WWE SmackDown is a Friday night tradition for pro wrestling fans. In the past, you had to have cable to catch the best WWE action. But that isn’t true at all anymore. In fact, you are generally better off live streaming. Read on to learn everything you need to know.
In a hurry? Wrestling fans don’t need to think too hard about choosing a streaming service since the major events from WWE and AEW only air on a couple of channels that are widely available. Here are the best streaming services for WWE SmackDown fans:
- Hulu + Live TV: Get 85+ live TV channels in addition to its outstanding on-demand library. Try Hulu free for 7 days!
- Sling TV: This is a great deal for people on a budget with Fox, FS1, USA, TBS, and TNT — all for $35/mo. Or try it for one month for just $10!
- FuboTV: If you want a heaping dose of sports with your WWE SmackDown, this is the way to go. Check out its free 7-day trial!
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On April 26, 1999, SmackDown aired live on UPN as a standalone WWE special episode. In August of that year, the show was given a permanent weekly time slot on that network.
Over the past 22 years, the show has featured a variety of stars such as Eddie Guerrero, Brock Lesnar, and the New Day. In 2016, WWE decided to make SmackDown its own brand complete with its own roster, championship, and storylines.
What Is WWE SmackDown?
This show is currently headlined by Roman Reigns, who is the brand’s top champion. However, SmackDown was originally used as a vehicle to showcase The Rock as he was one of the company’s top stars at the turn of the 21st century. In fact, the name of the show was taken from one of the many catchphrases he would use to insult, belittle, and taunt his opponents.
Attending the show live gives you a unique perspective as to what happens in the ring. This is because you won’t be subject to camera tricks or other tactics designed to prevent television viewers from seeing any mistakes made during a match.
What’s more, you’ll be able to watch matches that take place before and after the show that isn’t shown on television. Finally, attending a show live gives you the ability to buy your favorite wrestler’s merchandise or even get an autograph from a wrestler outside of the arena.
But obviously, going to the show isn’t normally an option.
Other Pro Wrestling Shows
WWE Friday Night SmackDown distinguishes itself from WWE Monday Night Raw and NXT through the use of a blue color scheme, and you’ll often hear the show described as the blue brand by wrestlers, commentators, and fans.
SmackDown is also different from the other brands because it is broadcast on Fox whereas the other brands are largely featured on USA and Peacock.
SmackDown and AEW Rampage differ because they are owned by two separate entities. WWE is owned by Vince McMahon while AEW is run by Tony Khan. He is related to Shad Khan, who is the owner of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.
Where to Watch SmackDown Live
SmackDown can be seen live on Fox every Friday at 8:00 pm local time. In addition to streaming services, you can watch Fox via an antenna in most locations. On some nights, the show is broadcast on Fox Sports One (FS1).
How to Stream WWE SmackDown Live
Since all you need to watch SmackDown is Fox, there are many streaming services to choose from.
FuboTV allows you to watch Fox and FS1 as part of its base tier of service that starts at $64.99 per month. The platform recently released a Fox 4K channel, which will provide greater picture clarity while watching live events such as SmackDown.
The problem with FuboTV is that it does not carry any of the Turner channels, which you need if you want to watch AWE Dynamite. But if you are fine with just the WWE shows, FuboTV is great — especially if you are a general sports fan.
For more details on FuboTV, check out our thorough review.
Hulu + Live TV
Fox and FS1 are part of the Hulu Live TV 85+ channel package. For $64.99 per month, you’ll also get access to USA, TNT, and TBS, which will allow you to watch all the major professional wrestling shows.
In addition, this plan comes with the complete Hulu on-demand plan, which provides you access to their library of SmackDown, Raw, and NXT shows.
See our Hulu + Live TV review for more details.
For $35 a month, the Sling Blue plan gives you Fox, FS1, TBS, TNT, and USA.
It’s a great plan for wrestling fans at an almost unbelievable price. You get a total of over 40 channels with many options to add to it. It even allows you to integrate channels you get from a local antenna!
For more details, see our Sling TV review.
Vidgo offers a base (Plus) plan that allows you to watch WWE SmackDown by providing Fox and FS1 for $55 per month. It has a good lineup of 85+ channels. Unfortunately, it doesn’t offer TBS, TNT, or USA. This means you won’t have access to Raw, NXT, or AEW Dynamite.
Still, it is a good plan for sports fans and families. You can find out more in our Vidgo review.
DIRECTV STREAM (formerly AT&T TV Now) offers all the pro wrestling channels you want in its base (Entertainment) plan for $69.99 per month. It has a number of other plans that provide more channels.
This service is particularly good for large households as it allows you to stream on up to 20 devices at one time — and 3 when away from home.
See the DIRECTV STREAM review for more information.
The Fox Sports app allows you to stream WWE SmackDown. You do need to have a TV provider (eg, streaming service) account to use it.
You can also subscribe to YouTube TV for $64.99 a month to watch SmackDown. It is similar to the Hulu + Live TV plan with 85+ channels including all the ones you want for professional wrestling.
How to Stream SmackDown On-Demand
Since WWE SmackDown shows are not aired live in real-time, many fans are fine watching episodes later on-demand. It’s much cheaper to do it this way.
Hulu without the live television feature is just $6.99 per month with ads and $12.99 without them. Most episodes of SmackDown are available the day after they air live.
Note that this is the last year of Hulu’s contract with the WWE. It’s possible Hulu won’t be as good a deal for wrestling fans next year.
Peacock provides good access to WWE shows in general. But you must get one of its paid plans. It is $4.99 per month with ads and $9.99 without. Alternatively, you can pay $49.99 or $99.99 a year for premium access to this platform.
In addition to SmackDown, you’ll be able to watch Raw, NXT, and other content uploaded to WWE Network. You can also watch pay-per-view (PPV) events through Peacock.
Note that shows do not become available on-demand for 30 days after they initially air.
TVs and Other Devices to Watch WWE SmackDown
The streaming services we’ve discussed support the majority of TVs and devices currently in use.
TVs and TV Devices
All the streaming services other than Vidgo support Samsung smart TVs. The LG, Vizio, and Android TV-powered smart TVs are supported by FuboTV, Hulu + Live TV, and Sling TV.
All the streaming services support the “stick” devices: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, and Roku.
Most smartphones and tablets are supported by Android and iOS (iPhone, iPad).
These devices can be used to cast to your TV via Chromecast (built-in or external).
Any device with a web browser can show pro wrestling with these streaming services. You can connect some of these devices to a TV via an HDMI cable.
Many people use their gaming systems to stream video. Fubo, Hulu, and Sling all support the Xbox One. Hulu supports PlayStation and Nintendo Switch. And Sling TV supports Oculus.
There are more supported devices. See the streaming service reviews for details.
For more than 20 years, WWE SmackDown has been entertaining audiences throughout the world. Whether you choose to attend the show live or watch it on television, you will surely have a good time seeing your favorite performers battle it out for supremacy.
This show is available through a variety of streaming platforms, which means that you will likely find a plan that fits your content needs and budget.
How soon are SmackDown episodes available on Hulu?
New episodes of SmackDown are generally available a day after they air live. Therefore, an episode that is shown live on Friday will likely be available on Saturday. If you have Peacock, the most recent episode of this show is generally not available until 30 days after its original air date. It’s worth noting that WWE events may not air on Hulu in the future because of contractual issues.
How do I watch WWE SmackDown and AEW Rampage?
Generally, SmackDown and AEW Rampage overlap. So the easiest way to watch them both is to record one on DVR and watch it later. Many streaming platforms have their own DVR services that allow you to record content for free. DVRs generally have a set number of hours you can use for recordings but some services are unlimited.
How can I watch other pro wrestling shows without cable?
We’ve written guides on how to watch different shows: