Smackdown not affected in Canada
Stacked card gets full showing north of the border
JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Canadians will get their full two hour fix of the Smackdown brand this Thursday.
The Score has announced that the September 8th broadcast of one of World Wrestling Entertainment's flagship shows will run the scheduled two hours.
"We will be airing a 2 hour version of Smackdown. It won't affect Canada," said Anthony Cicione of The Score.
At this time, UPN is only showing a one-hour broadcast of the "season premier" of Smackdown on its primetime schedule at upn.com. The broadcast, which normally begins at 8pm Eastern Standard Time on Fridays, will be pre-empted for an hour so that UPN can air the Hurricane Katrina benefit show Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast.
U.S.-based fans will get to see the second hour online at wwe.com. "Friday Night SmackDown on UPN will be a special one-hour edition this week, beginning at 9 p.m. ET. The other hour will be viewable right here on WWE.com," the company said on their website.
The debut of Friday Night Smackdown is loaded with a strong card that includes Batista defending his World Title against JBL in a Bullrope Match, Eddie Guererro versus Rey Mysterio Jr. in a steel cage, Chris Benoit squaring off against Orlando Jordan for the United States Title, MNM facing L.O.D. 2005 for the Tag Team straps and a teased appearance by The Undertaker.
The Score to keep Smackdown on Thursdays
Jon Waldman has been with SLAM! since 2000.