FOX Sports and WWE have issued a press release announcing special WWE programming heading into Friday Night SmackDown’s debut on October 4.
On Friday, September 27 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 Central The Miz and Charlotte Flair will host a one-hour show highlighting the best moments from SmackDown. On Sunday at a time to be determined due to FOX’s NFL commitments, John Cena will host a special looking at the best WrestleMania moments from the past 35 events.
FOX also confirmed that Friday Night Smackdown will start at 8:00 p.m. Eastern/7:00 Central with a Kickoff Show starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern/6:30 Central. For West Coast viewers, Smackdown will air at 8:00 p.m. Pacific/7:00 Mountain. For authenticated viewers on the West Coast, Smackdown will stream live on the FOX Sports App starting at 6:00 p.m. Mountain/5:00 Pacific.
More details about WWE programming on FOX Sports will be issued at a later date.
You can view the entire press release below:
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Los Angeles – Leading up to the network debut of FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN on FOX on Friday, Oct. 4, FOX Sports presents a slate of special programming, pre-event coverage and cross-platform integrations in anticipation of the marquee event.
A pair of hour-long WWE specials lead the charge, beginning with WWE SMACKDOWN’S GREATEST HITS, on Friday, Sept. 27, on FOX (8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT/7:00 PM MT/8:00 PM PT). Hosted by WWE Superstars Charlotte Flair and The Miz, the show highlights the most memorable moments from the storied franchise. On Sunday, Sept. 29, John Cena narrates WWE WRESTLEMANIA’S LEGENDARY MOMENTS, offering viewers a chance to relive the most spectacular WrestleMania moments from the past 35 years. Check local listings for air times surrounding Sunday’s NFL on FOX singleheader action.
Less than a week later, FOX Sports rolls out the “blue carpet” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN KICKOFF SHOW on Friday, Oct. 4 (7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT/6:30 PM MT/7:30 PM PT). This star-studded show features “blue carpet” arrivals and backstage access to celebrities and athletes, as well as past and present WWE Superstars to kick off the new era of WWE on FOX.
In front of a star-studded crowd in Los Angeles, FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN airs live at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT on FOX. For viewers in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, SmackDown airs at 7:00 PM MT/8:00 PM PT on FOX. For all authenticated viewers nationwide, SmackDown will be available to stream live at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT/6:00 PM MT/5:00 PM PT on the FOX Sports App.
Today, FOX Sports also launches its WWE on FOX social handles, which will provide insight, analysis and entertainment across social platforms. For more information, explore @WWEonFOX on Twitter, @WWEonFOX on Instagram and WWE on FOX on Facebook.
Additional details on FOX Sports’ WWE programming will be announced at a later date.