The “Season Premiere” of WWE Friday Night SmackDown was a noteworthy event this week.
During the two-hour WWE on FOX show at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Paul “Triple H” Levesque made his anticipated appearance. “The Game” took the stage to make two major announcements. First, he revealed that Adam Pearce would be stepping up as the General Manager of Monday Night Raw. In a surprising twist, Nick Aldis was named the General Manager for Friday Night SmackDown.
Following this announcement, Aldis wasted no time in making his mark. On the October 13th episode of SmackDown, he disclosed that Kevin Owens would be the Superstar making the move from Raw to SmackDown, effectively concluding the exchange that sent “Main Event” Jey Uso from SmackDown to Raw a couple of months prior.
According to reports from RingSideNews.com, WWE had made the decision to trade “The Prize Fighter” Kevin Owens to SmackDown as part of the deal when Jey Uso was initially moved from SmackDown to Raw. The decision was reportedly made shortly after the Uso trade was announced on television.
Furthermore, another report from RingSide News indicates that Nick Aldis initially joining WWE in an on-screen authority figure role wasn’t part of the original plan. However, when discussions emerged about having distinct on-air authority figures for each brand and the trade of Uso and Owens, the idea of Aldis as SmackDown’s General Manager was pitched to Paul “Triple H” Levesque, who approved the concept.