According to an article by Ringside News, the USA Network may not want to continue working with WWE in any capacity moving forward.

As we’ve heard, SmackDown Live is expected to move to another Network or social media site moving forward. USA Network does not want to continue paying for both Raw and SmackDown Live.

To add to this speculation, Raw has not signed on for a new deal yet with the USA Network. It appears that the Network could be in search of a new professional wrestling property to air.

This appears to be due to the cost of having WWE programming on their Network. From what we hear, the new deal would be worth a lot more than the current one they have.

Dave Meltzer commented on this matter on the Wrestling Observer Radio. He believes that the USA Network has no real big shows to draw ratings besides WWE programming.

If WWE were to leave their Network, they would lose a lot. They could have the mindset of taking a chance with a smaller wrestling company, paying them less than WWE.

A company like MLW or Impact Wrestling could find themselves on the USA Network for an insanely small amount of money in comparison to WWE. Yet they would likely still be making more than what their current deals offer, even at a million dollars.

Meltzer still believes FOX would like to get their hands on Raw and subsequently SmackDown Live too. Whether they’d be willing to pay WWE significantly more remains to be seen, but it is expected that they could.

Check out the SmackDown to USA commercial from a few years back:

WWE SmackDown moves to USA Network — Tonight!

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