Monday Night RAW may be the WWE’s flagship show right now, but back in the early 2000s when the company launched their SmackDown program, it certainly gave RAW a run for its money.
RAW has been dominating the professional wrestling viewing experience for fans for decades now, but WWE decided to add yet another major wrestling show in SmackDown back in 1999.
The show got its name, SmackDown, from future Hall Of Famer The Rock. He was a major part of the program when he was still a full time talent. Since then, the program has presented fans with a ton of memorable moments.
Stars such as John Cena, Eddie Guerrero, John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL), Rey Mysterio, and many more grew into mega-stars on a weekly basis on SmackDown.
While it may have taken the label of “The B Show” in the past several years, there’s no denying the rich history and impact the show has had on the WWE, and the professional wrestling industry as a whole.
Today, SmackDown is live every Tuesday on the USA Network, but just signed a billion dollar broadcasting deal to begin airing on FOX in 2019.
This is a major milestone for not only SmackDown Live, but the WWE. The program also plays host to some of the biggest names in wrestling today; such as WWE Champion AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Daniel Bryan, Charlotte Flair, Samoa Joe and so many more.
WWE is heading into 20 years of SmackDown come 2019, and according to a report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider, the company has plans to make the 20th anniversary show a big one.
Johnson noted that the 20th anniversary of SmackDown could very well be similar to the RAW 25 anniversary that was done earlier this year (quotes via Ringside News):
“I know they are going to ramp up and do a big 20th year SmackDown celebration. That’s already on their books for next year.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they did a SmackDown book like they did the RAW 25th Anniversary book.”
RAW 25 didn’t receive the best reception from wrestling fans when it was all said and done, so it should be interesting to see if WWE takes things to the next level for SmackDown Live.
What are your thoughts on WWE planning a major show for SmackDown’s 20th anniversary in 2019? Let us know your thoughts on the matter in the comments section below!
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