WWE Smackdown going live, roster split returning

For years, WWE Smackdown has been known as the company’s secondary weekly show. Smackdown debuted nearly a decade after Monday Night Raw, the WWE’s flagship show, and is pre-taped every week.

However, many may start looking at the show as some sort of competition going into the future.

Wednesday morning, WWE announced that they would be making major changes to later this year. Not only would they be moving Smackdown to Tuesday nights, but it would also become a live event, just like it’s Monday night counterpart.

The show will remain two hours and will likely boost their ratings a bit more now that fans can’t just read what happened online. The company also announced Smackdown will feature its own unique roster of talents, meaning that the rumored brand split is returning for the first time since 2008.

“WWE’s flagship programs will both leverage the incredible depth of our talent roster, distinct storylines and the unpredictable nature of live TV,” WWE Chairman Vince McMahon said. “This move will undoubtedly build more excitement and deepen engagement with our fans around th­e world.”

The change is scheduled to take place July 19.

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