Thursday, 24 May, 2018


NBCUniversal is keeping WWE Raw, Smackdown Live moving to another network

WWE 'Smackdown' Up for Grabs as NBCUniversal Moves to Pin Down 'Raw' NBCUniversal May Drop WWE Smackdown Live From Its TV Schedule
Hannah Rogers | 17 May, 2018, 05:34

WWE has talked with the USA Network, FOX, Disney, CBS, Amazon, and YouTube. It was noted that a new deal for RAW would be worth three times the current value, which would open up Smackdown moving to a new network.

Hollywood Reporter Editorial Director Matthew Belloni posted information Wednesday indicating that Smackdown Live could be done on the USA Network, while Raw is sticking around at triple the price they're now making.

According to Matthew Beloni, Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter, Raw would be remaining on the USA Network and getting as much as three times its current rate from the cable network, but NBC intends to let SmackDown Live go.

While that sounds like a problem for WWE, it's more of an embarassment of riches.

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

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. Not only do they get to keep their long-standing relationship with NBC/USA, but they would also have the energy of another media conglomerate behind them in Fox. FOX is said to be among the networks interested in WWE programming so the show could land there. By airing on broadcast television every week, WWE could be motivated to stack SmackDown as much as possible.

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