WWE Still Planning on Tiered Network; WWE Planning Major Smackdown Show Next Year

-- According to Mike Johnson of PW Insider, WWE is still planning on launching a "tier system" for the WWE Network. It is an idea that they have long considered and have conducted market research but the company is apparently just waiting for the right time to roll it out. -- Johnson also confirmed a rumor that we reported on exclusively last month about Smackdown's 20th anniversary next fall. According to Johnson, WWE is going to do a major celebration, much like they did for the Raw 25 show this past January. As we noted in our original report, there is actually a good chance that WWE will incorporate the 20 year anniversary with Smackdown's debut on Fox, which would almost guarantee a gigantic viewership number to impress Fox execs.