Friday Night Smackdown
Format Sports entertainment
Created by Vince McMahon
Starring WWE personnel
Opening theme "Take a Chance" by CFO$
Episode(s) 404 (as of February 2017)
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time 3 hours and 5 minutes

WWE SmackDown (also advertised as WWE Friday Night SmackDown) is a professional wrestling television program that currently airs on the USA Network in the United States and originally debuted in August 2005.

From its launch in 1999, SmackDown broadcast on Thursday nights, but on September 9, 2005, the show moved to Friday nights; before moving to Saturday nights in 2013. The show originally debuted in the United States on the UPN television network on April 29, 1999, but after the merger of UPN and the WB, SmackDown began airing on The CW in 2006. The show remained on the CW network for two years until it was moved to MyNetworkTV in October 2008. SmackDown moved to Syfy on October 1, 2010 before moving to the USA Network in 2016.

Since its first episode, WWE SmackDown has been broadcast from 162 different arenas, in 147 cities and towns, in seven different nations (the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iraq in 2006 and 2007 for specials Tribute to the Troops, Japan in 2005, Italy in 2007, and Mexico in 2011).

Due to time differences, SmackDown premieres a few hours earlier in Ireland and the UK and a day earlier in Australia, Singapore, and Philippines than the United States. WWE SmackDown also airs on a three week tape delay in South Africa on private broadcaster, on Wednesdays at 8.30pm.

Show historyEdit


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From October 26, 2012, WWE SmackDown began using "Born 2 Run" by 7Lions as its theme song. Prior to that date, SmackDown opened with "Know Your Enemy" by Green Day while "Hangman" by Rev Theory served as the secondary theme song. Upon SmackDown's debut on Syfy it replaced the previous theme song "Let it Roll" by Divide the Day. In 2015, "Kickstart My Heart" by Motley Crue became the new theme song for Smackdown and it lasted for two years. Beginning in February 2017, "Take a Chance" by CFO$ became the new theme song for Smackdown.

WWE tapes SmackDown on Tuesday evenings to air Friday evenings on Syfy the same week. However, SmackDown has aired occasional live specials on Tuesday nights (which are then replayed in its usual Friday night time slot as well).

The show began broadcasting in HD beginning with the January 25, 2008 edition of SmackDown, where a new set (which became universal for all WWE weekly programming) debuted. Following the first broadcast in HD, the exclamation mark used since the show's inception disappeared from all references pertaining to "SmackDown", including the official logo, which resembles the 2001-08 logo but with a darker blue scheme. Beginning on August 4, 2016, Smackdown debuted a brand new logo.

From September 21-October 26, 2012, WWE worked in conjunction with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to raise awareness for breast cancer by adorning the SmackDown set with pink ribbons and a special pink middle-rope in the ring.

On air personalitiesEdit

The show features various on-air personalities including the wrestlers themselves, ring announcers, commentators and on-screen authority figures. Smackdown also has had various recurring on-air segments hosted by members of the roster.


ChampionshipCurrent champion(s)ReignDate wonDays heldLocationNotes
World Heavyweight Championship Goldberg 2 March 27, 2016 124+ Arlington, Texas Defeated Corey Graves at WrestleMania 32
WWE Divas Championship Becky Lynch 1 May 1, 2016 89+ London, England Defeated Ashley Massaro at Invasion
WWE United States Championship Rob Van Dam 2 June 30, 2016 29+ Los Angeles, California Defeated Kevin Nash on June 30, 2016 episode of Smackdown
WWE Hardcore Championship Samuel Shaw 6 May 1, 2016 89+ London, England Defeated Multiple opponents at Invasion
WWE Tag Team Championship Roman Reigns & Wade Barrett 1 June 13, 2016 46+ New York City Defeated Fratelli d'Italia on the June 13, 2016 episode of Raw

Authority figuresEdit

Authority figures Position Date started Date finished Notes
Mr. McMahon Owner, Chairman, CEO and General Manager April 22, 2012 present McMahon became General Manager of Smackdown after John Cena lost to the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 29 returning the control over to Mr. McMahon from his daughter (and Cena's wife) Stephanie.
William Regal  General Manager October 7, 2012 Unknown Regal took over the role of Assistant to the General Manager after John Laurinaitis was fired.
Mick Foley Smackdown Commissioner/General Manager November 2013 present After Regal was suspended, Mick Foley became the acting General Manager of Smackdown, thus becoming the Commissioner while the Board of Directors reviews Regal's performance.
Shane McMahon General Manager April 2, 2015 present Shane McMahon was revealed as the mystery co-General Manager of Smackdown on the April 2nd, 2015 episode of Smackdown. In December 2015 McMahon would take a sabbatical from Smackdown after injuries suffered in a match with Tyler Chandler.
Stephanie Cena General Manager November 4, 2011 April 25, 2012 Cena was fired as General Manager of Smackdown on April 25, 2012 as per the match stipulations at Wrestlemania 28 where her husband, John Cena lost to the Undertaker. Giving control of the WWE and Smackdown back to her father.
So Cal Val General Manager February 25, 2011 November 4, 2011
Vickie Guerrero General Manager January 21, 2011 July 15, 2011
John Laurinaitis Assistant to the General Manager June 15, 2012 October 7, 2012 Laurinaitis was fired and replaced by William Regal on October 7, 2012.
Traci Brooks Divas General Manager October 21, 2011; July 20, 2013 June 15, 2012; Unknown Fired by Laurinaitis on the June 15, 2012 episode of Smackdown. Revealed to be pregnant and went on maternity leave. Re-hired on July 20, 2013 as Divas General Manager on orders of Mr. McMahon