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WWE SmackDown - Wikipedia WWE SmackDown also currently referred to as SmackDown Live or simply SmackDown is a professional wrestling television program that debuted on April 29 1999 WWE Raw 100 The Top 100 Moments In Raw History The shows name is also used to refer to the SmackDown brand in which WWE employees are assigned to work and perform on that program currently the other brands are Raw and NXT SmackDown is currently broadcast live on Tuesday nights on the USA Network The show was originally broadcast on Thursday nights but moved to Friday on September 9 2005 before returning to Thursdays on January 15 20158 On July 19 2016 it was moved to a live broadcast on Tuesday night 9SmackDown 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 CW in September 2006 The show was moved to MyNetworkTV in October 20081011 to Syfy on October 1 201012 and to USA Network on January 7 2016 456 It complements Raw as the second of WWEs two main weekly programs As of March 3 2017 all archived episodes of the show are available for on demand viewing via the WWE Network In its history SmackDown has been broadcast from 162 different arenas in 147 cities and towns in seven different countries the United States Canada the United Kingdom Iraq in 2003 and 2004 for Tribute to the Troops Japan in 2005 Italy in 2007 and Mexico in 2011 Prior to switching to the current live format taped episodes premiered a few hours earlier in Ireland and the United Kingdom and a day earlier in Australia Canada Singapore and Philippines than the United States due to time differences For international broadcast listings see below The show celebrated its 15th anniversary on October 10 201414 and its 900th episode on November 15 2016 Contents 1 History 1 1 Original format 1999–2001 1 2 Brand extension 2002–2005 1 3 Changing channels 1 3 1 The CW 2006–2008 1 3 2 MyNetworkTV 2008–2010 1 4 NBCUniversal 1 4 1 Syfy and end of brand extension 2010–2015 1 4 2 Return to Thursday nights 2015 1 4 3 USA Network 2016–present 1 4 4 Move to Tuesday nights and second brand extension 2016–present 2 Production 2 1 Theme music 3 Cultural references 4 Special episodes 5 Onair personalities 6 Champions 7 Broadcast 7 1 Canada 7 2 AsiaPacific and Africa 7 3 Europe 7 4 Latin America 7 5 Online streaming 8 See also 9 References 9 1 Notes 9 2 Citations 10 External links Historyedit Original format 1999–2001edit The official set used from the shows debut from April 29 1999 until August 9 2001 The early set included an ovalshaped TitanTron entrance and stage dubbed the Ovaltron which made it stand out from the Raw set with its rectangular Titantrons Later productions gained the ability to move the Ovaltron either to the left or to the right of the stage Throughout the shows early existence The Rock routinely called SmackDown his show in reference to the fact that the name was derived from one of his catchphrases Layeth the smackdown 15 In August 2001 as part of celebrating SmackDowns second anniversary the show received a new logo and set The last SmackDown to use the previous entrance stage was the August 9 2001 episode which saw Alliance member Rhyno gore WWF Team member Chris Jericho through the center screen destroying part of the set As a result of that incident a new set debuted the following week and it consisted of a fist centered above the entrance and many glass panes along the sides strongly resembling shattered glass Brand extension 2002–2005edit Main article WWE brand extension Tazz was a SmackDown commentator from February 2001 to October 2001 from April 2002 to June 2006 and from August 2008 to April 2009 In March 2002 WWE underwent the brand extension16 a process in which WWE divided itself into two branches with separate rosters storylines and authority figures 16 The two divisions hosted by and named after Raw and SmackDown would compete against each other The split resulted from WWE purchasing its two biggest competitors World Championship Wrestling WCW and Extreme Championship Wrestling ECW and the subsequent doubling of its roster and championships The brand extension was made public during a telecast of Raw on March 18 2002 initiated with the first draft a week later on the March 25 2002 episode of Raw and became official on the April 1 2002 episode of Raw Michael Cole was joined in commentary by Tazz on April 4 2002 until June 9 2006 Cole and Tazz also appeared as the commentators on February 22 2001 through June 28 2001 and August 2 2001 through October 18 2001 Wrestlers began to wrestle exclusively for their specific show At the time this excluded the WWE Undisputed Championship and Womens Championship as those WWE titles would be defended on both shows 16 In August 2002 then WWE Undisputed Champion Brock Lesnar refused to defend the title on Raw in effect causing his title to become exclusive to SmackDown 16 The following week on Raw General Manager Eric Bischoff awarded a newly instated World Heavyweight Championship to Raws designated 1 contender Triple H Accordingly Lesnars championship was no longer deemed undisputed Following this the Womens Championship soon became a Raw exclusive as well As a result of the brand extension an annual draft was instituted to exchange members of each roster and generally refresh the lineups SmackDown was the home brand for many top WWE stars including Eddie Guerrero The Undertaker Kurt Angle Big Show and JBL Guerrero would go on to become the WWE Champion as part of the show thus becoming the main feature of SmackDown throughout 2004 and the most popular wrestler of that year The biggest star of the next decade John Cena started his WWE career on this show and rose to stardom as Doctor of Thuganomics on the show He won his first WWE Championship during his tenure on the brand On June 6 2005 then WWE Champion John Cena switched brands from SmackDown to Raw as part of the monthlong draft lottery This effectively left SmackDown without a world title On the June 23 2005 episode of SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long scheduled a sixman elimination match between John Bradshaw Layfield Booker T Chris Benoit The Undertaker Christian replacing Big Show who was picked by Raw in the lottery and Muhammad Hassan to crown the first SmackDown Champion On the June 30 2005 episode of SmackDown Layfield won the match but Long appeared afterward and stated that even though he had won the match SmackDown did not need a championship anymore instead revealing that Layfield was the number one contender for the World Heavyweight championship at which point Batista then World Heavyweight Champion entered the ring as SmackDowns final draft lottery pick WWEs lame duck status with Viacom on Spike TV may have prompted it to move SmackDown to the Friday night death slot for the fall 2005 season UPN received better ratings on Fridays than it did before with its movie night In addition UPN had been able to hold on to the ratings from Thursday nights most notably with comedian Chris Rocks sitcom Everybody Hates Chris In January 2006 UPN renewed SmackDown for two more years 17 After Star Trek Enterprise had been cancelled SmackDown moved into Enterprises former timeslot WWE promoted this move with the tagline TV thats changing Friday nights SmackDown made its season premiere on September 9 2005 The program still aired on Thursdays in Canada on the Score In the United Kingdom Ireland and Australia their stations Sky Sports and Fox8 aired SmackDown on Fridays before the United States due to the time difference This was the first time a major weekly WWE show aired internationally before it hit screens in the United States The events of Hurricane Katrina affected the first episode of SmackDown in the United States due to the special fundraising concert that aired on UPN at the same time that the first episode would have gone out resulting in only the second hour of the show being shown on UPN while the first hour was instead streamed from WWEs website Other countries including Canada United Kingdom Australia and the Philippines received the full twohour show WWORTV My 9 New York New York also aired both hours of the show on tape delay on Saturday due to a previous commitment to broadcast the New York Yankees on Friday nights At the Friday Night SmackDown taping on January 10 2006 that aired January 13 Batista had to forfeit the World Heavyweight Championship because of a legit triceps injury suffered at the hands of Mark Henry the previous week Long decreed a battle royal for the vacant title which was won by Kurt Angle who was on the Raw brand but switched to the SmackDown brand for the duration of his reign as champion On the April 7 2006 episode of Friday Night SmackDown which was taped on April 4 Long revived the King of the Ring tournament after a fouryear hiatus as a SmackDown exclusive tournament The tournament ended at Judgment Day with Booker T as the winner defeating Bobby Lashley in the final John Bradshaw Layfield who joined the broadcast team on SmackDown from June 16 2006 until December 21 2007 he made a return as a color commentator from October 12 2012 until February 22 2013 from March 22 2013 until January 9 2015 and since July 26 2016 until August 29 2017 On June 9 2006 Tazz left the SmackDown brand to join the new ECW brand leaving the color commentator position vacant However on June 11 at One Night Stand Layfield revealed that he was the new color commentator for SmackDown a position he held until December 21 2007 when he left to make his return as an inring competitor on Raw and Jonathan Coachman replaced him afterwards Eventually Coachman was released by WWE the following year and replaced by Mick Foley Changing channelsedit The CW 2006–2008edit Variations of the SmackDown fist and mirrors set were used from August 16 2001 until January 18 2008 On September 22 2006 Friday Night SmackDown debuted on The CW a joint venture between CBS Corporation owner of UPN and Warner Bros Entertainment a subsidiary of Time Warner majority owner of the WB Television Network For four weeks before the official premiere of Friday Night SmackDown on the CW Tribune Broadcasting television stations in six major markets including WPIX in New York City and KTLA in Los Angeles aired WWEs Friday Night SmackDown 18 This formed part of the preparation for the impending removal of UPN in several markets due to the debut of MyNetworkTV on September 5 2006 Two other future affiliates of The CW WCWJ in Jacksonville Florida and WIWB in Green Bay Wisconsin also aired Friday Night SmackDown in early September The transition to the CW caused an interruption in the broadcast of Friday Night SmackDown in the state of Utah beginning in June when KPNZ in Salt Lake City stopped airing all UPN programs early As of 2009 KUCW broadcasts the show In Hawaii Friday Night SmackDown returned in late 2006 airing on a CW digital subchannel of Honolulus FOX affiliate KHONTV Channel 2 which had received statewide carriage over Oceanic Time Warner Cable Since the move to CW SmackDown had shown a major increase in ratings now averaging a 3 0 national rating In addition SmackDown had become the secondhighestwatched program on The CW On April 20 2007 SmackDown celebrated its 400th episode 16 Ratings success soon followed as on June 8 2007 SmackDown made CW history by making a threeway tie with CBS and ABC in the key ad demographic adults 1849 by drawing a 1 5 rating each Two weeks later on June 22 2007 SmackDown again made CW history by tying the network for first place in the key ad demographic adults 1849 and being the secondmostwatched network program at 9 p m for the night The CW had not performed as well at any time slot since Americas Next Top Model the previous March The following week on June 29 2007 SmackDown helped CW to claim the top spot in the key demographic adults 1849 for Friday CBS got the overall lead but CW got top spot for the adults 1849 by registering a 1 4 rating followed by CBS and NBC at 1 3 ABC at 1 2 and Fox at 0 9 1920 Two weeks later on Friday July 13 2007 SmackDown made network history by placing first in the 1849 demographic and becoming the most watched show at the 9 p m hour on network television This was the first time anything has placed this well on CW SmackDown became a hit show on Friday nights winning the demographics for young males and ranking second on the demographics 1849 for Friday nights On October 16 2007 the SmackDown and ECW brands began a talent exchange allowing their respective talent to appear and compete on either brand as ECW was broadcast live from the same arena where SmackDown was taped 2122 Michael Cole was a commentator on SmackDown from September 1999 to June 2008 from October 2010 until October 2012 from March 2013 until August 2014 and from August 2014 until March 2015 Jim Ross became the new playbyplay announcer for SmackDown while Michael Cole SmackDown commentator for nine years from its launch in 1999 until June 23 2008 was drafted to Raw WWE Champion Triple H was also drafted to SmackDown resulting in two world championships appearing on the brand Edge was the World Heavyweight Champion at the time and leaving Raw without a world title However on the June 30 2008 episode of Raw Edge was attacked by Batista and CM Punk cashed in his Money in the Bank contract to become World Heavyweight Champion bringing the World Heavyweight Championship back to Raw for the first time since 2005 In August 2008 Tazz returned to SmackDown as color commentator due in part to Mick Foleys departure from WWE A couple of months later in late 2008 Tazz let his contract expire so he was replaced by Todd Grisham who was the color commentator on Raw Also that year for the first time in the brands history a womens exclusive championship was introduced the Divas Championship a counterpart to the Womens Championship which had been the only active championship competed for by Divas but was exclusive to Raw meaning that the Divas on SmackDown had no championship to compete for Michelle McCool became the inaugural champion by defeating Natalya on July 20 2008 at The Great American Bash MyNetworkTV 2008–2010edit SmackDowns first version of the universal WWE HD set used from January 25 2008 until July 15 2011 SmackDown debuted on MyNetworkTV in the United States on October 3 2008 featuring performers from the Raw SmackDown and ECW programs SmackDown also debuted with a new themesong The premiere episode on MyNetworkTV attracted 3 2 million viewers While the viewership dropped SmackDown pulled the highest ratings to date for MyNetworkTV and pushed the network to fifth place ahead of its former network The CW The premiere was also first place in male 1849 demographics 23 On February 15 2009 at No Way Out Edge won the World Heavyweight Championship in Raws Elimination Chamber match thus making it a SmackDown exclusive title and giving SmackDown two top tier championships 24 On March 20 2009 SmackDown celebrated its 500th episode 25 As a result of the 2009 WWE draft in April then WWE Champion Triple H was drafted to Raw while the World Heavyweight Championship also moved to the Raw brand after Edge lost the title to Cena at WrestleMania XXV once again leaving SmackDown without a world title 26SmackDown regained the World Heavyweight Championship at Backlash when Edge invoked his WrestleMania rematch clause and defeated Cena to win the championship back 27 In addition SmackDown and Raw exchanged both womenexclusive championships with Raw gaining the Divas Championship and SmackDown gaining the Womens Championship This marked the first time in history that the Womens Championship had ever been exclusive to SmackDown Also SmackDown and Raw exchanged the United States Championship which became exclusive to Raw and the Intercontinental Championship subsequently exclusive to SmackDown for the first time since August 25 2002 26 On September 15 2009 WWE Home Video released a DVD set entitled The Best of SmackDown 10th Anniversary The SmackDown 10th Anniversary DVD which included the Top 100 moments in SmackDown history was hosted by Cole and Matt Striker On April 19 2010 the eruption of a volcano in Iceland left ash hovering over Europe and caused the grounding of many flights leaving most of the Raw roster stranded in Belfast Northern Ireland To keep the audience from thinking that Raw was canceled for the night SmackDown wrestlers including Rey Mysterio Edge CM Punk Chris Jericho took over Raw The episode is known as Monday Night SmackDown although that title was never mentioned on air On October 30 2009 Todd Grisham was revealed as the new lead announcer for SmackDown alongside Michael Cole for one night on October 16 2009 and Matt Striker a position he held until December 3 2010 when he left to become the new lead announcer for NXT along with Josh Mathews NBCUniversaledit Syfy and end of brand extension 2010–2015edit As made public on April 12 2010 SmackDown moved to Syfy which had previously aired NXT and ECW in a twoyear deal that included an optional third year 1228SmackDown made its live premiere on Syfy on October 1 2010 retaining its Friday night timeslot 12 Prior to this premiere of SmackDown Michael Cole hosted a pregame show According to the Los Angeles Times the move saw Syfy paying close to 30 million for the show as opposed to the 20 million paid by its former network MyNetworkTV The move also resulted in network SmackDown being advertised more frequently on Syfys sister network USA Network which airs Raw Same week encores of SmackDown were also added to Universal HDs and mun2s Saturday night schedule as a result of the move in the spot previously held by NXT and ECW On December 10 2010 the NXT color commentator Josh Mathews became the new lead announcer for SmackDown a position he held until February 22 2013 when he left to become the new color commentator the following week until May 24 2013 On February 4 2011 Booker T made a return on SmackDown as a commentator replacing Striker Booker T was a commentator on SmackDown from February 2011 to July 27 2012 and again from September to December 2015 SmackDowns version of the universal WWE HD set used from July 22 2011 until July 27 2012 In August 2011 the brand extension came to an end resulting in Raw talent appearing on SmackDown and vice versa In late 2011 Super SmackDown Live a live episode of the show was broadcast on a Tuesday The title was revived for future live episodes The October 14 2011 episode made SmackDown the secondlongestrunning weekly episodic television series of American television history behind Raw which surpassed that mark on August 2 2005 On April 1 2012 at WrestleMania XXVIII John Laurinaitis became General Manager of both Raw and SmackDown after Team Johnny defeated Team Teddy However on June 17 2012 at No Way Out after Cena defeated Big Show in a steel cage match Laurinaitis was fired by Mr McMahon On the August 3 2012 episode of SmackDown Mr McMahon named Booker T the SmackDown General Manager In addition Booker named Long and Eve Torres as his assistants John Bradshaw Layfield returned to WWE in September 2012 and became a commentator for the show as well On January 18 2013 SmackDown celebrated its 700th episode Vickie Guerrero became General Manager on July 19 2013 but was fired the following year The show is also run frequently by WWE Chief Operating Officer Triple H Past episodes of SmackDown are now viewable on the video streaming website Hulu along with episodes of Superstars and ECW 29 On October 10 2014 SmackDown celebrated its 15th Anniversary 14 The 15th season premiere opened with a new theme Centuries by Fall Out Boy To help celebrate the 15th anniversary Stephanie McMahon came out first then Laurinaitis and Long respectively the latter of which kept oneupping each other for the main event of the night until McMahon decided to keep the 15man tag team match that Long suggested on the condition Laurinaitis and Long be the captains of each team like at WrestleMania XXVIII 30 Longs team won the match 31 On December 16 2014 SmackDown aired its 800th episode which aired live on USA Network featuring the main event between Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins 32 Return to Thursday nights 2015edit The shows return to Thursday nights – something that was rumored as early as August 20143334 – was made official by Syfy and WWE on November 6 2014 3536 The return to Thursday nights was expected to help attract a younger audience to Syfy as well as more premium advertising dollars from marketers who tend to spend more to promote their products especially film releases on the night as consumers head into the weekend 37 The last SmackDown airing on Friday nights had 2 43 million viewers with a 0 7 share 38 Byron Saxton who joined the broadcast team on SmackDown from January 15 2015 until June 18 2015 alongside Tom Phillips Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler he also appeared for one night on July 23 2015 alongside Phillips and The Usos member Jimmy Uso and made a return on January 7 2016 along with Lawler Cole for one night on February 18 2016 and Mauro Ranallo before taking time off due to a live prediction about the upcoming matches at WrestleMania 32 with Renee Young 39 He then moves to Raw commentary team once again after the broadcast on July 19 2016 40 After the broadcast on the finale of SmackDown Layfield left SmackDown to join Raw where he served as a commentator alongside Cole and Booker T from January 5 2015 to July 25 201641 leaving the colorcommentator position vacant SmackDown returned to a Thursday night airing from the episode of January 15 2015 353637 Lawler joined the broadcast team for the move 41424344unreliable source He was to join the broadcast team in 2012 on SmackDown until he had a heart attack during the September 10 2012 episode of Raw 454647WWE payperview events kickoff analyst Byron Saxton also joined the broadcast team afterwards in the same episode 41 The broadcast saw a revised SmackDown logo and all new graphics with 2 68 million viewers with a 0 8 rating share 4849 In a January 2015 interview Daniel Bryan said he told WWE management that he wished to be the face of SmackDown to increase the shows viewership 50 The January 15 2015 episode of SmackDown marked Bryans return to the ring after months of being injured as he wrestled in the main event of the first five SmackDown episodes since the move back to Thursday airings a On January 29 2015 the special live episode of SmackDown was aired from XL Center in Hartford Connecticut after the January 2015 North American blizzard postponement for live Raw and cancellation for SmackDown taping in Boston 5657 The live episode had 2 95 million viewers with a 0 9 share in the main event Daniel Bryan defeated Kane in a casket match 58unreliable source59 During WrestleMania week Byron Saxton was absent at the time due to a live prediction about the upcoming matches at WrestleMania 31 with Renee Young 60 Tazz Cole Layfield and Booker T was recently absent during WrestleMania week in 2005 2012 and 2013 6162 Jerry The King Lawler who joined the broadcast team on SmackDown on January 15 2015 after hospitalization for diverticulitis he also appeared during SmackDown aired on UPN from August 26 1999 until February 22 2001 November 22 2001 until March 28 2002 and for one night on March 31 2005 October 23 2009 March 1 and April 5 2013 He had then left SmackDown commentary team after the broadcast on July 19 2016 On April 2 2015 Tom Phillips stood in as lead announcer for Michael Cole who was recovering from a kayfabe injury suffered at the hands of Brock Lesnar the previous week on Raw 6364 Phillips first air date as August 22 2014 until January 9 2015 during SmackDown aired on Fridays alongside Cole and Layfield 65 After Cole left SmackDown to join Raw as lead announcer during a tour of the United Kingdom on April 16 2015 Phillips returned to SmackDown alongside Lawler and Saxton on the following week After the broadcast on June 18 2015 Phillips continued as lead announcer on SmackDown until August 20 2015 In the same date Byron Saxton left SmackDown to join Raw as a color commentator along with Cole and Layfield since June 8 201566unreliable source leaving the color commentator position vacant However on June 25 2015 The Usos member Jimmy Uso revealed that he would be the new color commentator for SmackDown a position he held until September 3 2015 when he left to make his return as an inring competitor on SmackDown next week to team with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose in a sixman tag team match against WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day and the color commentator on Main Event since August 25 2015 before SmackDown taping On August 27 2015 NXT and Superstars lead announcer Rich Brennan replaced Phillips to join the broadcast team following Phillips interview with WWE Superstars after the match in the backstage on WWE com and WWEs exclusive YouTube channel 67 On September 10 2015 the WWE payperview events kickoff analyst and Hall of Famer Booker T once again made a return on SmackDown as a color commentator replacing Jimmy Uso 68unreliable source The last SmackDown airing on Syfy had 2 8 million viewers and was taped on December 29 in the main event Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns defeated Kevin Owens and Sheamus by disqualification 69 USA Network 2016–presentedit On January 7 2016 SmackDown started airing on USA Network 456 With the move all top three WWE programs – Raw SmackDown and Tough Enough – would air on the same network for the first time ever 5 According to Lawler SmackDown may move back to Friday nights on USA Network and go live 707172unreliable source73 There was a possibility that SmackDown may move to Tuesday nights on USA Network and go live 74SmackDown remained on Thursday nights when the show moves from Syfy to USA Network on January 7 75 Coinciding with the premiere of SmackDown on USA Network Rich Brennan was replaced by Mauro Ranallo who is set to become the lead announcer7677 and Booker T was replaced by the current Raw and Superstars color commentator Byron Saxton who is set to become the alternate color commentator The first SmackDown episode on USA Network had 2 75 million viewers in main event matches Charlotte defended the Divas Championship against Becky Lynch and Kevin Owens wrestled Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose to a double countout 78 When Mauro Ranallo suffered from influenza current Raw lead commentator Michael Cole replaced him on February 18 2016 That nights SmackDown episode marked the return of Brock Lesnar and then WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H during and after main event between Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose against The Dudley Boyz Bubba Ray and DVon in a tag team match 79David Otunga temporarily replaced80 Jerry Lawler after Lawler was suspended as a result of a domestic abuse incident at his home in Memphis Tennessee 81 The last SmackDown airing on Thursday nights had 2 0 million viewers with a 0 6 share82 and was emanated from Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids Michigan 83 Move to Tuesday nights and second brand extension 2016–presentedit The second set of SmackDown Live used after the current brand extension However The design shown in picture used after SummerSlam On May 25 2016 it was revealed that SmackDown would move to Tuesday nights and air live instead of the previous prerecorded format and that the brand split would also return 84 On the July 11 2016 episode of Raw Vince McMahon named Shane McMahon the commissioner of SmackDown 85 Then next week on Raw Daniel Bryan was revealed as the new SmackDown General Manager 86 On July 22 2016 General Manager Daniel Bryan revealed the new SmackDown logo on his official Twitter page 87 Immediately following the 2016 WWE draft John Bradshaw Layfield returned as a color commentator while David Otunga also returned as a color commentator afterwards The show also debuted a new stage new graphics new theme songs along with new ring post designs and blue ropes It was later revealed that Backlash Elimination Chamber and No Mercy would return as SmackDownexclusive payperviews The final Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live of 2016 took place at the Allstate Arena in Chicago Monday for Raw and Tuesday for SmackDown that weeks episode of SmackDown had a higher rating as well as selling more tickets than Raw which took place the previous night citation needed This was the first time in the history of Smackdowns existence that this feat ever been achieved Productionedit From October 26 2012 until April 4 2014 SmackDown began using Born 2 Run by 7Lions as its theme song with This Life by CFO and Cody B Ware serving as the secondary theme then a swap was made as Born 2 Run was used as a secondary theme when This Life is used as SmackDowns main theme Prior to October 26 2012 SmackDown opened with Know Your Enemy by Green Day while Hangman by Rev Theory served as the secondary theme song 88 Upon SmackDowns debut on Syfy in 2010 it replaced the previous theme song Let it Roll by Divide the Day 89 WWE taped SmackDown on Tuesday evenings to air on Thursday evenings on Syfy the same week However SmackDown had aired occasional live specials on Tuesday nights which are then replayed in its usual Thursday night timeslot The show began broadcasting in HD beginning with the January 25 2008 episode of SmackDown where a new set which became universal for all WWE weekly programming debuted Following the first broadcast in HD the exclamation mark used since the shows inception disappeared from all references pertaining to SmackDown including the official logo which resembles the 2001–2008 logo but with a darker blue scheme SmackDown logo used from August 16 2001 until July 24 2016 Variations of the logo were used such as the logo from January 15 2015 pictured In 2008 the exclamation mark was removed As of August 3 2012 the show has used the modified WWE HD universal set which debuted at Raw 1000 on July 23 90 From September 21 2012 until October 26 2012 October 4 2013 until November 1 2013 October 3 and 31 2014 and October 2 and 30 2015 WWE worked in conjunction with Susan G Komen for the Cure to raise awareness for breast cancer by adorning the SmackDown set with pink ribbons and a special pink middlerope in the ring SmackDowns ring ropes were usually blue from 1999–2012 although they were black for a period between 2001 and 2002 They remained blue until December 2012 when they were permanently changed to white with all WWE programming now using white ring ropes On August 22 2014 SmackDown switched to a full 169 letterbox presentation with a downscaled version of the native HD feed on a 43 SD feed Like Raw which also switched to a full 169 letterbox presentation four days earlier on August 18 the new WWE logo is seen on the rings turnbuckle covers and also on the lowerright hand corner of the screen On August 29 2014 the Syfy network logo moved to the lower lefthand corner of the screen Although the graphics were repositioned SmackDown continued to use a variation of the graphics package that had been in use since its first HD broadcast in January 2008 until the show moved to Thursday nights on January 15 2015 when an allnew graphics package now optimized for the 169 format and intro video were introduced along with a revised SmackDown logo On March 26 2015 WWE added a small LED board to the left side of the ring on SmackDown similar to Raw On the September 14 2015 season premiere of Raw the middle rope was colored gold Throughout the month of October 2015 the WWE broadcast table entrance ramp and ring skirts were cobranded with Susan G Komen for the cure of breast cancer 91 Also the middle ring rope was pink to promote the fight against breast cancer 91 Following the brand split in 2016 the ropes return to its original blue color as well as debuting a new set The post brand extension set was almost identically to the TLC Tables Ladders and Chairs set from 20092013 and caused some negative feedback among online fans for reusing an old stage design A month after the new set debut a more distinctive and elaborate stage was created for SmackDown The current stage used is a new design with multiple LED side panels on each side with a titantron in a semi circle in the center The new set also introduced LED floor panels on the entrance ramp Feedback was more positive for this set design citation needed Theme musicedit Song title Written andor performed by Dates used Ref Everybody on the Ground Jim Johnston April 29 1999 – August 9 2001 92 The Beautiful People Marilyn Manson August 16 2001 – May 15 2003 92 I Want It All Jim Johnston May 22 2003 – September 16 2004 9293 Rise Up Instrumental Jim Johnston September 23 2004 only used for SmackDowns 5th Anniversary show 92 Rise Up Drowning Pool September 30 2004 – September 26 2008 9294 If You Rock Like Me Jim Johnston October 3 2008 – September 25 2009 92 Let It Roll Divide the Day October 2 2009 – September 24 2010 92 Know Your Enemy Green Day October 1 2010 – October 19 2012 92 Born 2 Run 7Lions October 26 2012 – April 4 2014 92 This Life CFO April 4 2014 – January 9 2015 this song version featuring Dylan Owen was used as the bumper song 92 Centuries Fall Out Boy October 10 2014 only used for SmackDowns 15th Anniversary show 9596unreliable source97 Black and Blue CFO January 15 2015 – July 19 2016 98 Take a Chance CFO July 26 2016 – present 1 Notes Bold song titles are currently being used as the opening theme Cultural referencesedit On July 10 2007 MerriamWebster included the word smackdown in Websters Dictionary 99100 Merriam Webster defined a smackdown as The act of knocking down or bringing down an opponent A contest in entertainment wrestling A decisive defeat A confrontation between rivals or competitors The Oxford English Dictionary traces the use of the word smackdown in English back at least as far as 1990 but notes that a professional wrestling television show popularised the term Special episodesedit Main article List of WWE SmackDown special episodes Throughout its broadcast history the show has aired editions that have different themes These include tributes to various professional wrestlers who have recently died or retired from actively performing as well as episodes commemorating various show milestones or anniversaries Onair personalitiesedit Main article List of WWE SmackDown onair personalities Various onair personalities appear on the show including the wrestlers themselves both males and females ring announcers commentators and onscreen authority figures SmackDown also has had various recurring onair segments hosted by members of the roster Championsedit See also List of current champions in WWE During the first brand extension from 2002 to 2011 championships exclusive to SmackDown were only seen on that brand On July 19 2016 the brand extension was brought back again resulting in SmackDownexclusive championships which are listed below WWE SmackDown Championship Current champions Reign Date won Days held Location Notes WWE Championship Jinder Mahal 1 May 21 2017 136 Rosemont Illinois United States Defeated Randy Orton at Backlash WWE United States Championship AJ Styles 2 July 25 2017 71 Richmond Virginia United States Defeated former champion Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho in a Triple threat match on SmackDown WWE SmackDown Womens Championship Natalya 1 August 20 2017 45 Brooklyn New York United States Defeated Naomi at SummerSlam WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship The New DayBig E Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods 22 2 2 September 12 2017 22 Las Vegas Nevada United States Big E and Kingston defeated The Usos in a Sin City Street Fight Woods is also a champion under the Freebird Rule Broadcastedit In addition to broadcasts on USA Network Universal HD NBC Universo and AFN Xtra in the United States11101SmackDown also appears onair internationally Canadaedit From 1999 to early 2015 SmackDown aired in Canada matching the United States airtime and currently airs on Sportsnet 360 previously known as Headline Sports until 2000 and The Score from 2000–2013 When SmackDown moved back Thursday nights the show was broadcast on Wednesday nights with the exception of live episodes in Canada January 14 2015 to July 13 2016 due to national NHL coverage being aired on Sportsnet 360 on Thursday nights as part of a 12year deal between Rogers Owner of Sportsnet and the NHL 102103 However from July 19 2016 SmackDown once again started airing in Canada simultaneously with the United States following SmackDowns move to a live Tuesday night broadcast AsiaPacific and Africaedit SmackDown airs live in Australia on Fox8 and Friday nights on 9Go as a 1hour version 104105SmackDown airs in Fiji on Sky Pacific and Sky Fiji 106SmackDown airs live in India at 5 30 AM & exclusive in Nepal Sri Lanka Bangladesh and Pakistan on Sony TEN107108109 and Kenya on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation 110SmackDown airs in Malaysia on TV3 and Astro Supersport3 111Malta on Melita Sports 1112113 The series airs live in New Zealand on the BOX 114 The series airs in the Philippines on TV5 115 The series airs live in Singapore on Starhubs HubSports 2116South Africa on SuperSport117 and Samoa on SBC SmackDown airs in the Middle East and North Africa on OSN118 and Israel on Sport 5 119 It also airs on FM1 Previously Iran FMTV in Iran Europeedit The series airs in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Sky Sports 5 120121 The series airs in France on AB1 and in Italy on Sky Sports 2 SmackDown Live airs in Germany every Thursday at 10 PM on ProSieben MAXX In Portugal it airs on SIC Radical and also on SIC K on Friday nights Latin Americaedit Smackdown airs live on Fox Sports Latinoamérica in Mexico122123124 and across Central and South America 122125126 Online streamingedit On May 22 2009 Hulu Plus and WWE agreed to air full episodes of SmackDown to be available for viewing the day following its original airing 127 On September 24 2012 Hulu Plus signed a multiyear deal with WWE to stream all of the companys TV shows and some of its web series which includes SmackDown Full episodes of SmackDown are available for viewing the following day of its original airing 128 All previous episodes of SmackDown are available on the WWE Network Recent episodes are available for ondemand viewing 30 days after the original air date 129130 See alsoedit List of WWE personnel WWE NXT WWE Raw Referencesedit Notesedit See external link reports from The Independent and Canoe ca for episodes for January and February 2015 5152535455 Citationsedit a b Middleton Marc July 26 2016 New WWE SmackDown Live Intro Video And Theme Song Charly Caruso Working SmackDown Live Preshow Video Wrestling Inc United States Retrieved July 27 2016   WWE Unstoppable SmackDown Live Single iTunes Apple Campus Cupertino California Apple Inc August 6 2016   WWE Big Surprise SmackDown 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