As of yesterday, reports from PWInsider indicated that WWE’s
SmackDown brand could be reduced to a three-day touring schedule once the blue brand moves to FOX this October. Now though, new reports have surfaced to shoot
down that talk of a three-day tour for the Smackers crew.
Those initial reports claimed that the SmackDown roster
would do SmackDown Live on FOX on the Friday before then embarking on non-televised
live events on the Saturday and Sunday, but Dave Meltzer has moved to reiterate
how the SmackDown crew will instead be enjoying a four-day loop when that FOX
move kicks in.
A four-day road schedule has long been a staple for WWE talent, and
Uncle Dave claims that the SmackDown brand will have a non-televised live event on
the Thursday in addition to those Friday, Saturday and Sunday dates.
The only exception to this, of course, is when the Sunday
dates happen to fall on the same day as a PPV – in which case the PPV clearly
To back up Meltzer’s claims, the WWE website’s calendar does
have a SmackDown live event booked in for Thursday, October 17th – which is the
day before SmackDown Live’s October 18th debut on FOX.
Where Raw is concerned, the red brand will still run non-televised
events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday once SmackDown moves to its Friday spot
on FOX. The exception here again being Raw won’t run live events on PPV