WWE held a conference call today to discuss yesterday’s announcement of new, landmark TV deals which will see Monday Night Raw remain on USA Network and Smackdown Live move to FOX Sports in October 2019.
During the conference call, host and WWE Co-President Michelle Wilson revealed WWE expects cross-promotional content, outside of Smackdown, will air on FOX along with the new TV deal, however, additional details were not revealed.
“Those absolutely have been in discussions with Fox,” said Wilson, via Pro Wrestling Sheet. “There have been discussions around additional promotional programming that would highlight other activities in WWE. So those are certainly very positive discussions that are taking place — both on FS1 and Fox Broadcast.”
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WWE Co-President George Barrios, who was also present on the conference call, elaborated on a shift in how WWE’s business model has been perceived throughout the year, adding:
“The success we have had in social, digital and direct-to-consumer re-positions the WWE as a business brand and as a business partner. We went from being viewed as a live-event business to more of a social, digital, direct-to-consumer media business with proven expertise around it.”
The report also notes sources have indicated discussions have taken place between WWE and FOX regarding a potential airing of NXT on Fox Sports 1, but nothing has been confirmed as of this writing.
Pro Wrestling Sheet
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