WWE has announced that their blue brand is going back to the future next week with a special retro edition of Friday Night SmackDown on Fox.
The ‘Go Back’ edition of SmackDown was announced during this week’s edition of the show that saw Daniel Bryan banished from the brand. Bryan was unable to defeat WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns and per the match stipulation, he must now leave SmackDown.
The only thing confirmed so far for the ‘Go Back’ show is a WrestleMania rematch between Cesaro and Seth Rollins. Rollins challenged the Swiss Cyborg to another contest after Cesaro was able to defeat him at ‘The Show of Shows.’
Will The Fist Return?
WWE announced the special episode of SmackDown with a retro video package that showed the original SmackDown logo at the end.
Fans are already clamouring for the return of the famous SmackDown set that featured an ‘Ovaltron’ as well as the iconic giant fist. One superstar has already confirmed that if given the opportunity he would happily be taking a dive off the said fist.
Kevin Owens answered a fan on social media who asked if he would be willing to jump from the fist. Owens gave a one-word answer – yes. Owens had previously stated on social media that he wanted to dive off the pirate ship that was at WrestleMania. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately for Owens, that never came to pass.
— Kevin (@FightOwensFight) May 1, 2021
SmackDown began as a series on August 29th, 1999 on UPN. It was originally created as a rival to WCW’s Thursday night show, Thunder. Named after one of The Rock’s catchphrases, the People’s Champion was a cornerstone of the early days of the show.
Among the most famous moments in the history of SmackDown are Vince McMahon defeating Triple H to become WWE Champion. That was the first of only four times in almost 22 years that the WWE Title changed hands on SmackDown. The most recent WWE Championship switch on the show came when Daniel Bryan defeated AJ Styles in November 2018.