New hosts. WWE has been around or a very long time now and one of the few constants over the last few decades has been their television shows. Monday Night Raw and SmackDown have been the company’s main weekly series since the 1990s and they have become juggernauts in the industry. It means a lot for a network to air the shows and now two interesting options have risen for one of them.
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WWE’s current broadcasting contracts for Monday Night Raw and SmackDown both come to an end next year, with the company entering negotiations for the broadcasting rights. According to Wrestling Observer Radio, Monday Night Raw and NXT are expected to remain with NBC/Universal, though, WWE is looking for a large increase in the rights fees. As for SmackDown, both Disney and Amazon are seen as the two leading options for SmackDown. Should Disney obtain the rights, SmackDown would likely air on ABC or FX.
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Opinion: Those are some interesting options for SmackDown and more proof of just how successful the show has been in recent years. The fact that another major network might acquire SmackDown is all the more impressive and it could lead to some tie-ins with ESPN to make things even bigger. WWE has options and they seem to be rather valuable, which says quite a bit where WWE is at the moment.
What do you think of the possibilities? Where will all three shows land? Let us know in the comments below.
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