FOX Announces ‘Blue Carpet’ Pre-Show, WrestleMania Special Hosted by John Cena & More Ahead of Smackdown Debut


FOX Sports issued a press release today confirming reports of a one-hour special entitled “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits”, airing on Friday, September 27 at 8PM ET as a preview just one week before the blue brand debuts live on FOX.

Charlotte Flair and The Miz have been tapped to host the highlight show, but that’s not all! FOX has also announced another one-hour special entitled “WWE WrestleMania’s Legendary Moments” hosted by none other than 16-time world champion John Cena. A specific time has not yet been determined, so check your local listings as it will likely air sometime between the NFL game at 1PM ET and the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy awards at 7PM ET.

FOX will also be rolling out the “Blue Carpet” for a half-hour preview show on the night of Smackdown’s debut, which will feature the arrivals of and interviews with WWE Superstars and returning legends, as well as special guest celebrities and athletes from across the FOX branding. You can also following the new “WWE on FOX” social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Special “Blue Carpet” Preview Show to Celebrate Arrival of WWE on FOX

FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN Air Time Details Announced

Los Angeles – Leading up to the network debut of FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN on FOX on Friday, Oct. 4, FOX Sports presents a slate of special programming, pre-event coverage and cross-platform integrations in anticipation of the marquee event.

A pair of hour-long WWE specials lead the charge, beginning with WWE SMACKDOWN’S GREATEST HITS, on Friday, Sept. 27, on FOX (8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT/7:00 PM MT/8:00 PM PT). Hosted by WWE Superstars Charlotte Flair and The Miz, the show highlights the most memorable moments from the storied franchise. On Sunday, Sept. 29, John Cena narrates WWE WRESTLEMANIA’S LEGENDARY MOMENTS, offering viewers a chance to relive the most spectacular WrestleMania moments from the past 35 years. Check local listings for air times surrounding Sunday’s NFL on FOX singleheader action.

Less than a week later, FOX Sports rolls out the “blue carpet” at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN KICKOFF SHOW on Friday, Oct. 4 (7:30 PM ET/6:30 PM CT/6:30 PM MT/7:30 PM PT). This star-studded show features “blue carpet” arrivals and backstage access to celebrities and athletes, as well as past and present WWE Superstars to kick off the new era of WWE on FOX.

In front of a star-studded crowd in Los Angeles, FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN airs live at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT on FOX. For viewers in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, SmackDown airs at 7:00 PM MT/8:00 PM PT on FOX. For all authenticated viewers nationwide, SmackDown will be available to stream live at 8:00 PM ET/7:00 PM CT/6:00 PM MT/5:00 PM PT on the FOX Sports App.

Today, FOX Sports also launches its WWE on FOX social handles, which will provide insight, analysis and entertainment across social platforms. For more information, explore @WWEonFOX on Twitter, @WWEonFOX on Instagram and WWE on FOX on Facebook.

Additional details on FOX Sports’ WWE programming will be announced at a later date.