The following press release was issued by Fox Sports today.
FOX SPORTS ANNOUNCES WWE BACKSTAGE ON FS1
Airs Tuesdays at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT, Beginning Nov. 5
Hosted by Renee Young and Studio Analyst Booker T
Special Preview Airs Tuesday, Oct. 15, Following ALCS Game 3 on FS1
Los Angeles – SmackDown moves from Tuesdays to Fridays beginning Friday, Oct. 4 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on FOX, but WWE fans can still get their Tuesday night fix with FS1’s WWE BACKSTAGE, television’s only studio show devoted to all things WWE.
The hour-long weekly show offers viewers the latest WWE news every Tuesday at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 5 on FS1.
Longtime WWE broadcaster Renee Young and WWE Hall of Famer Booker T weigh in on the biggest stories in WWE, and are joined by a rotating cast of guests and personalities, including current and former WWE Superstars.
Ahead of WWE BACKSTAGE’s Nov. 5 debut, FOX Sports offers a special preview of the show on Tuesday, Oct. 15, following the conclusion of the ALCS Game 3 on FS1. Young and Booker T are joined by special guests to reveal the WWE BACKSTAGE set at the FOX Studios Lot in Los Angeles, and to break in their brand-new ring.
A Toronto native, Young began her broadcast career with The Score in 2009, before making her WWE television debut in 2012. Since then, she rose quickly through the ranks, interviewing all the top stars in the WWE and co-hosting the post-SmackDown show “Talking Smack” on WWE Network. In 2018, she earned a full-time spot on the Monday Night Raw broadcast team, the first woman to ever achieve the honor. Young’s on-air roles continue to expand as one of WWE’s most prominent personalities.
“WWE BACKSTAGE is a wrestling show for wrestling fans. From hardcore fans to people new to wrestling, we’ll give them a little bit of everything,” said Young. “It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be loud, we’re going to give them a ton of opinions and I can’t wait to help spread the word about SmackDown coming to FOX.”
A two-time WWE Hall of Famer, Booker T is one of the most-decorated Superstars in history with 11 WCW Tag Team Championships, six World Championships and a victory in the 2006 King of the Ring Tournament. He made the transition from the broadcast booth in 2011, and has become a staple of WWE telecasts ever since.
“It’s awesome being part of the FOX family and part of this movement of FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN to FOX,” said Booker T. “FOX Sports has always been the one-stop shop for sports and now it’s going to be the one-stop shop for sports and entertainment. I think this is going to be a tag team that’s going to last for a long time, and one that cannot lose. As I always say, now can you dig it, sucka?”
More information on WWE BACKSTAGE, including additional on-air personalities and special guests, will be announced at a later date.
Ahhhakskxnsjs this is the most exciting thing ever. Can’t wait for you guys to see our new show. Time to talk ‘rasslin with my dude @BookerT5x ! @WWEonFOX over here making my damn dreams come true! ❤️❤️❤️🤼♀️ https://t.co/Y0cbkVTaHF
— Renee Paquette (@ReneePaquette) September 26, 2019
— FOX Sports PR (@FOXSportsPR) September 26, 2019
— Booker T. Huffman (@BookerT5x) September 26, 2019
TJR Thoughts: This was expected since earlier this year when Triple H confirmed the show during an appearance he made on Fox Sports around WrestleMania time. Renee was always rumored as the host and now it’s official with Booker T joining her.
It is being reported by PWInsider that Renee Young won’t be a commentator on Raw or Smackdown. She will be mainly on WWE Backstage. PWInsider also reports that the set of the show will look like it is inside a wrestling ring with yellow ropes.
The main reason for the November start is because Fox and Fox Sports 1 shows Major League Baseball playoffs in October.
Congrats to Renee and Booker on their new roles.