NBCUniversal May Drop WWE Smackdown Live From Its TV Schedule

NBCUniversal May Drop WWE Smackdown Live From Its TV Schedule

Thus, WWE will have to find a new home for SmackDown Live.

PWInsider contacted WWE regarding the report and responded by saying "No comment". They added that Fox is a potential suitor for Smackdown, a network that had been rumored for months for Raw as well.

But the relationship of WWE and NBCU will not be completely severed as Monday Night Raw will continue to air on USA Network.

WWE's Smackdown Live, the House that A.J. Styles (above) Built, may not have a home on USA Network if reports of NBCU's new deal with WWE come to pass. It was noted that a new deal for RAW would be worth three times the current value, which would open up Smackdown moving to a new network.

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Reportedly, NBCUniversal paid $30 million for the rights to Smackdown Live in 2010, but the deal in 2019 would have been way more expensive. It marked the first time that the top three shows were broadcast on the same network.

And if it is Raw on U.S. and SmackDown on Fox broadcast television, the question then might become whether WWE decides to elevate SmackDown to being the unofficial "A" 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. Throughout much of its existence, SmackDown has been seen as secondary to Raw, no matter how much WWE would do to present the two shows as equal.

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