This week marks the 15-year anniversary WWE's debut episode of SmackDown on April 29, 1999. Since then, SmackDown has gone on to become one of the longest-running weekly episodic shows in American television history.
SmackDown further developed its own identity once the "Brand Extension" was born in 2002. This separated the WWE roster into two brands: Raw and SmackDown.
For several years, SmackDown was seen as the "wrestling" show, with Raw filled with promos and storylines. It still might have been seen as the B-show of the WWE, but at times it provided far more entertaining content for fans who weren’t interested in the angles but solely in the in-ring action.
The brand split effectively came to an end in August 2011, but in those 10 years, there were several Superstars who helped build the foundation of the blue brand and make it what it is today.