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SmackDown Airing on Fridays for Fox Could Be Temporary

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The current plan is to have SmackDown Live air on Friday nights again once they move to the FOX network. However, it looks like those plans could only be temporary. During yesterday’s (Wed. February 6, 2019) Television Critics Association 2019 gathering, FOX Entertainment CEO Charlie Collie shed some light on the blue brand’s future during FOX’s presentation, per PWInsider.

Collie noted SmackDown Live will be replacing FOX comedies on Friday nights, with those comedies being moved to different days. He also suggested SmackDown being on Friday nights was only “short term”. This leaves the door open for SmackDown to once again move to a different day of the week.

WWE recently signed a five-year broadcast deal with FOX, which goes into effect on October 4th, 2019.  Some big changes will be coming to the show once it moves to FOX. The network reportedly wants the program to have more of a sporty feel rather than a comedy.

Because of that, they’d like to bring back UFC heavyweight champion and former UFC on FOX analyst Daniel Cormier. The idea is to have Cormier serve as a commentator for the show. Also, FOX wants current RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey on SmackDown Live. It will be interesting to see if WWE opts to move Rousey to SmackDown after all, or do away with the brand split altogether.


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