The first episode of "WWE Smackdown" aired on August 26, 1999. "WWE Smackdown" is the second-longest-running weekly episodic television program in history behind only "WWE Raw."
"WWE Smackdown" airs on Thursdays in the United States on the SyFy Network, as of April 2015. "WWE Smackdown" features WWE Superstars John Cena, Seth Rollins, Daniel Bryan, Randy Orton and Roman Reigns, among others, competing in professional wrestling matches, often to settle feuds or win championships. "WWE Smackdown" tapes on Tuesdays and airs later in the week on networks around the world, unlike "WWE Raw," which broadcasts live every Monday. Matches and feuds on "Smackdown" are often continuations of the events that transpired on "Raw."