WWE SmackDown Set For TV Bidding War?


Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that WWE's Smackdown is being shopped to various networks after NBCUniversal - whose USA Network airs the highly rated pro wrestling matches - declined to re-up its deal.

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

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.

Belloni also reported that the entertainment industry giants are working on a TV rights deal for Raw that would triple the value of their current contract, which is why NBCU would allow SmackDown Live to go to the highest bidder.

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NBCUni snagged the rights to SmackDown back in 2010.

It might not make much sense to keep SmackDown Live going with a unique roster but that all depends on which network they eventually land on.

Rumors surfaced earlier this year that Fox Sports could be a good candidate to broadcast WWE shows in the near future.

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.