This has been one of the more eventful weeks in the history of professional wrestling, and it all gets capped off on Friday night as WWE's SmackDown brand officially makes the move to the Fox network in prime time. Beginning this Friday night at 8 p.m. ET, the blue brand will be featured on network television each and every week in the same time slot on Fox. Friday's debut show will also serve as a 20th anniversary celebration for SmackDown, so the card for the event is loaded with some premier matches as well as some big-name stars making their presences felt.
The headlining bout on the PPV-quality card will feature Brock Lesnar challenging Kofi Kingston for the WWE championship in a match many feel will result in an inevitable return of Lesnar to champion status. Lesnar last wrestled at SummerSlam back in August, losing the universal championship to Seth Rollins. Now, he looks to get a world championship back around his massive waist by ending the feel-good championship run of Kingston that began back in April at WrestleMania 35.
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In addition to the loaded match card, the debut offering of SmackDown on Fox will feature a plethora of legends returning to take part in the celebration, and of course, we could be in store for a few surprises as well. The show's namesake will even be making his presence felt as it's already been confirmed thatin Los Angeles for the monumental event.
It will be a night you won't want to miss as SmackDown debuts on its new home, and below is all the information you need to catch the show on Friday.
Watch SmackDown on Fox debut
Date: Friday, Oct. 4
Location: Staples Center -- Los Angeles, California
Start time: 8 p.m. ET
Watch live: FOX | Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
SmackDown on Fox debut card
- WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Brock Lesnar
- Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks & Bayley
- Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon (Ladder match)
- Roman Reigns vs. Erick Rowan