Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Big Update On The WWE RAW & SmackDown TV Deals

Big Update On The WWE RAW & SmackDown TV Deals

It has always been speculated that FOX is interested in getting into the WWE business, and SmackDown may well find its way to the network.

The show began airing that year on Syfy, with corporate sibling US heavily promoting it. Smackdown moved full time to U.S. in January 2016, as the cable network home to Mr. Robot and The Sinner aired all three WWE shows: Smackdown, Raw and Tough Enough. According to the Hollywood Reporter, NBC Universal is reportedly set to pay a big increase to continue airing Raw. WWE has talked with the USA Network, FOX, Disney, CBS, Amazon, and YouTube.

Considering Vince McMahon is very familiar with professional football and their ties to networks, it wouldn't surprise me that he takes a page from the NFL and spreads the WWE to different companies to generate more revenue. NBCUniversal is expected to pay as much as three times the current deal for Raw, which airs on USA Network.

WWE and NBCU both declined comment on the negotiations, which are still underway.

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SmackDown has never had a permanent TV home nor a permanent airing date, though it has always been a two-hour show.

SmackDown Live has aired on USA Network since July 2016, and it has been under the NBCUniversal umbrella dating back to 2010, when it was on Syfy. It marked the first time that the top three shows were broadcast on the same network. The show now garners the sixth-biggest audience among cable originals.

If it does play out this way, it's a dream scenario for WWE.

Rumors surfaced earlier this year that Fox Sports could be a good candidate to broadcast WWE shows in the near future.

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