It has been officially announced.
WWE's weekly television show SmackDown debuted on April 29th, 1999. Throughout the years the program has moved from Thursday's to Friday's to Tuesday's and for the past two years SmackDown has been airing live on the USA Network. This coming October, WWE will be celebrating the 1000th episode of SmackDown and it will take place at the 'Capitol One Arena' in Washington D.C. and below is the official announcement of SmackDown 1000 and the press release features a comment from the WWE Chairman himself, Vince McMahon.
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The historic 1,000th episode of WWE SmackDown Live will take place from the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, and air live on USA Network at 8/7C. Tickets are available starting this Friday, August 17 at 10 am ET at the Capital One Arena box office, via ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
"1,000 episodes is a tremendous milestone reinforcing the longevity and popularity of WWE,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “But it’s only the beginning, and the best is yet to come for SmackDown.”
"On air since 1999, SmackDown Live is the second-longest running weekly episodic cable television show in U.S. primetime history, only behind Monday Night Raw. SmackDown Live is currently among the most-watched, regularly scheduled programs on primetime cable and delivers more viewers in primetime than any cable network in the U.S. (2.9 million average viewers). SmackDown Live has aired more original episodes than some of the most popular television series of all time, including The Simpsons, Gunsmoke, Lassie and Monday Night Football.
SmackDown Live has also helped launch the careers of pop-culture icons including Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, John Cena, Undertaker, Triple H, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Bella Twins."
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