WWE Raw Likely To Stay On USA Network

Posted May 17, 2018

WWE Monday Night Raw will remain under the NBCUniversal umbrella, according to Mattew Belloni from The Hollywood Reporter.

PWInsider contacted WWE regarding the report and responded by saying "No comment".

It's not clear yet when WWE expects to strike a deal for Smackdown Live and it's not clear if this new deal with NBCUniversal would keep Raw at 3 hours or back to 2 hours.

Interesting tidbit among all the TV news today: NBCU is letting WWE SMACKDOWN go to open bidding.

It sounds like NBCUniversal is able to afford airing Raw only so Smackdown Live may have to find a new network to call home.

The company's current contract with NBC Universal will come to an end in 2019 and the WWE is now in a negotiation period to determine where their programming ends up. NBCU had paid $30 million for the SmackDown franchise in 2010. It first aired on SyFy before moving to United States of America in 2016. It marked the first time that the top three shows were broadcast on the same network. At the time, US aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA.

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.

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

WWE's TV contract situation just got more interestingWhat's the story? By airing on broadcast television every week, WWE could be motivated to stack SmackDown as much as possible.