Smackdown returns to network television, but this time it’s a big network; Smackdown debuts on FOX and they’re going all out for the premiere.
As we saw with RAW on Monday, WWE TV once again has pyro. Expect to see a lot of it on Smackdown tonight, which also has a new show opening, theme song, graphics, and commentary team (Michael Cole and Corey Graves). Smackdown Live, behind the scenes, is being overseen by Eric Bischoff.
Here’s what’s on tap for tonight’s big Friday Night Smackdown on FOX premiere:
- Kofi Kingston defends the WWE Championship against “The Beast” Brock Lesnar. - Kevin Owens and Shane McMahon put their careers on the line in a Ladder Match. - Becky Lynch teams with Charlotte Flair to take on Sasha Banks and Bayley. - Roman Reigns seeks revenge as he goes one-on-one with Erick Rowan. - Also tonight, The Rock returns home to WWE and Smackdown.
Rock will be joined by WWE Hall of Famers and celebrities in a star-studded premiere. The festivities begin tonight at 6:30pm CT when FOX hosts a “Blue Carpet” special.
Friday Night Smackdown airs LIVE tonight at 7pm CT on FOX.
Smackdown has been consistently great the past month or so.
I'd say Smackdown right now easily has the most stacked roster anywhere outside of Japan. Stacked top to bottom and all divisions well represented.
I enjoyed the opening to Smackdown. Something different, a nice way to start the show and it's obvious what happened and where that's going. But nevertheless, people just want to crap all over anything WWE does. Wouldn't be that bad if there was consistency in what they complained about.
WWE uses Hardy's real life issues in a story where he was clearly sest up by Sheamus and likely Corbin as well, and it's horrible and in poor taste. Randy Orton chokes Edge with a weight machine cable at WrestleMania days after the Benoit episode of Dark Side of the Ring and it's in poor taste and controversial. AEW tries to drown Matt Hardy days after Shad drowns for real, and it's perfectly fine.
I would be perfectly fine if nobody ever tried to drown or strangle another person with weightlifting equipment ever again. Its either cheap hear or bad comedy and AEW shouldn't get a pass when they do tacky/offensive crap either, although I don't believe it was intentional, but c'mon. If Spiderman can edit out the world trade center scene in 2002, AEW can not film or edit a drowning scene in 2020.