WWE SmackDown (also stylized as Friday Night SmackDown) is a sports entertainment television program for WWE. As of 2010 it airs on Syfy in the United States. The show's name is also used to refer to the SmackDown brand, in which WWE employees are assigned to work and perform on that program.
From its launch in 1999, SmackDown broadcast on Thursday nights, but on September 9, 2005, the show moved to Friday nights. The show originally debuted in the United States on the UPN television network on April 29, 1999, but after the merger of UPN and the WB, SmackDown began airing on The CWTN in 2006. The show remained on the CW network for two years until it was announced that it would move to MyNetworkTV in October 2008. SmackDown moved to Syfy on October 1, 2010.
Due to time differences, SmackDown premieres a few hours earlier in Ireland and the UK and a day earlier in Australia, Singapore, and Philippines than the United States. For international broadcast listings, see below. WWE SmackDown also currently airs on a 3-week tape delay in South Africa on private broadcaster e.tv, on Wednesdays at 8.30pm.
- ↑ Wallenstein, Andrew (2008-02-08). "CW, "SmackDown" Part Ways". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 2008-05-02. http://web.archive.org/web/20080502192425/http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/news/e3i55bff7bc1a68ecef11e4dc915b1479f8. Retrieved 2008-02-09.
- ↑ "MyNetworkTV Crowns WWE Its New Programming Champ". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2008-02-28. http://corporate.wwe.com/news/2008/2008_02_26.jsp. Retrieved 2009-10-07.
- ↑ "SmackDown Goes SyFy". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2010-04-13. http://corporate.wwe.com/news/2010/WWECorporate-2010_04_13.jsp. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
- ↑ Flint, Joe (2010-04-12). "WWE's "SmackDown" Moving to Syfy". Los Angeles Times. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/entertainmentnewsbuzz/2010/04/wwes-smackdown-moving-to-syfy-.html. Retrieved 2010-04-13.