When WWE made the decision to run a live Smackdown show on Tuesday, Aug. 30, it was widely reported that executives wanted to test the ratings waters to see if a future full time move would be a possibility. The biggest hurdle, of course, is SyFy, who has to agree to dump a ratings winner on its Friday night line-up.
In a recent interview with The Miami Herald, Triple H says it's possible we'll see more of the same down the road ... and SyFy is on board.
"I'm sure if you ask Syfy, they would say, ‘Yes.' I think that's certainly on the board. The beautiful thing about WWE is we truly are a fluid product, because we're live, and we can do it from just about anywhere. We can moves things around and switch things around, and it's what makes us such a valuable partner to people and networks like USA and Syfy. If USA or somebody needs a number to help them get over the hump in the ratings war, we can do a special and put them over the top. We can do a Tuesday live show and give somebody a kick. We can do all these different things, and that's a very valuable commodity. I'm sure they're looking, as well as everybody else is looking, to use that commodity in the best possible way they can."
The original "Supershow" run on Aug. 30 was precipitated by the UFC announcing its upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter would air live fights on Friday night on FX early next year. WWE would like to do whatever it can to avoid competing with UFC, despite the fact that pro wrestling continually gets better cable television ratings than anything MMA. In fact, UFC "Prelims" specials on Spike typically do ratings around 1.0 to 1.4, which is right around what TNA does on Thursday nights.
A permanent move to Tuesday nights would be desirable simply for the early week block they could own with its programming. Sunday pay-per-views, Monday Night Raw and Smackdown on Tuesday, all live.
Fresh and clean.