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WWE raises the stakes against AEW Rampage, final 30 minutes of SmackDown will be commercial free

According to fans who watched the PSU/Iowa game on FOX, an ad aired to promote this Friday’s SmackDown on FS1 and it was said that the last 30 minutes of the show will be commercial free.

As noted last night, cable guides are listing SmackDown running 2 and a half hours so the final 30 minutes will go head to head with AEW Rampage. There will be a replay of the show airing immediately after the live SmackDown broadcast.

Last night after word got out that part of SmackDown would be going head-to-head with Rampage, Tony Khan tweeted the following, “I saw you’re doing a half hour head-to-head with us. I can’t wait to finally beat your main show head-to-head. It’s been a long time coming. See you next Friday for #AEWRampage on @AEWonTNT!”

Next Friday’s SmackDown on FS1 is stacked with the following matches:

Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks in a non-title match
– King Of The Ring semifinal: Finn Balor vs. Sami Zayn
– Queens Crown tournament semifinal: Carmella vs. Zelina Vega
– Sonya Deville says she will return to the ring against Naomi
– Brock Lesnar will appear

Next week’s AEW Rampage is also stacked and will air live from Miami, Florida with the following matches announced:

– CM Punk vs. Matt Sydal
– Ruby Soho vs. The Bunny
– Inner Circle vs. Men Of The Year and Junior Dos Santos

Unless AEW moves to an earlier timeslot, this could be the last time in a long time that Rampage and SmackDown go head to head because there is no leeway for SmackDown to go over 2 hours on FOX because local affiliates have the local news scheduled at 10 pm eastern. There is more flexibility for extra time on FS1. SmackDown will also air on FS1 on October 29th while FOX covers the World Series.

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