Big Update On The WWE RAW & SmackDown TV Deals

WWE Smack Down Live General Manager Paige

The show began airing that year on Syfy, with corporate sibling U.S. heavily promoting it. Smackdown moved full time to United States of America in January 2016, as the cable network home to Mr. Robot and The Sinner aired all three WWE shows: Smackdown, Raw and Tough Enough.

For this latest cycle, early reports indicate that WWE's outlook could be very, very different.

NBCU is said to be focusing on renewing the deal for RAW.

It's not clear yet when WWE expects to strike a deal for Smackdown Live and it's not clear if this new deal with NBCUniversal would keep Raw at 3 hours or back to 2 hours.

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

Interesting tidbit among all the TV news today: NBCU is letting WWE SMACKDOWN go to open bidding.

Sporting News' Michael McCarthy reported in March that Fox was looking to acquire the rights for Raw and SmackDown Live, with Raw potentially airing on network television and SmackDown Live going to FS1. NBCU had paid $30 million for the SmackDown franchise in 2010. Presumably, that would mean that Raw would stay on the USA Network but it's possible that they could move to one of their other networks. 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. It was a match made in heaven with both shows airing every Monday and Tuesday night on the network's USA TV channel.

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