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article imageWWE Smackdown moving back to Thursday nights

By Zachary Stallings     Nov 6, 2014 in Entertainment
Today the WWE announced that starting next year the second-longest-running weekly episodic television show in history, SmackDown, will be moving back to Thursday nights.
Today the WWE announced that SmackDown will move back to Thursday nights, starting January 15 of next year on SyFy.
SmackDown is closing in on 800 episodes, and averages 3.1 million viewers a week. When asked about the move Executive Vice President, Marketing, Digital Global Strategy, SyFy, Michael Engleman said this: "Quite simply, more young men watch television on Thursday night than on Fridays."
The show originally aired on Thursday nights when it debuted, but then moved to Fridays in 2005.
SmackDown has been on the air since August of 1999. The show got its name from The Rock, since "Laying the SmackDown" was one of his biggest catch phrases.
On the very first episode of SmackDown The Rock challenged HHH for the WWE Championship, and lost because Shawn Michaels helped HHH by hitting The Rock with "Sweet Chin Music" (Michael's signature move).
The show has had some great moments and matches throughout the years. One of those moments has to have been when "Stone Cold" Steve Austin beat up Booker T. in a grocery store. Another great moment would have to of been the time when Edge cashed in the "Money in the Bank" contract on the Undertaker, capturing the World Heavyweight Championship.
SmackDown has also had many great matches: Brock Lesnar vs Kurt Angle in a Iron Man Match, Undertaker vs Batista in a steel cage match, and Brock Lesnar vs Big Show, which had no winner because the ring collapsed after Lesnar superplex Big Show from the top rope.
Right now young superstars like Cesaro, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, and Roman Reigns are getting the opportunity to headline the show and showcase their skill.
With the move back to Thursday, SmackDown could potentially grow its viewership even more. And with young fresh talent like Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose at the helm, SmackDown and the SyFy channel have a very bright future ahead of it.
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