The destiny of all WWE Superstars will be determined during the first live SmackDown on Tuesday, July 19 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT on USA Network.
A draft will be conducted by respective general managers as to which talent will be chosen exclusively for Monday Night Raw or SmackDown.
For the first time in history on back-to-back nights, these two distinctive brands (Monday Night Raw and Tuesday’s SmackDown) will compete with each other for television ratings, live events and pay-per-views.
“This is an exciting new era for WWE in which we will yet again reinvent ourselves by creating a second night of compelling live television,” said Kevin Dunn, Executive Producer, WWE.
Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, added: “We’re already hearing the excitement among WWE fans for SmackDown’s new live format, and our audiences are eagerly anticipating the live draft and what it means for their favorite Superstars.”
With 878 original episodes, SmackDown is the second longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. television history, only behind Monday Night Raw at 1,203 episodes.
SmackDown will continue to broadcast live on Tuesday nights following the historic July 19th episode.
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- About WWE
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- WWE SmackDown in Miami
Tuesday, June 28
Scheduled to appear are Roman Reigns, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Charlotte, Bray Wyatt & the Wyatt Family, Big Show, Chris Jericho, Sasha Banks, A.J. Styles, Kevin Owens, Alberto del Rio, Sheamus, Becky Lynch, Dolph Ziggler, Rusev, The Dudley Boyz, Paige, The Miz, New Day, and more.
Bell time is 7 p.m.
WWE SmackDown is 8 p.m. Thursdays on the USA Network.
- More WWE in Florida in June
WWE will be in Orlando at the Amway Center on Sunday, June 26.
WWE will be in Jacksonville at the Veterans Memorial Arena also on Sunday, June 26.
WWE Raw will be in Tampa at the Amalie Arena on Monday, June 27. Raw is 8 p.m. live on the USA Network.
- WWE WrestleMania in Orlando
WWE’s WrestleMania 33 is Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Camping World Stadium, formerly the Citrus Bowl Stadium, in Orlando.
- Pro Wrestling On The Web
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