SmackDown Live Possibly Leaving The USA Network Soon

SmackDown Live Possibly Leaving The USA Network Soon

WWE has previously stated that their new television deal will be announced sometime between now and September.

As for Smackdown, WWE is shopping it around to other networks after NBCU declined to renew the deal for the show.

WWE RAW will most likely be staying on the USA Network, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

PWInsider contacted WWE regarding the report and responded by saying "No comment".

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No word yet on where SmackDown will end up but Fox has been speculated.

The company's current contract with NBC Universal will come to an end in 2019 and the WWE is now in a negotiation period to determine where their programming ends up.

Belloni also reported that the entertainment industry giants are working on a TV rights deal for Raw that would triple the value of their current contract, which is why NBCU would allow SmackDown Live to go to the highest bidder. It marked the first time that the top three shows were broadcast on the same network. 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. The show now garners the sixth-biggest audience among cable originals. WWE programming is an obvious fit for the "new Fox" focused on sports and live events and SmackDown could anchor Fox programming on Tuesday nights.

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