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TV5 To Broadcast SmackDown Live Starting April 30


TV5 is the new home of the Land of Opportunity.

At a press conference held at Shangri-La at the Fort this afternoon, WWE General Manager for Asia Pacific Chris Marsh joined TV5 President and CEO Vincent "Chot" Reyes and Head of Sports Patricia Hizon to announce that TV5 will be broadcasting SmackDown Live every Sunday at 3 PM, starting April 30.

"In the industry of sports entertainment, WWE is second to none," Reyes told the assembled media. "It’s a proven, successful, model organization and an esteemed, iconic brand. We at TV5 are honored and excited to be the platform that delivers WWE to the free TV audience."

SmackDown Live will be broadcast as a two-hour show this Sunday for the initial broadcast, but the succeeding episodes will be shown in a condensed, one-hour form.


It isn't surprising that TV5 is only able to broadcast one of the many WWE properties, given the realities of how difficult it is to put advertising into wrestling programs in the Philippines. Since wrestling is viewed by advertisers as a niche interest, it was already challenging as it is to justify a two-hour program like SmackDown Live on television, let alone seven hours of WWE TV a week if you include RAW, NXT, and 205 Live.

Both Marsh and Reyes also clarified at the press conference that the broadcasts will be in the original English language, and not dubbed in Tagalog, as TV5 is wont to do with other syndicated programming.

These should put all the questions about the fate of WWE programming in the Philippines for the time being, now that the Blue Brand has found a home on local TV.

On one hand, TV5 made the right pick in going for SmackDown Live as the show to broadcast locally since it's been able to put out good programs consistently since last year's brand split. On the other, it's pretty ironic that the press conference involved a lot of questions about Filipino wrestlers, particularly TJ Perkins, who competes on RAW and 205 Live, two brands that won't be shown on local TV for the time being.

One thing is for sure: whether it's the complete two-hour program or the condensed one-hour show, Filipino audiences are still lucky that TV5 went out and picked SmackDown Live over RAW. With names like AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, Baron Corbin, and Jinder Mahal getting exposure like that locally, Pinoy audiences will at least be in for some solid wrestling every Sunday afternoon.

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Stan Sy (@_StanSyis the Editor at Large of Smark Henry, and is also an events host, a freelance writer, and one of the hosts of the Smark Gilas-Pilipinas Podcast and The Wrestling Gods on FOX. He enjoys watching WWE, NXT, Lucha Underground, and the occasional New Japan match. He dresses up in fancy suits from time to time to book matches as PWR's General Manager.

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