After 690 episodes, WWE's primetime show 'Smackdown' has been a mainstay of weekly broadcasting for fourteen years. Usually airing on Fridays on Syfy, tonight the WWE presents 'Super Smackdown Live' from the United Kingdom.
The episode is one of a handful of special live broadcasts that the WWE presents throughout the year where the usually-pretaped blue-brand airs without spoilers hitting the web beforehand. Tonight's episode also marks the first time WWE has produced a 'Super Smackdown Live' from across the pond. Following Monday night's 'Raw' from Birmingham, the international setting allows for new crowd reactions to add to the program; last night saw long-time bad guy Wade Barrett garner a massive ovation as the Englishman performed in front of his countrymen.
Tonight's program has advertised a showdown between rivals Alberto del Rio and "The Viper" Randy Orton in a "Falls Count Anywhere" match.
Syfy has aired Smackdown since April of 2010, after the series moved from MyNetworkTV. Past episodes of 'Smackdown' are now available for free viewing on Hulu.
Back in 2007, Merriam-Webster added 'smackdown' to Webster's Dictionary, for some reason. A smackdown is defined as:
The act of knocking down or bringing down an opponent
A contest in entertainment wrestling
A decisive defeat
A confrontation between rivals or competitors
Next week, 'Smackdown' returns to its regular timeslot, Fridays at 8:00pm EST on Syfy.