Sooner than expected. There have been a lot of changes taking place in WWE in recent months and it can be a big deal when another of those changes goes down. Earlier this week, we found out that one of the changes will be taking place a bit earlier than expected as SmackDown will be changing networks this fall. Now we know a bit more about why that is taking place.

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Earlier this week, it was announced that SmackDown will be returning to the USA Network on Friday September 13. The original press release said that the show would move over in October but the schedule has been moved up. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the change was made due to FOX planning to move some of the final SmackDown’s to Fox Sports 1 due to college football coverage. The USA Network is more readily available than Fox Sports 1, meaning SmackDown will be able to reach a bigger audience.

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Opinion: This makes sense and it is a good thing for WWE. It shouldn’t be a surprise that FOX is not overly interested in protecting SmackDown when it is leaving the network later this year. Instead, putting it on USA early is good for USA, as well as getting things to the new norm sooner rather than later. The show could be rather stacked and that should open up a few interesting doors.

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