NBCUniversal May Drop WWE Smackdown Live From Its TV Schedule

WWE 'Smackdown' Up for Grabs as NBCUniversal Moves to Pin Down 'Raw'

NBCUniversal May Drop WWE Smackdown Live From Its TV Schedule

Hollywood Reporter Editorial Director Matthew Belloni posted information Wednesday indicating that Smackdown Live could be done on the USA Network, while Raw is sticking around at triple the price they're now making.

The belief was that WWE could end up on FOX and if that did happen then Monday Night Raw would go to FOX while SmackDown Live would go to FOX Sports 1.

WWE's current deal with NBCUniversal expires on September 30th, 2019.

HollywoodReporter.com reports that NBCU is paying almost three times the current rate for Raw, but it will allow Smackdown to enter opening bidding. The original story from The Hollywood Reporter stated that the new deal would only be for RAW at three times its current value. Variety reports that in addition to FOX, Facebook and Amazon are top contenders for the rights to Smackdown.

SmackDown Live has been airing on USA Network since July 2016, but it has been under the NBCU umbrella dating back to its Syfy days in 2010.

This won't be the first time both Raw and Smackdown will be on different TV channels as the shows were separated in the early '00s. WWE will seek a new home for Smackdown on the open market, effectively splitting their programming.

For now, it looks like a bidding war is happening for Smackdown Live and the highest bid will finally get the show from next year onward.

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