Paul Heyman was fired as head writer in 2004. According to Heyman, he was caught listening in to a conference call discussing WWE Raw (1993). He made matters worse by admitting to Vince McMahon and Stephanie McMahon that he had fallen asleep during the call.
On September 18th, 2003, Brock Lesnar faced Kurt Angle for the WWE Championship in a 60 minute Iron Man Match. That match was voted "Match of the Year" by Pro-Wrestling Illustrated, the only match in Smackdown history to be awarded that honor.
The show is taped Tuesday nights and broadcast Friday nights. Their 11 September 2001 event was canceled due to the terrorist attacks. On 13 September 2001, Smackdown was broadcast live as the first major and televised event since the attacks as thousands were in attendance. The ring ropes are usually blue for the Smackdown shows but were red, white and blue for this night; these colors were commonly used during the 1980s.