WWE Raw reportedly staying with NBCU, Smackdown's future undecided

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WWE have stated they would announce their new TV deal between May and September 2018, so there's no telling when official confirmation will be made by the company.

While splitting up Raw and SmackDown Live would disrupt the continuity WWE has enjoyed with having both on USA Network, a move could be beneficial.

Belloni reported NBCUniversal is allowing WWE Smackdown Live to go to open bidding, but RAW would remain with the network.

PWInsider contacted WWE regarding the report and responded by saying "No comment". Fox has been speculated as a new home for SmackDown, though this should be taken with a hint of cynicism.

This is mainly because NBCUniversal wants to only keep Raw which will be three times more expensive than the current deal. At the time, U.S. aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA. SmackDown started airing live in May 2016, increasing the value for advertising during the wrestling show.


If WWE increases their revenue for Raw and manages to land a good contract for SmackDown Live, then that will be a major financial boost for the company - not that they need it.

The Fox connection has been in the conversation for months now with there even being rumor and innuendo that Fox could try to buy WWE outright.

Fox this year inked a massive five-year, $550 million annual deal for rights to the NFL's Thursday Night Football as the broadcast network begins to focus on sports and news.

If it does play out this way, it's a dream scenario for WWE.

WWE chief financial officer George Barrios earlier this week when asked about Raw and Smackdown airing on differrent networks.

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