WWE SmackDown

WWE SmackDown, also referred to as SmackDown Live or simply SmackDown, is a professional wrestling television program that debuted on April 29, 1999. The show's name also refers to the SmackDown brand, to which WWE employees are assigned to work and perform.

SmackDown is currently broadcast live on Tuesday nights on USA Network. It will return to over-the-air broadcast television on October 4, 2019, filling the entirety of the Fox Friday night schedule. The show was formerly broadcast on Thursday nights, but moved to Friday on September 9, 2005, before returning to Thursdays on January 15, 2015.[8] On July 19, 2016, it was moved to a live broadcast on Tuesday night.[9] SmackDown! 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 September 2006. The show was moved to MyNetworkTV in October 2008,[10][11] to Syfy on October 1, 2010[12][13] and to USA Network on January 7, 2016.[4][5][6] It complements Raw as the second of WWE's two main weekly programs. As of March 3, 2017, all archived episodes of the show are available for on demand viewing via the WWE Network.

SmackDown has been broadcast from 163 arenas, in 148 cities and towns, in seven countries (the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Iraq in 2003 and 2004 for Tribute to the Troops, Japan in 2005, Italy in 2007, and Mexico in 2011). Prior to switching to the current live format, taped episodes premiered a few hours earlier in Ireland and the United Kingdom and a day earlier in Australia, Canada, Singapore, and Philippines than the United States, due to time differences. For international broadcast listings, see below. The show celebrated its 15th anniversary on October 10, 2014,[14] and the 1000th episode on October 16, 2018.

WWE SmackDown
SmackDown
The SmackDown logo as of July 26, 2016
GenreSports entertainment
Professional wrestling
Created byVince McMahon
Written byRyan Ward
Eric Bischoff
See list of SmackDown creative writers
Presented by
StarringSmackDown roster
Opening theme
Composer(s)CFO$
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons20
No. of episodes1,039 (as of July 16, 2019)
Production
Producer(s)Vince McMahon
Kevin Dunn
Paul "Triple H" Levesque
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time120 minutes (including commercials)
Release
Original network
  • UPN
    (April 29, 1999–September 15, 2006)
  • The CW
    (September 22, 2006–September 26, 2008)
  • MyNetworkTV
    (October 3, 2008–September 24, 2010)
  • Syfy
    (October 1, 2010–December 31, 2015)
  • USA Network
    (January 7, 2016–present)[4][5][6]
Picture format
Original releaseApril 29, 1999 –
present
Chronology
Related shows
External links
Website

History

WWF SmackDown Logo (1999-2001)
The first SmackDown! logo used between April 29, 1999 and from August 26, 1999 to August 9, 2001.

WWF SmackDown! (as it was originally known) was set up to compete against WCW's Thursday night show, Thunder. In the spirit of the WWF's Attitude Era, the show was originally planned to be two hours of WWF Divas in primetime TV. However, this did not work out, and instead SmackDown! became a complementary show to augment Raw is War.

SmackDown! first appeared on April 29, 1999 using the Raw set as a single television special on UPN. On August 26, 1999, SmackDown! officially debuted on UPN. Like WCW Thunder, SmackDown! was recorded on Tuesdays and then broadcast on Thursdays. The new WWF show was so popular that WCW moved Thunder to Wednesdays in the hope of holding on to fans rather than losing them to the WWF. SmackDown!, like Thunder, made heavy use of the color blue, earning it the nickname "The Blue Show" amongst wrestling fans. Throughout the show's early existence, The Rock routinely called SmackDown! "his show", in reference to the fact that the name was derived from one of his catchphrases, "Lay the smack down".[15]

In March 2002, WWE underwent the "brand extension",[16] a process in which WWE divided itself into two branches.[16] The two divisions, Raw and SmackDown!, would compete against each other. The brand extension was made public during a telecast of Raw on March 18, 2002, and became official on the April 1, 2002 episode of Raw.

On the August 29, 2011 episode of Raw, it was announced that performers from Raw and SmackDown were no longer exclusive to their respective brand, thus effectively dissolving the brand extension.[17] The October 14, 2011, episode made SmackDown the second-longest-running weekly episodic television series of American television history (behind Raw, which surpassed that mark on August 1, 2005). On January 18, 2013, SmackDown celebrated its 700th episode.

On October 10, 2014, SmackDown celebrated its 15th Anniversary.[14] The 15th season premiere opened with a new theme, "Centuries" by Fall Out Boy. To help celebrate the 15th anniversary, Stephanie McMahon came out first, then Laurinaitis and Long, respectively, the latter of which kept one-upping each other for the main event of the night until McMahon decided to keep the 15-man tag team match that Long suggested, on the condition Laurinaitis and Long be the captains of each team like at WrestleMania XXVIII.[18] Long's team won the match.[19] On December 16, 2014, SmackDown aired its 800th episode, which aired live on USA Network, featuring the main event between Dolph Ziggler and Seth Rollins.[20]

On May 25, 2016, as part of the re-implementation of the brand extension and split between Raw and SmackDown, it was announced that SmackDown would become a live program on Tuesday nights.[21] On the July 11, 2016 episode of Raw, Vince McMahon named Shane McMahon the commissioner of SmackDown.[22] Then next week on Raw, Daniel Bryan was revealed as the new SmackDown General Manager.[23] On July 22, 2016, General Manager Daniel Bryan revealed the new SmackDown logo on his official Twitter page.[24] On April 10, 2018, SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon announced that Daniel Bryan was back as a full-time WWE wrestler and named Paige the new General Manager.[25]

Network changes

From the show's inception in 1999, SmackDown was aired on UPN. WWE's "lame duck" status with Viacom on Spike TV may have prompted it to move SmackDown! to the Friday night death slot for the fall 2005 season. UPN received better ratings on Fridays than it did before with its movie night. In addition, UPN had been able to hold on to the ratings from Thursday nights, most notably with comedian Chris Rock's sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. In January 2006, UPN renewed SmackDown' for two more years.[26] After Star Trek: Enterprise had been canceled, SmackDown moved into Enterprise's former timeslot. WWE promoted this move with the tagline "TV that's changing Friday nights." SmackDown! made its season premiere on September 9, 2005.

On September 22, 2006, Friday Night SmackDown! debuted on The CW, a joint venture between CBS Corporation (owner of UPN) and Warner Bros. Entertainment (a subsidiary of Time Warner, majority owner of the WB Television Network). On April 20, 2007, SmackDown! celebrated its 400th episode.[16] SmackDown debuted on MyNetworkTV in the United States on October 3, 2008. SmackDown also debuted with a new theme-song. The premiere episode on MyNetworkTV attracted 3.2 million viewers. On March 20, 2009, SmackDown celebrated its 500th episode.[27]

SmackDown moved to NBCUniversal in 2010 and made its live premiere on Syfy on October 1, 2010, retaining its Friday night timeslot.[12] Prior to this premiere of SmackDown, Michael Cole hosted a "pre-game" show. According to the Los Angeles Times, the move saw Syfy paying close to $30 million for the show as opposed to the $20 million paid by its former network MyNetworkTV.[13] The move also resulted in network, SmackDown being advertised more frequently on Syfy's sister network, USA Network, which airs Raw. Same week encores of SmackDown were also added to Universal HD's and mun2's Saturday night schedule as a result of the move in the spot that had been held by NXT and ECW. On January 7, 2016, SmackDown moved to Syfy's sister channel, USA Network.[4][5][6] With the move, all top three WWE programs – Raw, SmackDown and Tough Enough – would air on the same network for the first time ever.[5] According to Lawler, SmackDown may move back to Friday nights on USA Network and go live.[28][29][30][31] SmackDown remained on Thursday nights when the show moved from Syfy to USA Network on January 7.[32] The first SmackDown episode on USA Network had 2.75 million viewers.[33] The show's return to Thursday nights – something that was rumored as early as August 2014[34][35] – was made official by Syfy and WWE on November 6, 2014.[36][37] The return to Thursday nights was expected to help attract a younger audience to Syfy, as well as more premium advertising dollars from marketers, who tend to spend more to promote their products, especially film releases, on the night as consumers head into the weekend.[38] The last SmackDown airing on Friday nights had 2.43 million viewers with a 0.7 share.[39]

On June 26, 2018, Fox announced a five-year agreement to air SmackDown in a deal worth $205 million per year.[40] The agreement came as WWE's previous broadcast deal with USA Network to air both SmackDown and WWE Raw was set to expire, and as Fox has increasingly emphasized live sports programming and non-scripted entertainment in the wake of its then-upcoming sale of its in-house studios to Disney. Fox had hoped to acquire Raw for the Fox network and SmackDown for Fox Sports 1.[41][42] However, amid a competitive bidding situation, NBCUniversal focused its efforts on renewing Raw, freeing up Fox to pursue SmackDown.[43] Under the new deal, SmackDown will move to Friday nights on Fox beginning on October 4, 2019.[44][45]

Production

WWE taped SmackDown on Tuesday evenings to air on Thursday evenings on Syfy the same week. However, SmackDown had aired occasional live specials on Tuesday nights (which are then replayed in its usual Thursday night timeslot). The show began broadcasting in HD beginning with the January 25, 2008 episode 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 2001–2008 logo, but with a darker blue scheme.

1999 WWF Smackdown (WWE)
The set used from the show's debut from August 26, 1999, until August 9, 2001

The early set included an oval-shaped TitanTron entrance and stage (dubbed the "Ovaltron") which made it stand out from the Raw Is War set with its rectangular Titantrons. Later productions gained the ability to move the Ovaltron either to the left or to the right of the stage. In August 2001, as part of celebrating SmackDown!'s second anniversary, the show received a new logo and set, which consisted of a fist centered above the entrance with the WWF/E scratch logo above it, and many glass panes along the sides strongly resembling shattered glass with two TitanTrons on each side.

From October 26, 2012 until April 4, 2014, SmackDown began using "Born 2 Run" by 7Lions as its theme song, with "This Life" by CFO$ and Cody B. Ware serving as the secondary theme, then a swap was made, as "Born 2 Run" was used as a secondary theme, when "This Life" is used as SmackDown's main theme. Prior to October 26, 2012, SmackDown opened with "Know Your Enemy" by Green Day while "Hangman" by Rev Theory served as the secondary theme song.[46] Upon SmackDown's debut on Syfy in 2010, it replaced the previous theme song "Let it Roll" by Divide the Day.[47]

As of August 3, 2012, the show has used the modified WWE HD universal set, which debuted at Raw 1000 on July 23.[48] From September 21, 2012 until October 26, 2012, October 4, 2013 until November 1, 2013, October 3 and 31, 2014 and October 2 and 30, 2015, 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. SmackDown's ring ropes were usually blue from 1999–2012 (although they were black for a period between 2001 and 2002). They remained blue until December 2012 when they were permanently changed to white, with all WWE programming now using white ring ropes. On August 22, 2014, SmackDown switched to a full 16:9 letterbox presentation, with a down-scaled version of the native HD feed on a 4:3 SD feed. Like Raw (which also switched to a full 16:9 letterbox presentation four days earlier on August 18), the new WWE logo is seen on the ring's turnbuckle covers and also, on the lower-right hand corner of the screen. On August 29, 2014, the Syfy network logo moved to the lower left-hand corner of the screen.

Although the graphics were re-positioned, SmackDown continued to use a variation of the graphics package that had been in use since its first HD broadcast in January 2008, until the show moved to Thursday nights on January 15, 2015, when an all-new graphics package (now optimized for the 16:9 format) and intro video were introduced along with a revised SmackDown logo. On March 26, 2015, WWE added a small LED board to the left side of the ring on SmackDown, similar to Raw. On the September 14, 2015 season premiere of Raw, the middle rope was colored gold. Throughout the month of October 2015, the WWE broadcast table, entrance ramp, and ring skirts were co-branded with Susan G. Komen for the cure of breast cancer.[49] Also, the middle ring rope was pink to promote the fight against breast cancer.[49] Following the brand split in 2016, the ropes return to its original blue color as well as debuting a new set. The post brand extension set was almost identical to the TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs set from 2009-2013 and caused some negative feedback among online fans for re-using an old stage design. A month after the new set debut, a more distinctive and elaborate stage was created for SmackDown. The current stage used is a new design with multiple LED side panels on each side with a titan-tron in a semi circle in the center. The new set also introduced LED floor panels on the entrance ramp. Feedback was more positive for this set design.

Theme music

Song title Written and/or performed by Dates used Ref
"Everybody on the Ground" Jim Johnston April 29, 1999 – August 9, 2001 [50]
"The Beautiful People" Marilyn Manson August 16, 2001 – May 15, 2003 [50]
"I Want It All" Jim Johnston May 22, 2003 – September 16, 2004 [50][51]
"Rise Up (Instrumental)" Jim Johnston September 23, 2004 (only used for SmackDown's 5th Anniversary show) [50]
"Rise Up" Drowning Pool September 30, 2004 – March 17, 2006 [50][52]
"Rise Up 2006" Ryan McCombs March 24, 2006 – September 26, 2008
"If You Rock Like Me" Jim Johnston October 3, 2008 – September 25, 2009 [50]
"Let It Roll" Divide the Day October 2, 2009 – September 24, 2010 [50]
"Hangman" Rev Theory 2009 – 2013 [50]
"Know Your Enemy" Green Day October 1, 2010 – October 19, 2012 [50]
"Born 2 Run" 7Lions October 26, 2012 – April 4, 2014 [50]
"This Life" CFO$ April 4, 2014 – January 9, 2015; this song version featuring Dylan Owen was used as the bumper song. [50]
"Centuries" Fall Out Boy October 10, 2014 (only used for SmackDown's 15th Anniversary show) [53][54][55]
"Black and Blue" CFO$ January 15, 2015 – July 19, 2016 [56]
"Take a Chance"1 CFO$ July 26, 2016 – present [1]
Victorious Panic! At The Disco October 16th, 2018 (Only used for SmackDown 1000 Episode)
Notes
  1. ^ Bold song titles are currently being used as the opening theme.

Cultural references

On July 10, 2007, Merriam-Webster included the word smackdown in Webster's Dictionary.[57][58] Merriam Webster defined a "smackdown" as:

  • The act of knocking down or bringing down an opponent.
  • A contest in entertainment wrestling.
  • A decisive defeat.
  • A confrontation between rivals or competitors.

The Oxford English Dictionary traces the use of the word smackdown in English back at least as far as 1990, but notes that a professional wrestling television show "popularised" the term.

Special episodes

Throughout its broadcast history, the show has aired editions that have different themes. These include tributes to various professional wrestlers who have recently died or retired from actively performing, and episodes commemorating various show milestones or anniversaries.

On-air personalities

Various on-air personalities appear on the show, including the wrestlers (both men and women), ring announcers, commentators, and on-screen authority figures. SmackDown also has had various recurring on-air segments hosted by members of the roster.

Other SmackDown-branded properties

Although SmackDown has been the second largest show in the WWE, the company's use of the term went beyond its namesake program. During the 2000-'01 U.S. election campaign, the WWE launched the SmackDown! Your Vote program.[59]

The name was also used when WWE released its 2015 film The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown! and WWE Network's show Kitchen SmackDown!.[60]

Broadcast

In addition to broadcasts on USA Network and Universo in the United States and broadcasts to American troops deployed overseas on AFN Sports 2,[11][61] SmackDown also appears on-air internationally.

Americas

SmackDown airs live on Fox Sports in Mexico[62][63][64] and across Central and South America.[62][65][66]

From 1999 to early 2015, SmackDown aired in Canada matching the United States airtime and currently airs on Sportsnet 360 (previously known as Headline Sports until 2000 and The Score from 2000–2013). When SmackDown moved back Thursday nights, the show was broadcast on Wednesday nights (with the exception of live episodes) in Canada January 14, 2015 to July 13, 2016, due to national NHL coverage being aired on Sportsnet 360 on Thursday nights, as part of a 12-year deal between Rogers Communications (Owner of Sportsnet) and the NHL.[67][68] However, from July 19, 2016, SmackDown again started airing in Canada simultaneously with the United States, following SmackDown's move to a live Tuesday night broadcast.

Asia, Africa and Oceana

SmackDown airs live in Australia on Fox8 and Friday nights on 9Go! as a one-hour version,[69][70] and airs live in New Zealand on Sky 5 and Friday nights on Prime as a one-hour version.[71]

SmackDown airs in China on various television networks.

SmackDown airs in Fiji on Sky Pacific and Sky Fiji.[72]

SmackDown airs live in India and in Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan on Sony Ten[73][74][75] and Kenya on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.[76]

SmackDown airs in Malaysia on Astro Supersport 4,[77] and Malta on Melita Sports 1.[78][79]

The series airs in the Philippines on TV5 as a one-hour version and on One Sports.[80]

The series airs live in Singapore on Starhub's HubSports 2,[81] South Africa on SuperSport,[82] and Samoa on SBC.

SmackDown airs in the Middle East and North Africa on OSN,[83] and Israel on Sport 5.[84] It also airs on FM1 (Previously Iran FM-TV) in Iran.

Europe

The series airs live in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Arena, with replay shows airing on Sky Sports Arena.[85]

The series airs in France on AB1 and in Italy on Sky Sports 2.

SmackDown Live airs in Germany every Thursday at 10:00pm on ProSieben MAXX.

In Portugal the full two hours episode airs on SportTV 5 on Wednesdays at 7:00pm and a one-hour version airs on SportTV+ on Saturday mornings at 11:00am.[86]

SmackDown Live airs on 2×2[87] in the Russia.[88] in Russian

In Greece SmackDown Live airs every Sunday at 01:00 pm at Skai TV

Jamaica

Smackdown Live airs on Flow 1 in Jamaica.

Online streaming

On May 22, 2009, Hulu and WWE agreed to air full episodes of SmackDown to be available for viewing the day following its original airing.[89] On September 24, 2012, Hulu signed a multi-year deal with WWE to stream all of the company's TV shows and some of its web series, which includes SmackDown. Full episodes of SmackDown are available for viewing the following day of its original airing.[90] All previous episodes of SmackDown are available on the WWE Network, where recent episodes are available for on-demand viewing 30 days after the original air date.[91][92]

See also

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Carmella (wrestler)

Leah Van Dale (born October 23, 1987) is an American professional wrestler, dancer, and model. She is signed to WWE under the ring name Carmella, and performs on the SmackDown brand.

In June 2013, Van Dale signed a contract with WWE and was assigned to their developmental brand NXT in Orlando, Florida. In October 2014, she aligned herself with Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, becoming their manager. In July 2016, she made her main roster debut on SmackDown. In June 2017, Carmella became the winner of the inaugural women's Money in the Bank ladder match. In April 2018, she became the first woman in WWE to successfully cash-in her Money in the Bank opportunity, when she defeated Charlotte Flair to win the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship.

List of WWE 2K Games video games

WWE 2K Games (formerly WWF SmackDown!, WWE SmackDown!, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw, and WWE Games) is a series of professional wrestling video games based on the American professional wrestling promotion WWE. The series was first published by THQ until 2013, when Take-Two Interactive's 2K Sports took over. Games in the series are primarily developed by the Japanese based company, Yuke's. The series was published by Yuke's and known as Exciting Pro Wrestling in Japan until 2005. Following SmackDown vs. Raw 2007, THQ took over as the Japanese publisher and the series adopted the western name. Initially, the series was exclusive to PlayStation video game consoles, and was featured in all of the seventh generation consoles by 2008. The SmackDown! series is among the best-selling video game franchises with 47 million copies shipped as of 2009. The game engine for the series is based on that used by the Japanese professional wrestling video game series, Toukon Retsuden and Rumble Roses, a fictional professional wrestling series, both developed by Yuke's. THQ and Yuke's Future Media Creators consider one reason the series has remained so popular is due to series bringing "WWE programming to life through a host of key new features, extensive rosters with WWE's most popular Superstars, incredible graphics and engaging action in and beyond the ring."

SmackDown (WWE brand)

SmackDown is a brand of the U.S. based professional wrestling promotion WWE. The brand was first established on March 25, 2002 with a draft on Monday Night Raw and went into effect one week later on April 2. The brand was discontinued in August 2011, but was brought back in July 2016. Wrestlers assigned to the SmackDown brand wrestle predominantly on the SmackDown Live television program, the seasonal Mixed Match Challenge, the interbrand Worlds Collide, as well as SmackDown branded and co-branded pay-per-view events and WWE Network events. During the first brand split, they also competed on Velocity and on ECW under a talent exchange program.

WWE '12

WWE '12 is a professional wrestling video game developed by Yuke's and published by THQ for PlayStation 3, Wii, and Xbox 360 systems. It is the first game in the WWE series and the thirteenth overall in the combined series. It is the sequel to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 and is succeeded by WWE '13. It is also the first game in the series developed exclusively for the seventh generation of home consoles. It was released on November 22, 2011 in North America, November 25 in Europe, and on January 26, 2012 in Japan. A Europe-exclusive WWE '12 WrestleMania Edition was released on May 25, 2012.

WWE 2K

WWE 2K is a series of professional wrestling video games that are currently developed by Visual Concepts and Yuke's, and published by 2K Sports. These series of games are based on the sport of professional wrestling, more specifically, World Wrestling Entertainment, which features the professional wrestling match types, storylines, and playable characters (wrestlers).

WWE Championship

The WWE Championship is a world heavyweight championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It is one of two world titles for WWE's main roster, alongside the WWE Universal Championship that was created for the Raw brand as a result of the 2016 WWE draft. The current champion is Kofi Kingston, who is in his first reign.

The original world championship of the promotion, it was established by the then-World Wide Wrestling Federation (WWWF) on April 25, 1963 as the WWWF World Heavyweight Championship, following the promotion seceding from the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA). The inaugural champion was Buddy Rogers. Since its inception, the title has undergone many name changes due to company name changes and title unifications. It is the oldest championship currently active in the WWE, and is presented as being the promotion's most prestigious title, with many matches for the title having headlined pay-per-view events – including WWE's flagship event WrestleMania. In professional wrestling in general, it is considered by many to be one of the most prestigious championships of all time.From its inception until 2001, it was promoted as WWE's sole primary championship. An additional world title, the WCW Championship, was added after the then-World Wrestling Federation's purchase of World Championship Wrestling in early 2001. The titles were later unified as the Undisputed Championship. After the first brand extension in 2002 and the promotion becoming the WWE, the championship became exclusive to SmackDown, and the World Heavyweight Championship was created for Raw. ECW became a third brand in 2006, adding the ECW World Heavyweight Championship. Over the course of the first brand extension, the WWE Championship switched between brands, usually as a result of the annual draft. The ECW Championship was deactivated in 2010, and the World Heavyweight Championship was unified with the WWE Championship in 2013. The championship was again the sole world title of WWE's main roster until the reintroduction of the brand extension in 2016.

WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain

WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain (Known as Exciting Pro Wrestling 5 in Japan) is a professional wrestling video game developed by Yuke's and published by THQ for PlayStation 2. It is the sequel to WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth, released in October 2002, and is part of the WWE SmackDown! series based on World Wrestling Entertainment's weekly TV show SmackDown. It was the first SmackDown! game to feature a catchphrase not linked back to The Rock in its title. It was also the final WWE game to solely use the SmackDown! name, as it was succeeded by WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw series in November 2004.

WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth

WWE SmackDown! Shut Your Mouth (Known as Exciting Pro Wrestling 4 in Japan) is a professional wrestling video game released on the PlayStation 2 console by THQ and developed by Yuke's. It is part of the WWE SmackDown! video game series based on the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This game was the sequel to WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It and was succeeded by WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain. It is also the first game in the series named under the "WWE" banner.

WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw

WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw (often shortened to WWE SvR or SVR 2005 and known as Exciting Pro Wrestling 6: SmackDown! vs. Raw in Japan), is a professional wrestling video game released on the PlayStation 2 console by THQ and developed by Yuke's. It is part of the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw (later renamed to WWE 2K) series (the first under the SmackDown vs. Raw name) and is based on the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). This game is the sequel to 2003's WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain and was succeeded in 2005 by WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006.

WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006

WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006 (subtitled Exciting Pro Wrestling 7 in Japan), is a professional wrestling video game released on the PlayStation 2 console and the PlayStation Portable handheld console by THQ and developed by Yuke's. It is part of the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw (later renamed to simply WWE) video game series based on the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It is the sequel to 2004's WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw and was succeeded by WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 in 2006.

The main focus of the game is to bring more realism and authenticity to the series with many new features, breaking away from the arcade-like gameplay that earlier games in the SmackDown! series possessed. As well as the addition of the new Buried Alive and Fulfill Your Fantasy matches, the game also included two new modes: General Manager and Create-An-Entrance.

This game is the first time a game in the SmackDown! series that was published for a handheld console, as it was released on the PlayStation Portable. It is also the last game in the series to be released exclusively for the PlayStation consoles. It is the best selling game for the PlayStation 2 console out of the series. A steelbook version of the game was released exclusively in Australia.

WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship

The WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship is a professional wrestling world tag team championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It is the eighth overall male tag team championship to have existed in the WWE. The title is one of two male tag team championships for WWE's main roster, along with the Raw Tag Team Championship on the Raw brand. The current champions are The New Day, who are in their record-tying fourth reign.

Unveiled on the August 23, 2016 episode of SmackDown Live, it was created to be the counterpart title to the then-WWE Tag Team Championship, which became exclusive to Raw as a result of the 2016 WWE draft. That title was subsequently renamed after the crowning of the inaugural SmackDown Tag Team Champions, Heath Slater and Rhyno.

WWE SmackDown Women's Championship

The WWE SmackDown Women's Championship is a women's professional wrestling world championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the SmackDown brand. It is one of the top two women's championships for WWE's main roster, along with the Raw Women's Championship on the Raw brand. The current champion is Bayley, who is in her first reign.

The title was unveiled on the August 23, 2016, episode of SmackDown Live as the counterpart title to the then-WWE Women's Championship, which became exclusive to Raw as a result of the 2016 WWE draft. That title was subsequently renamed after the crowning of the inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion Becky Lynch. It has been contested in the headlining match of a WWE pay-per-view event at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in December 2018 and, along with the Raw Women's Championship, was defended in the main event match of WrestleMania 35 in April 2019, WWE's flagship event.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007 is a professional wrestling video game developed by Yuke's and published by THQ. It is based on the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and is the eighth installment of the WWE SmackDown! series and is the successor to 2005's WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006 and was succeeded by WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 in 2007. On 31 March 2006, THQ, Yuke's and WWE officially confirmed the game. The game was released worldwide in November 2006 for PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 and a month later for PlayStation Portable.

The game introduced a few key new features including an analog control system, interactive hotspots, and fighting within the arena crowd. The game also included several improvements on the previous game's existing match types and modes. The Xbox 360 version was the first game in the SmackDown series to be published on a seventh generation video game console and the first game in the series to be released outside the PlayStation consoles.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 is a professional wrestling video game developed by Yuke's and released on the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS video game consoles by THQ in November 2007. Amaze Entertainment oversaw development for the Nintendo DS version.The game is the ninth edition of the long-running WWE SmackDown vs. Raw (later renamed to simply WWE) video game series based on the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It is the sequel to 2006's WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007, succeeded by WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 in 2008. It is the first WWE game to include the promotion's ECW brand. It is also the first WWE game to be available for all seventh generation video game consoles.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009 is a professional wrestling video game developed by Yuke's and published by THQ for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, Wii, and Xbox 360 video game consoles. It is the tenth video game in the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw (later renamed to simply WWE) series, and is the sequel to its 2007's predecessor, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2008 and is succeeded by 2009's WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010. TOSE oversaw development for the Nintendo DS version. The game was released on November 9, 2008 in North America.

The video game is based on the professional wrestling promotion, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and is named after the promotion's two brands, Raw and SmackDown. The game introduced a few key new features including the Inferno match, a revamped tag team match, and four new game modes: Create-a-Finisher, Road to WrestleMania, Career and multiplayer season.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 (also shortened to WWE SvR 2010), is a professional wrestling video game developed by Yuke's and published by THQ for PlayStation 2 (PS2), PlayStation 3 (PS3), PlayStation Portable (PSP), Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360, and iOS. It is the eleventh video game in the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw (later renamed to simply WWE) series, and is the sequel to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009, and was succeeded by WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011. It was released on October 20, 2009 in North America, October 22, 2009 in Australia and October 23, 2009 in Europe. TOSE oversaw the development for the Nintendo DS version, which was the final game of the series to be released for the handheld.The game is based on the professional wrestling promotion World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and is named after the promotion's two brands: SmackDown and Raw. It also features the promotion's former third brand ECW. It is also the last game to feature ECW in its title. Similar to previous games in the series, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 involves players competing in various professional wrestling matches, either as one of the in-game characters based on WWE's roster or as a character created in the Create-a-Superstar mode. WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 adds several new features that primarily enable customization, such as a Story Designer allowing players to create their own playable WWE storylines, Road to Wrestlemania, an expansion on the Create-a-Finisher mode to include aerial techniques and for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, the customization of attire colors in a mode called Superstar Threads, a revamped Create-a-Superstar mode and a Paint Tool for creating logos to use on their created characters.

This game became the first of the series to be available as an iPhone App. It was released on December 23, 2009. As of June 2010, the game had since been removed from the App Store.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011 (also shortened to WWE SvR 2011 or SVR 11) is a professional wrestling video game developed by Yuke's and published by THQ for PlayStation 2 (PS2), PlayStation 3 (PS3), PlayStation Portable (PSP), Wii, and Xbox 360 systems. It is the seventh game in the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw series and the last game under the SmackDown vs. Raw name, with future installments simply being named WWE. It is the sequel to WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010 and succeeded by WWE '12. It was the last WWE game to be released on the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable platforms. It was released on October 26, 2010 in North America, October 28 in Australia, October 29 in Europe, and February 3, 2011 in Japan for the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions. The game is based on the two brands of WWE, Raw and SmackDown. A demo version of the game was released in Japan for Xbox 360 in early February 2011.

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw Online

WWE SmackDown vs. Raw Online is a cancelled professional wrestling video game previously under development by Vertigo Games that was to be published by THQ for Microsoft Windows.

WWE in New Zealand

WWE (formerly World Wrestling Federation and World Wrestling Entertainment), an American professional wrestling promotion based in Stamford, Connecticut in the United States owned by the McMahon family, has been promoting events in New Zealand since 2006.

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