Yes, that was the answer, hypothetical reader asking this question. WWE announced less than two weeks ago that they would stream a live wwe smackville wrestling show starting at 9 ET/6PT on Saturday, July 27th (it is the final hour of a house program on the Network).
Yesterday they tweeted about it, and I realized that I had completely forgotten all about it, despite having written an article for With Spandex about its announcement. Despite it being called wwe smackville. This is my Best and Worst article on this topic. It’s in between Best/Worsts articles about NJPW G1 Climax 29, mostly because I saw the blue guitar logo of this show pop up on Twitter yesterday.
Despite the randomness of Smackville, it wasn’t born out of thin air. These non-PPV Network live events have been shown on WWE’s television screens before. The one-hour version of Starrcade’s 2010s house show revival Fantasy Football Trade Targets was shown in November 2018. The Shield’s Final Chapter was also shown. This is the part of the house show where the Shield fought their last six-man tag this April.
Many who are familiar with wrestling know that this is a natural connection to All Elite Wrestling’s new show. All Elite Wrestling has been hosting their events on Saturdays since the beginning of the year. Cody even referred EVOLVE’s debut on the Network opposite AEW’s charity show to be counter-programming after said charity show.
WWE Smackville & Worst – Pre-Gaming for The Biggest Party Of The Summer
If you are a fan and also a stockholder, pro wrestling is not worth your time. The creative aspect of wrestling is what keeps fans hooked, whether it’s engaging storylines, in-ring performances, or ideally both. Is there any entertainment or creative value to WWE Smackville other than the name WWE Smackville for wrestling fans?
Before I say that this review ends on an optimistic note, I will tell you that the opening match of WWE Smackville is more sad than entertaining. It makes the case for streaming house shows on Network and thus entering them into the WWE canon.
Because Ali and Nakamura are fighting over the Intercontinental Championship, Ali is the best person to take on Nakamura. This is also the reason to not just air an Ali-vs. Nakamura singles match on a house show shortly before SummerSlam! WWE loves to promote “first-time-ever” match-ups. But not this one.