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FOX Sports Executives were at Smackdown Live last night

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According to Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch, via Twitter, several FOX executives were sitting front row at Smackdown Live on February 27. Deitsch reported that FOX Sports President Eric Shanks, talent producer Jacob Ullman, and Colin Cowherd were front row in Los Angeles this week.

It’s known, at this point, that FOX is interested in getting involved with the WWE. If a deal could be reached, Monday Night Raw would head to FOX, while Smackdown Live would land on FOX Sports 1. The switch would be made in 2019 after the WWE’s current deal with the USA Network expires.

Whether or not FOX buys into WWE depends on if they can hold on to the UFC or not. Should the two parties work out this new deal, Raw would return to two hours, lasting from 8pm-10pm.

It’s interesting to see Cowherd backstage at Smackdown Live. He’s had quite a few choice words for the sport and fans who enjoy it, calling Daniel Bryan fans “booger eating wrestling nerds” back in 2014. However, it doesn’t mean he has a hate for professional wrestling. He’s had many stars from the wrestling world on The Herd and has even discussed the “Mount Rushmore of Professional Wrestling” with legendary commentator Jim Ross.

With the FOX execs basically scouting Smackdown Live, it seems like there might be a future for the WWE on the network after all.


  • Nicholas Giambattista

    They can put Monday night Raw and Smackdown of FX. I also here if WWE does make a move to Fox that Raw would go back to 2 hours show.

  • Arnold Jackson

    I agree with you about them being a match, might be concerned there would be a drop in ratings as I think FS is in less homes and not always on the basic cable packages in some areas.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Did not know that Stockholders was at a all time high. But I think WWE and Fox sports would be a good match.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Yes but Vince can have the XFL on Fox sports is what I mean.

  • Arnold Jackson

    No reason to think Fox would make them go PG13. PG was a Vince choice to make more money off the merchandise. Stockholders aren’t going to let him lower that revenue just go. Stocks are at an all time high a couple weeks ago, no one is changing a thing.

  • Arnold Jackson

    I can’t see USA/NBC letting go of the WWE product. Ratings do well for their cable time slot, easy commercial time to sell and new content every week. It makes a profit for them.

  • Arnold Jackson

    XFL won’t be tied or promoted by WWE according to the stock holders meetings. It Vince on his own with that product.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    That would be awesome because Fox would probably let WWE go PG 13. Also I think the XFL would do well with Fox sports 1.