On July 19 at 8 pm ET on USA Network, SmackDown will air live for the first time in its 882 episodes. However, tonight’s program won’t be a typical live show. Instead of featuring fights, the WWE will hold a draft between the executives at Monday Night Raw and SmackDown. But the executives aren’t who you’d think.
Daniel Bryan will be calling the shots for SmackDown, while Mick Foley will be tasked with determining the fate of Monday Night Raw. Since the draft has the potential to completely shake up the two shows’ rosters, creating new story lines, heroes, villains, and tensions, these two WWE legends have little room for error.
Can’t wait until 8 pm? Don’t worry. WWE Network will also air a SmackDown Live Pre-Show, which begins at 7 pm ET and is hosted by Renee Young and former WWE stars Booker T, Lita and Corey Graves.
After tonight, both SmackDown and Raw will make the full transition to live broadcasts: SmackDown on Tuesdays and Raw on Mondays.