That’s a bad way to start a relationship. We’re about six weeks away from SmackDown Live’s debut on FOX, which will mark a new era in WWE. The deal is worth over a billion dollars to WWE and that means they are going to want to keep their new bankers happy. However, one of the biggest stories of the year might not be doing that as FOX likely isn’t pleased with a WWE development.
According to Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio, FOX is likely not happy with WWE for putting NXT on USA instead of Fox Sports 1. Fox Sports 1 had been rumored as the show’s new home but USA seems all but ready to take the show. This presents a problem for Fox Sports 1 as they were hoping to have WWE fill in a lot of the gaps left open by the departure of UFC. There is no word on what this could mean for the relationship between the two companies.
This is what they’re missing out on. Check out a fun tag match from this week’s NXT:
Opinion: This is one of those things that might not look good for FOX but it makes sense for WWE. They’re trying to fight off AEW and it makes a lot more sense to go with a bigger network like USA than Fox Sports 1. As long as WWE does well on FOX, I’m sure the relationship will be just fine. Other than that though, it might be bad mark on their relationship, which is still pretty new.
Do you like the idea of NXT on USA? Where should it have gone? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the History Of In Your House.
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