As previously reported, AEW President Tony Khan recently fired some shots in response to the news that part of next week's WWE SmackDown on FS1 will be going head-to-head with AEW Rampage on TNT, he tweeted, "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!"
Fans have been wondering if WWE would respond to the shot, and they seemingly have with viewers of the PSU/Iowa game on FOX reporting that a commercial aired during the game revealing that the final 30 minutes of this Friday’s two and a half hour SmackDown will air commercial free, the final 30 minutes of the show will be head-to-head with Rampage.
WWE has already announced the majority of the card for next week's episode which is being hyped as a "Supersized" edition of SmackDown. Below are the matches that are set to air.
- Brock Lesnar will appear to address Roman Reigns
- Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks (non-title)
- King Of The Ring semifinal: Finn Balor vs. Sami Zayn
- Queens Crown tournament semifinal: Carmella vs. Zelina Vega
- Sonya Deville vs. Naomi
AEW Rampage will air live from Miami, Florida with the following matches already announced:
- CM Punk vs. Matt Sydal
- Ruby Soho vs. The Bunny
- Inner Circle vs. Men Of The Year and Junior Dos Santos