Finally, the official announcement came from the WWE. WWE Smackdown is heading towards its old glory. WWE has decided to treat Raw and Smackdown as separate brands like earlier. On July 19th, Smackdown will be treated as a separate brand from Raw getting a slot at 8/7 PM CT on the USA on Tuesdays. The more exciting news is that the show will start airing live.
As an official statement on its website wwe.com issued the statement which is as follows:
“A SmackDown shakeup is about to completely reshape all of the WWE. Beginning July 19, the second longest-running weekly episodic program in television history, SmackDown, will move from Thursday to Tuesday nights and air LIVE each and every week — for the first time ever — at 8/7 C on USA Network, the exclusive cable home to WWE’s marquee properties.”
With that being said it is evident that Smackdown will have its own roster and we will get back the most exciting WWE Draft. Needless to say, this definitely indicates new titles reintroduced, new feuds for Smackdown with new superstars. Stay tuned for further updates from wwe.com.
In Vince McMahon’s own words, “WWE’s flagship programs will both leverage the incredible depth of our talent roster, distinct storylines and the unpredictable nature of live TV. This move will undoubtedly build more excitement and deepen engagement with our fans around the world.”
WWE SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program television history with 874 episodes. It is only behind to WWE’s flagship show Monday Night Raw which this week has aired its 1200th episode. From the very beginning, WWE Smackdown was treated as a separate brand from Raw. WWE Raw had its own roster which did not compete on Smackdown. On the other hands, Smackdown had its own bunch of Superstars which did wrestle on the Monday’s flagship show from WWE. The merge was done in 2012 when Triple H came in charge and decided to name it WWE Monday Night Raw SuperShow. Since then there are not much of a brand split and the roster is available on both of the shows.
Now, with the baton of the WWE being in the hands of the McMahon son and daughter, it is the right time to make the much-anticipated brand split happen. There are numerous superstars emerging from the NXT division and with stars like John Cena and Seth Rollins returning in action with Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt waiting to come back from injury, the roster looks stronger than ever. Let’s wait and watch for the D-day to occur as the unpredictable New Era of WWE continues.