As it seems, WWE SmackDown Live’s debut on FOX October 4th will not be the primary time WWE programming airs on the community this 12 months.
According to a report from PWInsider, FOX will air a “SmackDown’s Greatest Hits” present on Friday, September 27th at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. This can be precisely one week earlier than WWE debuts SmackDown on the community.
The broadcast can be an excellent primer for non-WWE followers who need to get into the product earlier than the large debut on October 4th. This kind of transfer shouldn’t be all that uncommon, as TNT lately aired an All Elite Wrestling particular previous to All Out a few weeks again and earlier than the promotion begins airing on the community.
The first SmackDown on FOX will happen in Los Angeles, California on the Staples Center on Friday, October 4th. The present is predicted to characteristic quite a few visitor appearances from legends of the previous as WWE celebrates 20 years of SmackDown.
SmackDown debuted as a weekly prime time tv present for WWE in August 1999, airing on the time (and for the primary a number of years) on UPN. Prior to that debut, a pilot episode was held in April 1999. Over the years, SmackDown went on to air on a number of different networks, together with The CW, My Network TV, SyFy Channel, and most lately the USA Network.
The present shifting to FOX is a serious boon for WWE as the corporate hasn’t had common programming accessible on a community with such a big viewers attain for the reason that heyday of Saturday Night’s Main Event on NBC. Even so, Saturday Night’s Main Event wasn’t a weekly broadcast, whereas SmackDown will turn into one of many cornerstones of the FOX community.
While FOX has already began promoting SmackDown’s arrival on the community, count on a serious push within the weeks forward throughout main sporting occasions, notably with a number of tie-ins anticipated throughout NFL broadcasts.