WWE's CFO discusses Raw and SmackDown airing on different company's networks

WWE's CFO discusses Raw and SmackDown airing on different company's networks

WWE's CFO discusses Raw and SmackDown airing on different company's networks

- WWE could be seeing its shows split between networks as it works to negotiate new television deals, according to a new report. The sports entertainment company held numerous same meetings before their last TV negotiations a few years ago.

It's been speculated that the show could end up on FOX.

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Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that NBCUniversal declined to re-sign Smackdown Live meaning the show is being shopped around to various other TV network stations. WWE will seek a new home for Smackdown on the open market, effectively splitting their programming.

If it makes sense from an economical standpoint, and there is interest among different companies, then it is something that the WWE will consider.

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Raw debuted on USA Network on January 11, 1993, and ran weekly until leaving in September 2000 for TNN, which later became Spike TV.

Especially after the brand extension in 2016, it wouldn't hurt to create more separation between WWE's two biggest weekly programs. SmackDown started airing live in May 2016, increasing the value for advertising during the wrestling show.

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SmackDown has never had a permanent TV home nor a permanent airing date, though it has always been a two-hour show. At the time, U.S. aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA. It debuted on the broadcast television network UPN in 1999, before moving to the CW Network in 2006. SmackDown has only aired on US for about two years, moving over on January 7, 2016.

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