As the World Wrestling Federation’s leglock on the Thursday night grappling wars gets stronger with this season’s rookie hit “Smackdown,” TBS will shift its own Thursday night wrestling program “WCW Thunder” to Wednesdays, as part of a new primetime strategy.
Beginning Jan. 12, TBS will air the World Championship Wrestling program a day earlier to team up with the superstation’s new reality series “Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” which will air at 8 p.m..
The two-hour “Thunder” will also get pushed back an hour to 9 p.m. which will help accommodate the federation’s recent shift to a TV-13 rating under new head writer Vince Russo. “Ripley’s” will then have a second run after “Thunder” goes off the air.
The channel’s Thursday programming lineup will then headline Atlanta Braves games and movies in the old “Thunder” slot. Meanwhile, Wednesday night NBA programming will now move back to Monday nights.