footage of Total Bellas.03/21/2017 - 22:45
With his girlfriend and WrestleMania partner Nikki Bella in his corner, The Leader of The Cenation takes on one half of Breezango.03/21/2017 - 22:45
Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose sticks a fork(lift) into The Lone Wolf's first-ever match against The Viper.03/21/2017 - 22:00
Armed with new power from Sister Abigail, The New Face of Fear and his followers trap The Viper.03/21/2017 - 22:00
Following The Usos' non-title victory one week ago, Chad Gable & Jason Jordan go to war with their longstanding rivals for the SmackDown Tag Team Titles.03/21/2017 - 21:30
The A-Lister and his bride claim to have unearthed supposed never-before-seen footage of Total Bellas.03/21/2017 - 21:30
The "Face That Runs the Place" plans to run through Shane McMahon at The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/21/2017 - 21:00
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.03/15/2017 - 13:15
Refusing to give in following AJ Styles' vicious attack, Shane McMahon announces a startling match for The Ultimate Thrill Ride.03/14/2017 - 22:30
Weeks after The Viper burned down the Wyatt Family Compound, The New Fear of Fear returns more powerful than ever.03/14/2017 - 22:15
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.