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WWE SmackDown

SmackDown Live, also known as the blue brand of WWE, is a two-hour-long weekly sports entertainment program. From the 4th of October 2019, SmackDown has moved to FOX on Friday Nights, from the USA Network. In addition to this broadcast home, the show is broadcast internationally across continents on a variety of networks just like WWE’s other showcase brand Monday Night RAW. WWE SmackDown is also the second-longest-running weekly television series in American history, right behind RAW.


  1. WWE SmackDown History
  2. WWE SmackDown Roster
  3. SmackDown General Managers
  4. Where to watch SmackDown Live?



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WWE SmackDown History


WWE RAW which began in 1993 has always been the A-brand and the flagship show for the company. The Monday Night Wars began when WCW began to counter-program WWE RAW with WCW Nitro in 1995. At the very height of the Monday Night Wars, with WWE, WCW would launch yet another show called Thunder in 1998. SmackDown! was WWE’s way to counter Thunder with their own dose of two-hour programming, starting in April 1999. 

At the outset it was assumed that this would be a show only filled with WWE divas, but in time, the idea was dropped, and it became a second brand for WWE. The Attitude Era was also the first and only time in history when WWE had two faces instead of one, in Steve Austin and The Rock, and SmackDown was often referred to as the latter’s show, based on the fact that ‘laying the Smack Down’ would be something that he would say.

WWE SmackDown Theme Songs


Since the debut of the Blue Brand, the company has had some over-the-top music to kick off Friday Nights. Here are all the theme songs of Friday Night SmackDown.

Theme SongArtistActive Duration
Everybody on the GroundJim Johnston1999-2001
The Beautiful PeopleMarilyn Manson2001-2003
I Want it AllJim Johnston2003-2004
Rise UpDrowning Pool2004-2008
If You Rock Like MeJim Johnston2008-2009
Let it RollDivide the Day2009-2010
HangmanRev Theory2010-2013
Know your EnemyGreen Day2010-2012
Born to Run7 Lions2012-2014
This LifeCFO$2014-2015
CenturiesFall Out Boy2015 (Only used for SmackDown's 15 years celebration)
Black and BlueCFO$2015-2016
Take a ChanceCFO$2016-2019
VictoriousPanic! at the Disco2016 (Only used for SmackDown's 1000th episode)
Prime Time OpenJim Johnston2021 (Only used for SmackDown throwback)
Are you ReadyAC/DC2019- 2022
Nobody Better Than MeDef rebel ft. Supreme Madness2022- Present


The brand extension


WCW shut shop in the year 2001 and a whole host of WCW Superstars would sign with WWE, where the roster became far too stacked. Because the roster was so full, and because Vince McMahon believed that he would have to create his own competition, RAW and SmackDown Live became separate brands in the year 2002, with what’s known as the brand extension. 

This would continue all the way up to the year 2011, when the brand split was effectively dissolved. But then once again in the year 2016, the rosters split into WWE RAW and SmackDown Live, with superstars becoming exclusive to their brand. This would be diluted in a sense, with the Wild Card Rule, which is something implemented by Vince McMahon where a set number of performers from one brand could show up on another. 



WWE SmackDown Roster


The titles that belong to the WWE roster on SmackDown Live are as follows- the Universal Championship, the SmackDown Women’s Championship and the SmackDown Tag Team Championship

Either the Intercontinental Championship or the United States Championship become native to SmackDown Live based on that year’s Superstar shake-up.

These WWE Champions defend their Championships at PPVs, SmackDown tapings and WWE Live Events, based on existing storylines. The SmackDown schedule is truly rigorous and just as difficult as the one RAW superstars follow. 

Current WWE Champions

WWE Undisputed Universal Champion Roman Reigns

SmackDown Women's Champion Ronda Rousey
Intercontinental Champion Gunther
WWE Undisputed Tag Team Champions' Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso
WWE Women's Tag Team Champions' Io Sky and Dakota Kai

SmackDown 1000


SmackDown would celebrate its 1000th episode in 2018, which was a special affair filled with stars from the past. Evolution, The Undertaker, Edge, Rey Mysterio, and others would show up and celebrate the grand occasion. The seeds for the WrestleMania match between Triple H and Batista would be sown at the event.

SmackDown General Managers


There have been many authority figures in SmackDown history with Stephanie McMahon, Vickie Guerrero, Paul Heyman and Booker T being the most prominent ones in the whole lot. But perhaps nobody left a bigger impression on the brand than Theodore Long, a man who became synonymous with the blue brand. Currently, Adam Pearce acts as the on-screen executive.

Shane McMahon became the Commissioner of SmackDown Live in the year 2016, and under his reign, there were two major General Managers. The first was Daniel Bryan, who would relinquish his position to the second GM, Paige after he returned to in-ring competition at WrestleMania. In addition to the Superstars and the authority figures, the cast also consists of on-air personnel like announcers, ring-announcers and timekeepers, in addition to a backstage crew. 


Hottest SmackDown News on Sportskeeda

To follow the hottest wrestling news from WWE SmackDown, just click here, and also get access to rumors, opinion pieces, features and much more. SmackDown Live results will go up immediately after the show concludes, and a live card brings you all the action as it happens, in case you happen to miss the same. Once the show is done, a ‘Best and Worst’ analysis article will go up with comprehensive coverage of what went down on SmackDown.

So, whether you’re looking for SmackDown news, SmackDown rumors, SmackDown results, or even news and rumors about any of the other WWE brands - WWE RAW, NXT 2.0 , or NXT Europe, you’ve come to the right place. Sportskeeda is your one stop destination for everything WWE and pro wrestling. To stay updated with what’s happening in the world of pro wrestling, follow Sportskeeda on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, and Instagram

Where to watch SmackDown?

Viewers in the USA can watch SmackDown every Friday night on FOX and Peacock, while those in India can do the same on Sony TEN 1 and SONY TEN 3, in addition to clips on WWE’s official Youtube Channel. 

How long is WWE SmackDown?

The runtime of Friday Night SmackDown is two hours including commercial breaks.

Where is the next WWE SmackDown going to be held?

The next edition of WWE SmackDown will be held on the 18th of November at the XL Center in Hartford, CT.

Last Updated: 18th November 2022












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