WWE SmackDown is also known as SmackDown Live which was a pro wrestling TV show produced by WWE since 1999. In 2002, the WWE divided its roster into two to create Raw and SmackDown brands. This process of splitting is called the ‘brand extension’.
History of SmackDown
Having debuted the WWE SmackDown in the year 1999, the initial show was broadcasted on Thursdays which was moved to Friday and now since 2016, it is telecasted live on Tuesday night. The SmackDown show celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2014 and will be celebrating its 1000th episode on October 16, 2018. The taped episodes premiered a few hours earlier in some of the countries even a day earlier before switching to the current live format.
The first SmackDown show was aired on the UPN network. It has been officially announced on June 27, 2018, that the SmackDown would move to the Fox, beginning on October 2019 under a five-year contract. It should be noted that WWE ended the first brand extension in 2011 and once again reinstated it in 2016.
The WWE Championship is a world heavyweight championship on the SmackDown brand that was created by the World Wide Wrestling Federation. The WWE Championship is considered to be the oldest championship currently active in the WWE and is the most prestigious title including WWE’s flagship event WrestleMania.
As a result of the reintroduction of the WWE brand extension, a subsequent draft was made on July 19, 2016, which excluded the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship. On telecasting the episode of SmackDown Live on August 23, 2016, the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship was inaugurated.
The WWE United States Championship was introduced in 1975 as the version of the National Wrestling Alliance United States Heavyweight Championship. Hence the United States Championship is the only active WWE championship that was not created in the promotion.
The American professional wrestling championship is the governing body of the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship. It is the eighth overall male tag team championship to have existed in the WWE. This professional wrestling world tag team competition was created to be the counterpart title to the WWE tag team championship.
WWE SmackDown Live stream
The Hulu and the WWE approved to host all the live episodes of the SmackDown. On signing a multi-year deal with the WWE, they agreed to air all of the company’s shows and some of its web series along with the SmackDown. Like WWE Raw, the older episodes of the SmackDown are made available on the WWE Network and the recent ones can be seen after 30 days from the original date.
Since 2017, the archived WWE SmackDown episodes can be viewed on-demand via the WWE Network. An overall survey of the WWE SmackDown shows broadcasted all over the world are from 163 arenas, in 148 towns and cities and in seven countries.
WWE SmackDown TV Guide
The broadcasting networks of the live events vary from country to country. Some of the countries along with the telecasting network is given below:
- In Fiji, the SmackDown airs live on Sky Pacific and Sky Fiji.
- The Sony Ten network broadcasts live stream of the SmackDown in India and exclusive in Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.
- The web series of SmackDown airs live on TV5 in the Philippines which is an hour version of the event.
- The Starhub’s HubSports2 network broadcasts the live stream of SmackDown in Singapore.
- The South African viewers can enjoy the live streaming of the web series on SuperSport
- The SmackDown airs live on OSN in North and Middle East Africa
- The Sky Sports Main Event airs the live series of SmackDown in Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom. The re-telecasting of the show is shown on Sky Sports Arena
- In France, the web series air live on AB1 network
- The Sky Sports 2 telecasts the live stream of the series in Italy
- The SmackDown show is aired live in Germany on Thursdays at 10 pm on ProSieben MAXX.
- The Fox Sports network airs the live SmackDown events in Mexico, across Central, and South America