WWE Raw Likely To Stay On USA Network

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

Neither NBCU nor WWE have commented on the matter.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, USA Network is planning to keep Monday Night Raw, paying as much as three times its current value.

No word yet on where SmackDown will end up but Fox has been speculated.

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WWE Raw looks set to remain on the USA Network after the company's current set of TV rights expire in September 2019, but the same can't be said for SmackDown.

TV rights is a huge revenue earner for the WWE, so it's unlikely WWE just wants to put Smackdown on its own WWE Network.

Where does this leave WWE Smackdown Live? Initially airing on SyFy, they moved SD to US full time in January 2016, but while it now boasts the sixth biggest audience among original cable shows, the blue brand will likely be ditched in favour of keeping Raw. At the time, United States of America aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA. Disney and ESPN earlier this month inked their first-ever multiyear deal for digital rights to live UFC Fight Night events in a pact worth $750 million ($150 million annually) starting in January.

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