Friday Night SmackDown will air again on Fox Sports 1 on Friday, October 29 due to Game 3 of the World Series airing on FOX. After the episode airs, Talking Smack will be broadcast, again on Fox Sports 1. Usually, the WWE loads the episodes of Talking Smack on Saturdays on Peacock, but exactly like last year, on the occasion of the World Series, for this episode, it will be broadcast immediately after the show.
In doing so, the talk show will go head-to-head with AEW Rampage, as happened last week with the extra half hour that WWE added, ad-free, to its blue show. Paul Heyman has reportedly been permanently removed from his role as co-host of Talking Smack.
Talking Smack competes with AEW
Heyman hosted the post-SmackDown show with Kayla Braxton but has been replaced by SmackDown commentator Pat McAfee. As reported by the well-known site Showbuzz Daily, which deals with reporting all the rating numbers of the various American TV shows, the Supersized episode of Smackdown would have totaled 793 thousand viewers, while AEW Rampage would have stopped at 549 thousand.
Obviously, SmackDown dropped a lot compared to the usual ratings, but that was to be expected given the change of television channel, but still managed to beat Rampage, despite the fact that the show was built in detail by Tony Khan.
After this announcement we will see how All Elite Wrestling will behave, although honestly said, I don’t think that a Talk Show, which probably not so many people watch and which can be recovered soon after, could have the same power as Becky Lynch against Sasha.
Banks or the signing of the contract between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar without even half publicity. However, it is legitimate to think that the Jacksonville company will move accordingly by organizing something that can bring spectators to watch a wrestling match compared to an only spoken show, with the analysis of the episode just seen of SmackDown and some interviews with the athletes, too.
if in any case, they are often interesting interviews. What is certain is that we are faced with Friday Night War II again. Paul Heyman knows a thing or two about wowing audiences with the mic, and he has special praise for SmackDown commentator Pat McAfee: “What I’ve liked about what Pat McAfee has done is that he hasn’t tried to conform into the role of being the stereotypical color commentator, dating back to the days of when Roddy Piper was doing it in Georgia or when Jesse Ventura was doing it with WWE.”