WWE co-president George Barrios recently spoke at the 47th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference in Boston. Barrios was asked about SmackDown Live being moved to Friday nights on FOX, and if it will air on a tape delay on the west coast.
Here are the highlights:
If moving SmackDown Live to Fridays will hurt the show given Fridays are the worst days for ratings: “It’s hard to compare,” Barrios said. “We have been on Friday nights before but we’ve never been live. We think it’s a net positive, generally. Having a few days between [Raw and SmackDown] is helpful to some degree. But ultimately, we’ll see how the fans react. But we think it’s a generally positive thing happening.”
If SmackDown Live will air on tape delay on the west coast: “Our partners are still working through that. If you look at today, depending on who the provider is, even with USA, in terms of live on satellite is different than on cable. So, I think FOX will work through that themselves as well. I don’t think they’ve announced it, so we’re not gonna announce it,” stated Barrios.
H/T Wrestling Inc. for the transcriptions