Smackdown Reportedly Being Shopped as NBCUniversal Focuses On Keeping Raw

WWE Could Be In A Bidding War For 'Smackdown Live' While 'Raw' Gets Big Renewal

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

Michael McCarthy of Sporting News had previously reported that if the deal went through, RAW would be featured on FOX, while Smackdown would be aired on FOX Sports (FS1).

However, NBCU is reportedly focused on keeping Raw, and WWE is expected to receive three times its current value for the show. As such, WWE would potentially want to tailor SmackDown Live for a new demographic, which in turn could mean Raw and SmackDown Live adopting identities specific to their respective networks. It was a match made in heaven with both shows airing every Monday and Tuesday night on the network's USA TV channel.

Especially after the brand extension in 2016, it wouldn't hurt to create more separation between WWE's two biggest weekly programs.

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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. It also airs NFL, MLB, soccer, U.S. Open golf, NASCAR and other sports.

WWE's current deal with NBCU expires on September 30, 2019.

Raw debuted on USA Network on January 11, 1993, and ran weekly until leaving in September 2000 for TNN, which later became Spike TV. Fox has been speculated as a home for SmackDown, sources say. At the time, US aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA. It debuted on UPN on April 29, 1999, and remained there until it moved to The CW in September 2006.

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