SmackDown To Air On FS1 Next Week, Bruce Prichard Comments On Eric Bischoff, Kurt Angle Talks “Difficult” Transition To Backstage Role

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The October 25 episode of WWE SmackDown will be occurring at the same time as Game 3 of the MLB World Series, and to avoid the conflict, it will be airing on FS1 next week.

Both the WWE and FOX confirmed that SmackDown will air on FS1 for just one week. It will be aired at 8 PM ET.

This will be the final SmackDown episode before the roster goes to Saudi Arabia for the WWE Crown Jewel event. Many of the stars advertised for the October 25 SmackDown will also be part of that event.

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It has been confirmed that both Cain Velasquez and the current WWE Champion Brock Lesnar will be in attendance. The two are part of a big match at Crown Jewel where Velasquez will be challenging Lesnar for the title.

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Bruce Prichard Comments On Eric Bischoff’s Firing

Bruce Prichard was recently appointed as the executive director of SmackDown after Eric Bischoff, who had previously been hired to do the job, left WWE after only a few months.

As reported earlier, Bischoff was fired for allegedly being incapable of handling his role and making people “want to quit.”

On his podcast, Something to Wrestle, Prichard talked a bit about Bischoff’s departure.

“First of all, Eric is a friend of mine. He’s a good friend of mine that I love personally and professionally,” said Prichard. ”I was sad for the news that came out this past week on a professional level and on a personal level.”

Prichard went on to call Bischoff one of the smartest and nicest guys he’s met and worked with.

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Kurt Angle Says Transitioning To Backstage Role Was Difficult

WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle wrestled his last match for the company at WrestleMania 35. Now he’s working backstage as a full-time producer.

Speaking to Rob Crowther IV of, Angle talked about how the transition from being an in-ring talent to backstage was “a little difficult.”

“When you make the transition from wrestling to retirement, you still want to be out there. So it’s a little difficult, but I’ve been handling it pretty well. It keeps me busy,” he said.

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He also gave some advice to newer wrestlers.

“Learn how to bump properly and learn how to sell,” said Angle.

“Those two things will give you a lot of success and they will help you make money, and help make the business money. If you sell really well, you’re going to be a great wrestler,” he elaborated.