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WWE 'Smackdown' Up for Grabs as NBCUniversal Moves to Pin Down 'Raw'

17 May 2018

In addition to Raw and Smackdown, WWE produces Main Event and Superstars for their streaming Network service.

NBCUniversal is willing to lose the television rights to SmackDown Live while maintaining its relationship with WWE to air Raw on USA Network, The Hollywood Reporter's Matthew Belloni reported Wednesday.

With the current television deal with NBC Universal ending at the end of September 2019, we may be close to an official announcement of any changes that may occur with where you are able to watch WWE programming starting next fall.

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WWE's deal with USA / NBC expires on September 30, 2019, and they are now in an exclusive negotiating period with each other until the end of this spring. Sources say that FOX is being speculated as the next home for Smackdown, which has been on NBCU networks since 2010.

Smackdown Live moved to the USA Network July of 2016, after 17 years of appearing on SyFy, MyNetworkTV, UPN and others. It marked the first time that the top three shows were broadcast on the same network.

Smackdown, which still boasts the sixth biggest audience among cable originals (including news programming), enters the open market as sports and sports entertainment (WWE wrestling is staged) programming has been fetching a premium given the live tune-in that comes with it. Prior reports had FOX interested in airing both programs with a plan to put Raw on its broadcast network on Monday nights while adding SmackDown to Fox Sports 1 on Tuesdays.

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And if it is Raw on United States of America and SmackDown on Fox broadcast television, the question then might become whether WWE decides to elevate SmackDown to being the unofficial "A" show.

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WWE 'Smackdown' Up for Grabs as NBCUniversal Moves to Pin Down 'Raw'