The Lone Wolf shares his thoughts after brutally attacking Sami Zayn on SmackDown LIVE.05/23/2017 - 23:30
The Phenomenal One and WWE's Rockstar clash with The New Face of America and The Showoff in SmackDown LIVE's main event.05/23/2017 - 22:45
The Fashion Police get another chance to dethrone The Usos as SmackDown Tag Team Champions.05/23/2017 - 22:30
Tyler Breeze takes on Jey Uso, and Fandango battles Jimmy Uso in one-on-one competition.05/23/2017 - 22:30
Jinder Mahal throws a lavish Punjabi Celebration in honor of his WWE Championship victory at WWE Backlash.05/23/2017 - 22:15
When the SmackDown LIVE women all try to make their case for a title opportunity, Commissioner Shane McMahon announces a huge match for next week.05/23/2017 - 22:00
In a rematch from WWE Backlash, The Underdog from the Underground tries to make it two in a row against The Lone Wolf.05/23/2017 - 22:00
After Shane McMahon makes the match official, tensions rise between the participants in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match.05/23/2017 - 21:30
After a crushing defeat at WWE Backlash, Breezango, SmackDown LIVE's Fashion Police, dejectedly attempt to turn in their badges to Commissioner Shane McMahon.05/23/2017 - 21:30
The Ravishing Russian is ready for her SmackDown LIVE debut.05/23/2017 - 21:30
After Sunday's heated Six-Woman Tag Team Match, Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch try to stop the "welcoming committee" on SmackDown LIVE.05/23/2017 - 21:15
The eerie Erick Rowan creeps around backstage with an unsettling mask.05/23/2017 - 19:30
Ahead of Jinder Mahal's first SmackDown LIVE as WWE Champion, The Modern-Day Maharaja's custom plates are added to the prestigious title.05/23/2017 - 19:45
A rookie Randy Orton has to take a break from his workout after Stacy Keibler stops by to wish him good luck with a kiss!05/11/2017 - 15:45
WWE Top 10 takes you back to this week's SmackDown LIVE to revisit the show's most thrilling, physical and controversial moments.05/17/2017 - 11:15
The No. 1 contenders to the WWE and United States Championships clashed on SmackDown LIVE. See how the match unfolded in this thrilling-slow-motion video.05/17/2017 - 11:00
With his WWE Championship defense at WWE Backlash looming, The Viper takes on the dangerous Baron Corbin in SmackDown LIVE's main event.05/16/2017 - 23:45
Eck’s Factor: SmackDown 11/4 analysis
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Here are my takes on the big stories from Friday night’s SmackDown that the WWE Universe is talking about on Facebook, Twitter and WWE.com.
Talking point: Randy Orton defeats Cody Rhodes in a Street Fight
Eck’s Factor: What a way to kick off the broadcast. The former allies turned bitter rivals engaged in an entertaining brawl that took up nearly a quarter of the show. Ultimately, it was Orton who got his hand raised in victory, but by pushing Orton to the limit, Rhodes came out of this match a bigger star than he was beforehand. The match felt as if it was the final chapter in their rivalry, as Orton not only beat Rhodes, but he also placed one of Rhodes’ own paper bags over his head after it was over. In addition, Rhodes’ protective facemask was cracked during the match. I’m very interested to see where Rhodes goes from here. On a side note, as good as this match was, I miss the old days of pro wrestling when a street fight meant the combatants wore t-shirts and jeans (tucked into their cowboy boots). Who wears trunks and wrestling boots to a street fight?
Talking point: Rematch between World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry and Big Show is set for Survivor Series
Eck’s Factor: After Big Show and Henry got into it physically following Big Show’s interference in the non-title match between Henry and Daniel Bryan, SmackDown General Manager Teddy Long announced that he was granting Big Show’s request for a title rematch at the Nov. 20 pay-per-view. I’m really looking forward to Round 2 of the battle of the behemoths. I’m also curious as to whether there will be any type of stipulation placed on the match. At the very least, I hope Long remembers to have the ring specially reinforced that night.
Talking point: Daniel Bryan considers cashing in his Money in the Bank contract on Mark Henry
Eck’s Factor: Last week on SmackDown, Bryan ended his losing streak, and for a split-second this week, I actually thought he might be winning the World Heavyweight Title from Henry. After Big Show delivered his knockout punch to Henry (which resulted in Bryan losing the match to Henry by disqualification), he convinced a half-conscious Bryan to take advantage of the situation and cash in his MITB contract. Just as Bryan was about to officially cash it in, however, Henry made it back to his feet and hit the World’s Strongest Slam on him. One thing I was reminded of as I watched this unfold is that the crowd really does care about Bryan when it is given a reason to. I’m interested to see if he ultimately ends up sticking to his vow of not cashing in the contract until WrestleMania XXVIII.
Talking point: Wade Barrett defeats Sheamus
Eck’s Factor: Sure, Barrett needed outside interference from Christian to attain the victory, but wins over The Great White have been so few and far between these days that even a tainted victory over him is impressive. Barrett – who seems to be getting on a roll again – and Sheamus have similar, hard-hitting styles, and I would love to see more matches between them. One thing about Friday’s match that didn’t add up for me, however, was that Sheamus kept kicking out of Barrett’s pin attempts at one, yet he wasn’t able to kick out of a simple roll-up after being distracted by Christian. I suppose it was the element of surprise. Either that or perhaps Sheamus was expecting his family member Beaker to make the save.
Talking point: Hunico interferes in Sin Cara’s match against newcomer Epico
Eck’s Factor: While I initially wasn’t too excited about the Sin Cara-Hunico rivalry continuing, I am somewhat intrigued by what appears to be a new wrinkle in the form of Epico. In his SmackDown debut, Epico was having a good back-and-forth match against Cara until Hunico came out and attacked his nemesis. After the match, Hunico and Epico proceeded to double-team the masked man. For those in the WWE Universe who keep an eye on WWE’s developmental promotion in Florida, the Hunico-Epico alliance doesn’t come as a surprise, as they have competed there as a tag team. Perhaps in addition to making life miserable for Cara, the tandem of Hunico and Epico will give a much-needed shot in the arm to WWE’s tag team division.
Talking point: Ted DiBiase defeats Tyson Kidd
Eck’s Factor: It was nice to see DiBiase in the win column for a change. DiBiase is obviously a talented in-ring performer, but for whatever reason, he’s had difficulty getting over to a significant degree with the WWE Universe. In retrospect, doing the Million Dollar Man Junior gimmick probably wasn’t the best idea for him. His Hall of Fame father was so good in that role that anyone else doing it simply comes off as a cheap imitation. DiBiase’s new man-of-the-people persona seems like a better fit, and I like the DiBiase Posse concept (DiBiase has been hosting tailgate parties with fans in the parking lot before WWE live events). However, DiBiase is going to have a tough time convincing people that he’s just a down-home guy who loves to hunt, fish and tailgate as long as he keeps coming out to the “I Come From Money” entrance music. Here’s an idea: Since Jesse and Festus aren’t around anymore, perhaps DiBiase can start using their old “Biscuits and Gravy” theme.