McMahon Hopes Raw Remains On USA, Smackdown Going Live?, JR Update, Heyman DVD Preview

- Vince McMahon noted in Tuesday’s conference call that WWE is in the negotiating window for their new domestic TV deal. He hopes to re-sign with NBC Universal, their current domestic television partner, to keep Monday Night Raw on the USA Network. NBC Universal has to accept or reject WWE’s final offer by February 15, 2014. If they reject it, other entities will have until February 28, 2014 to submit bids. WWE is hoping to announce their new deal in April or May and it won’t take effect until October.

- One of biggest possible changes in regards to WWE’s “core programming” of Raw and Smackdown is there’s a chance Smackdown could become a live two-hour show. A move from tape would likely mean a new night and WWE asking for more compensation to offset the increased production cost.

- Jim Ross checked in with a new blog on his official website where he gave his thoughts on this week’s Monday Night Raw and details on his upcoming Wrestlemania XXX weekend shows. Click here to read his latest.

- We noted earlier that WWE plans to release “The Paul Heyman Story” on DVD and Blu-Ray in August. Heyman posted an anti-climatic teaser for the piece at this link.

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  • Victor Miranda

    Why a new night for Smackdown? Why not do Smackdown live on Friday, do house shows on Saturday and Sunday and then Raw live on Monday. Wrestlers would then get Tues, Wed, Thurs off. Any other night doesn’t make much sense. Doubt many want to sit through 3 hours of Raw on Monday then watch 2 more on Tuesday!

    • BlazeKing

      Smackdown itself wouldn’t be on a “new” night per se since it’s taped on Tuesdays; the same day they want Smackdown to be live. They have also aired Smackdown live on Tuesdays before when it couldn’t be shown on SyFy at it’s usual time.

      On the scale they work, they do television shows in 2 consecutive days in the beginning of the week because it’s cost effective. It would cost a lot more to jitter the schedule around like you want it.

    • WrestlingFan4Life

      Don’t bother giving your opinion on here, brother! There are too many others ready to knock you down no matter what your opinion. I tried, and all I got was a bunch of grief from a bunch of nobodies.

  • Mitchell

    I think the reason they want to move smackdown off of Friday’s is it might be harder to find arenas not already booked on Friday night if they do it they move it back to Thursday’s