WWE has decided to pay an increased amount of attention to redeveloping the SmackDown show that has often been called the "B-show" since it's move to the USA Network.
In an effort to do this, WWE has announced several changes to the way in which SmackDown is run. Firstly, SmackDown will be getting its own exclusive roster that will be decided next week. The date of the show has also changed to Tuesdays, and the show will be broadcast live on the USA Network.
After listening to recent promos from the likes of Shane McMahon, and seeing statements on the WWE app, it appears that WWE may be changing the name from simply 'SmackDown', to 'SmackDown LIVE', to celebrate the new change.
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When the show was created, it was originally called 'SmackDown!', but the exclamation mark was later dropped, meaning the show has been referred to as simply SmackDown for several years now.
Recently, when SmackDown has been mentioned on WWE television, it has been called "SmackDown LIVE". This might just be a promotional tactic to remind people that it is now live and then fade away, or it could be something more - like a change to the brand's name.
This comes after an in-ring segment between the McMahon family on Monday Night Raw in regards to the running of SmackDown. It was announced that both Raw and SmackDown Live would be getting general managers to assist the commissioners.
A recent WWE app update appears to have spoiled the reveal of SmackDown Live's general manager, and that person could be Daniel Bryan. Although this could be wrong, it seems quite apparent that it is Daniel Bryan as it came from the official WWE app controlled by WWE themselves. In the statement, SmackDown is referred to as "SmackDown LIVE" each time.
WWE also appears to have leaked a brand new SmackDown logo, which features the possible name change to "SmackDown LIVE." It seems that the actual change to the name and logo will come on either the day of the brand extension or shortly after it.
Nothing has been formally confirmed by WWE yet, but with the graphics now changing and the way SmackDown is written in WWE reports, it certainly appears as if WWE are going ahead with the name change.
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