It is no secret that SmackDown Live moves to FOX in October, and WWE is trying to make sure the move goes over well. SmackDown brand completed 20 years in 2019, and accordingly, WWE announced a 20-Year Anniversary Special Episode which will also mark the debut of the blue brand on FOX programming.
SmackDown Live will be presented live from Staples Center, Los Angeles on October 4th, and WWE along with FOX are trying their best to hype the debut as much as possible.
The RAW Reunion Episode which took place recently provided a major spike in the ratings for RAW, and this could have led to WWE announcing a special episode with several returning legends.
Several Hall of Famers have already been announced for the episode, including Hulk Hogan, Sting, Ric Flair, Booker T, Lita, Mick Foley, Kurt Angle, Bill Goldberg, Trish Stratus, Mark Henry and Jerry Lawler. The Undertaker is featured on the promotional photo for the special episode.
As compared to the RAW Reunion which was a three-hour-show, SmackDown Live will be a two-hour feature and it would be interesting to see how WWE manages to fit in the legends, and display the current talent in the two-hour block.
Vince McMahon commented on the 20th Anniversary Special Episode and talked about starting a new chapter on FOX television.
“SmackDown has been delivering action-packed, family-friendly programming for two decades, and we look forward to entertaining generations to come as we begin this next chapter on FOX.”
There are rumors of Brock Lesnar switching ship to SmackDown Live after his defeat to Seth Rollins at SummerSlam, and facing Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship. If those rumors are indeed true, expect Lesnar to be among the elite (no pun intended), who’ll be making appearances on the inaugural episode of SmackDown Live on FOX.