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

Postado Mai 17, 2018

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

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 Belloni, WWE and NBCUniversal are working on a TV rights deal for Raw that would triple the value of their current contract, so NBCUniversal would then allow SmackDown Live to go to the highest bidder. Sources say that FOX is being speculated as the next home for Smackdown, which has been on NBCU networks since 2010.

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

THR reports that NBCUniversal is focusing on renewing Raw and as a result, Smackdown is being shopped to various networks. NBCU and WWE declined to comment on the still-ongoing negotiation. It marked the first time that the top three shows were broadcast on the same network. At the time, US aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA.

The Fox connection has been in the conversation for months now with there even being rumor and innuendo that Fox could try to buy WWE outright. It was a match made in heaven with both shows airing every Monday and Tuesday night on the network's USA TV channel.