WWE Smackdown will move from SyFy to the USA Network on Thursday, January 7, 2016, making USA the exclusive cable home of WWE’s “marquee properties.” Dot com published a new article about the move with this from Vince McMahon:
“WWE is proud to have SmackDown join Raw as part of our expanded partnership with USA Network,” said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. “The combination of the No. 1 cable network and two ratings juggernauts provides a destination for our viewers and an extraordinary platform for our partners.”
The big question everyone is asking is if Smackdown will go from tape to live in the United States. The current answer is no. As we reported here on Wrestling News World Premium, if WWE decides to move the show live from tape, it will also likely move to Tuesday nights. This way, WWE would be able to run TVs consecutively, as is the current set up. The company will be monitoring to see how TNA’s “Impact Wrestling” does on Tuesday nights to gauge what the audience is like that night of the league. They would then have to convince the USA Network to alter their schedule.
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