In the coming years WWE may move their programming from the USA Network to FOX, and that would mean Raw losing its third hour.
In a little over a week’s time Raw will celebrate its 25th anniversary. As higher ups at WWE never tire of telling us, it is the longest running episodic show in television history. It is certainly a very impressive accomplishment and it looks as if WWE will be putting on a pretty epic episode to celebrate their flagship show’s 25th birthday.
While Raw currently airs on the USA Network, as does SmackDown Live, that is not always where the show has called home. For the first seven years Raw aired on USA, then for five years it moved to Spike/TNN, then WWE renewed pleasantries with Raw’s original home and that is where they have remained ever since. Now though it seems that a new home for WWE’s programming may be on the horizon.
According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer WWE may move Raw and SmackDown Live over to FOX once their current contract with USA comes to an end. Apparently UFC may be looking to move away from FOX some time in the not so distant future which would mean the network would be on the look out for another combat sport to fill the slot. WWE’s current deal with USA comes to around $180 million whereas the resultant bidding war that may occur could mean a new contract could cost the winning network as much as $400 million.
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While a move to FOX for Raw and SmackDown Live would be an extremely big deal for WWE, it would likely mean the former having to lose its third and final hour. Most of FOX’s channels air news programs at 10pm which would mean if they do show Raw on Monday nights, it would have to be finished before then. As if you didn’t need another reason for Raw moving to FOX sounding like a good idea, there’s one right there.
What should be noted is that any potential move from USA to FOX won’t be happening for a while yet. WWE’s current deal with NBC Universal does not expire until September 30th 2019, but talks with FOX could start as soon as this summer. At this point in time though it certainly seems like Raw and SmackDown Live will have a new home come the end of their current contract, whether that be on FOX or even WWE’s very own network.
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