Back in January, WWE celebrated 25 years of its weekly flagship television series, Monday Night Raw. This fall, the company’s SmackDown Live has a big milestone of its own.
The 1,000th episode of WWE SmackDown Live will air on Tuesday, October 16th from Washington, DC. This will air 10 days after WWE’s big Super ShowDown stadium show from Australia.
It should come as no surprise that plans are already underway to make SmackDown Live 1,000 a major event. Details are scarce at this time, but a report at PWInsider notes that company officials are working on ideas to ensure this SmackDown 1,000 is as significant a show as RAW 25 was. Expect to see a celebration of SmackDown’s rich history, dating back to the height of the Attitude Era.
WWE SmackDown premiered on broadcast television almost 20 year ago on April 29, 1999. The show has switched days and networks several times since.
SmackDown Live airs each Tuesday night on the USA Network and will remain there until next October, when it moves to Friday nights on the FOX broadcast channel. Any talk of SmackDown being WWE’s “B show” will be put to rest by then, if it hasn’t already. FOX is reportedly shelling out $1 billion over 5 years for the television rights to SmackDown.