In what can only be described as a MAJOR DEAL – World Wrestling Entertainment is moving Friday Night Smackdown from MyNetwork TV, a network television staple for eleven years, to Syfy, a cable network, according to the Los Angeles Times publication THIS October.
Syfy will be paying 30 million dollars for Smackdown. We expect an official announcement made by WWE and Syfy later this week. Syfy already airs Tuesday Night’s WWE NXT program. Smackdown has never been on a cable network, so this is a first. As it stands, Smackdown is the final “original” program on MyNetwork TV and the first episode, back on October 3rd, 2008, scored a 3.2 rating – the highest in network history.
Update April 13th, 2010: According to F4WOnline.com, NXT will be cancelled in the fall and Smackdown wi ll remain the network’s only wrestling programming.