They’re on the move. WWE has been the dominant force in the wrestling world for decades now. Some of the biggest reasons for this have been their television shows, with Monday Night Raw and SmackDown leading the way for decades. It can make a big difference when a change is made to one of the shows, and now we are seeing some major changes to them and more.
Major changes have been announced for all three of WWE’s major programs. First up, WWE has announced that SmackDown will leave the FOX Network and return to the USA Network in October 2024. In addition, NBC will air four primetime WWE specials throughout the course of the year. There is no word on when those will air. The change ends WWE’s deal with FOX, which began in September 2019. According to the Wall Street Journal, this new deal is for $1.4 billion, a 40% increase on their deal with FOX.
In addition, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Monday Night Raw and NXT will be leaving USA next year when their current deals expire. New homes for the shows have not yet been announced, but Monday Night Raw is said to be “extremely active” as networks, streaming services and “unexpected players” are said to be interested in acquiring the show.
Those are some big shows. Check out what all three have been doing lately:
Opinion: I believe the term “whoa” is appropriate here as those are some major changes to see take place in the course of a single day. All three shows are moving somewhere new and SmackDown has already found a home. The interesting part of that is the amount that WWE will be receiving is going up so much. WWE has clearly done something right with SmackDown and now they are reaping the rewards.
What does this mean for WWE? Where do you think Monday Night Raw and NXT wind up? Let us know in the comments below.
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