1/7 Smackdown: Solid USA Network debut

WWE Smackdown Review
January 9, 2016
By: Adam Martin of Wrestleview.com

With the move to the USA Network this week, Smackdown was taking another big step on cable television after having spent nearly five years on Syfy.

While the overall audience figures between Syfy (94.8 million homes as of Feb. 2015) and the USA Network (95.5 million homes as of Feb. 2015) isn’t big, the move is significant with a stronger brand and now having both RAW and Smackdown on one network.

One of the things that I was looking forward to and paying close attention to was the introduction of Mauro Ranallo on commentary. As a big fan and follower of MMA, I was thrilled to see WWE make the move to bring in Ranallo and make him the “new voice of Smackdown” to kick off 2016. While the three man team formula would remain with Jerry “The King” Lawler and Byron Saxton joining Ranallo at ringside, it worked extremely well for the first outing and showed potential for a possible future for RAW.

RANALLO BRINGS “BIG FIGHT FEEL” TO COMMENTARY AT RINGSIDE

If you missed the ending sequence between Charlotte and Becky Lynch for the WWE Divas Championship, do yourself and favor and listen to the commentary of Mauro Ranallo.

Seriously, watch it. It starts around the 2:30 mark. I’ll wait.

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