With the final 30 minutes of Smackdown going head-to-head with the first 30 minutes of Rampage this Friday, AEW President Tony Khan announced that the company will hold a live Buy-In broadcast on YouTube starting at 9PM ET to go head-to-head with the second hour of Smackdown. The announcement was made by Khan on the Moose and Maggie show on WFAN Sports Radio.
Rampage this Friday is live from Miami and Smackdown will be live on FS1 rather than on FOX, giving the two shows a rare cable television battle. Smackdown will be two-and-a-half hours on Friday and is being promoted as “Supersized.”
Khan told WWE to bring it on and said he cannot wait to beat WWE’s top show this Friday in the ratings. Unfortunately, Rampage is on a seven-week viewership decline and barely broke 500,000 viewers last week. But Smackdown is on FS1 due to MLB so WWE’s audience is expected to be cut in half as well.
The 9PM YouTube broadcast this Friday will feature Bryan Danielson and Bobby Fish both in singles action, although their opponents were not revealed by the young AEW President yet. Rampage will kick off at 10PM on TNT.