WWE Smackdown to move to SyFy, so it’ll still be on TV, so stop whining

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Calm down, bucky, Smackdown will still be on the air.

According to the LATimesBlogs.com site (by way of Prowrestling.net), SyFy has bought the rights to air WWE Smackdown and will begin airing the program in October. SyFy (which is owned by NBC Universal, parent company of USA, which airs Monday Night Raw, and NBC, which occasionally airs WWE specials like the Tribute to the Troops and Saturday Night’s Main Event) is reportedly coughing up $30 million for the rights to Smackdown (which will remain on Friday nights). So for those of you armchair watchdogs who fear for WWE when they don’t have a network television presence, stop it, because a) WWE is a business and it just sealed a $30 million deal, and b) its network options were limited and they landed on a cable network that has about as much penetration as MyNetworkTV (yuck). And anyway, c) cable television is way better than network television. Smackdown could have gotten the Jay-Leno-death-knell 10 p.m. ET timeslot, been a terrible lead-in for the 11 o’clock news and then been canceled altogether. Instead, it’s on the same network as “Battlestar Galactica,” one of this past decade’s most revered and touted cable shows (and “Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus, the greatest megalodon flick since Godzilla vs. Mothra”). So consider us lucky.

(And according to this Dot Net link, the move spells the end for WWE NXT come the new fall season, which is too bad, since NXT was the most interesting program WWE had created in a while. But it at least forces WWE’s hand and gives them a deadline to figure out how to finish the NXT season. Shit, I’m still wondering who raised the briefcase on Steve Austin at King of the Ring 1999, so some finality here would be nice!) -Eric

Injury reports: Jackson out 3-6 months, Hardy tears waistband

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Matt Hardy's favorite post-workout snack, and Zeke's new lifting routine.

WWE recently was stricken with one injury and blessed with another. According to various reports posted at Prowrestling.net, Ezekiel Jackson fell victim to some sort of leg injury (Jim Ross blogged that he heard it was a quadriceps tear… yowza!) while wrestling Kane at a house show in Glasgow, Scotland. Jackson recently tweeted that he’d be out three to six months, which got me thinking, no one who looks like he could rip a Buick in half should ever be doing anything we simpletons call “tweeting.” That would be like if Zeke just squatted 600 pounds and we said he was “fiddledy doodling.” He would fucking kill us. I still say Zeke could be a WWE main-eventer based on looks alone (how bad-ass would it be to have Zeke, Shad and Hernandez stalking around WWE as a triumverate of monsters once Kane, Mark Henry and Khali are gone?), and because of that, I sincerely hope he takes the next few months to study the game and come back ready to kick ass.

In other news, Fatt Hardy is a big piece of shit and thinks he tore a bicep. What, are those Twinkies getting too heavy for you, fatso? -Eric

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