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SmackDown Viewership Could Increase Big Time This Week

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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (October 9, 1988) – WWF Wrestling Challenge

On this day in 1988, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.

It was broadcasted from the Louisville Gardens in Louisville, Kentucky and featured pre-taped matches, promos & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Survivor Series 1988’ PPV.

The card can be found right here:

– Brutus Beefcake vs. Randy Spear

– Koko B. Ware vs. Trent Knight

– The Big Boss Man vs. Scott Hudson (not the WCW announcer)

– The Fabulous Rougeau Brothers vs. Tony Sober & Gene Ligon

– Jim Duggan vs. Al Burke

– The British Bulldogs vs. Barry Horowitz & George South

– “Ravishing” Rick Rude vs. Joe Cruz

• SmackDown Viewership Could Increase Big Time This Week

Last week’s episode of SmackDown, which was SmackDown’s 20th anniversary show and debut on FOX – featuring the return of The Rock and Brock Lesnar in the main event, drew 3.87 million viewers.

This is up from previous week’s 2.10 million viewers. Below are the top 10 moments from this week’s SmackDown:

As we noted recently, DISH Network and Sling dropped FOX and their affiliate channels. This means that over 12 million subscribers were affected by this and were not able to watch SmackDown last week.

WWE even reached out to their fans regarding this:

However, this isn’t a problem anymore as FOX has reached a deal with DISH and Sling. FOX issued the following statement regarding this:

“We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement with DISH and Sling, and they are immediately restoring their subscribers’ access to the Fox networks and television stations.

We are grateful to our viewers for their patience during this disruption.”

With that being said, we can now expect an increase in viewership for this week’s SmackDown as a lot more fans can tune in to watch the show.

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