Smackdown to Remain Two Hours
Though there were some rumors earlier in the year that Smackdown could possibly expand to three hours following their move to Fox later on this year. Another report was that Smackdown would be moving back to Friday nights from Tuesday nights. There is no doubt that Smackdown had struggled at first with fans having to adjust to the show being on a new night and even though they have had a good track record recently having solid shows the ratings don't reflect it.
A few weeks ago we found some great news that a few weeks of fear that Smackdown would end up like Raw by going to three hours. I am sure that every WWE fan was overjoyed when they found out that Smackdown Live would be remaining a two hour show even after it moves to Fox this fall. This will be what's best for the blue brand as it not only separates it from Raw and allows the program to still have it's own identity. It is also worth it to mention that the company will have a studio show set to debut on FS1 this fall on the former home of Smackdown Live on Tuesday Night. More than likely this could be similar to the old "Talking Smack" network show but I think it's possible that both Raw & Smackdown would be included in the set to debut FS1 show.
The other thing to note was that even though Smackdown Live will be moving back to Friday Night in it's old time slot. At this point Smackdown has been on the air for twenty years and for the most part had been tapped up until 2016. In 2016 upon the return of the brand split the company made the switch from Smackdown being tapped to airing the show live. Upon the move to Fox the blue brand will remain as a live program instead of reverting back to a tapped broadcast. Overall this will be interesting to find out how exactly the move to Fox and the arrival of All Elite Wrestling on National Television.
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