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
'No Way Out' of being fired?
A shocking scene played out in front of the WWE Universe on the June 11 episode of Raw SuperShow. Mr. McMahon had just informed Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and Raw and SmackDown General Manager John Laurinaitis that if Big Show loses his Steel Cage Match against John Cena at No Way Out, the oft-maligned executive would be fired.
Then, the unthinkable happened and the war of words was capped off with a bang.
When the giant right hand of The World’s Largest Athlete connected squarely with Mr. McMahon’s forehead, the WWE Universe let out a collective gasp as The Chairman laid motionless in the middle of the ring. Whether the punch was intentional or not, Big Show’s leveling of Mr. McMahon set into motion a week of monumental moments, as Superstars and authority figures alike brace for No Way Out Sunday.
The ramifications of the punch heard ’round the WWE Universe were certainly felt Friday night on SmackDown when John Cena arrived in Manchester, N.H., primed to return the favor. Cena came itching for a fight and scoured the arena in search of Big Show. But his efforts were for naught as John Laurinaitis informed the Cenation leader that he sent The World’s Largest Athlete home. Big Johnny then dropped another bomb: Per the WWE Board of Directors, the main event Sunday night will take place no matter what.
That was all Cena needed to hear; the Cenation leader came to SmackDown with an itchy trigger finger, just looking to punch someone — and Big Johnny happened to be standing right in front of him. Ever ready with an escape plan, though, Laurinaitis was quick to point out that if Cena lays his hands on him and if Big Show is victorious Sunday night, his first act in his continuing role of GM would be to fire Cena.
After taking a moment to think about the possible consequences, Cena came to the conclusion that some guys just need to be punched in the face. The Cenation Commander-in-Chief laid out Big Johnny and sent a clear message about his predictions come Sunday night.
No matter who emerges victorious from the steel cage, though, one thing is set in stone — one way or another, someone is getting fired as a result of the match. Whether that person will be John Laurinaitis or John Cena is left to be seen.
For his part, Big Show has promised a "calculated, deliberate and uncomfortable" attack on Cena Sunday night at No Way Out. Will the words of The World’s Largest Athlete ring true? Or can the Cenation leader rise above the giant’s rampage and, in the process, end John Laurinaitis’ reign of “People Power”? Find out this Sunday, at 8 ET/5 PT, only on pay-per-view.