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As per the WWE’s touring schedule, the July 23 SmackDown is at present scheduled from the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. So the episode will characteristic a split-site broadcast with a number of matches from Rolling Loud from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida whereas the rest of the present will go down in Cleveland.

WWE is now selling the upcoming present because the first-ever collaboration between the corporate and a significant music pageant even if WWE NXT had performed matches on the United Kingdom Download Festival for a couple of years earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic introduced it to a halt.

Rolling Loud 2021 will likely be headlined by Travis Scott, Post Malone, and A$AP Rocky. WWE Superstars will get the privilege to share the identical stage with these rappers.

“What Matt Zingler, Tariq Cherif, and the entire Rolling Loud team have built is spectacular,” stated Scott Zanghellini, WWE Senior Vice President, Revenue Strategy & Development in a press launch. “We couldn’t think of a better partner to deliver such a unique WWE experience to fans during the July 23 edition of Friday Night SmackDown on FOX.”

“I grew up on Sweet Chin Music, mesmerized by the spectacle that Vince McMahon and co have built at WWE,” stated Tariq Cherif, Co-Founder/Co-CEO of Rolling Loud Miami pageant. “The idea of weaving our two storylines into one world, one must see event, is electrifying.”

“And I quote! If ya smell…what the WWE and Rolling Loud…is…cookin’! Give me a hell yeah!,” stated Rolling Loud Co-Founder/Co-CEO, Matt Zingler.

FOX will likely be fairly excited to safe this cross-brand platform for SmackDown as they all the time wish to get some mainstream consideration to the WWE reveals.

But they’re not definitely pleased with the present’s numbers. The July 2nd version drew a median of 1.861 million viewers on FOX, in line with Nielsen, through Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics.

The quantity is down 5.58% from final week’s remaining SmackDown viewership of 1.971 million viewers for the publish Hell In a Cell version. This previous Friday’s viewership additionally marked the bottom of this yr and the second-lowest since SmackDown moved to FOX in October 2019. The key demo score was the second-lowest of the yr and the third-lowest on FOX.

SmackDown featured a couple of earlier marketed segments – WWE Hall of Famer Edge’s presence on the present, a Falls Count Anywhere Money In The Bank Qualifier Match between Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.

Zelina Vega additionally returned to the present which was leaked out, on-line shortly earlier than showtime. But it needs to be famous that WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns missed the present.

This week’s SmackDown marks the ultimate version from WWE ThunderDome on the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida as WWE returns to the highway, ranging from subsequent week.

The July 16 Friday Night episode will kick off reveals with reside followers in attendance from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas as viewerships and scores are anticipated to go greater.

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