SmackDown Live very well could be moving to another network when their current television contract is up.
Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that with NBC Universal’s new deal with Raw there’s no way we’re going to get a shorter flagship show.
“There’s no way that they’re spending that money and cutting it down to 2 hours. There’s no chance of that because the key here and the value of WWE to USA Network is USA Network doesn’t have any big hits anymore. If USA Network still had big hits and were still number 1 in primetime because they’re not even number 1 in primetime, they say they are they’re really not.”
But if you’re thinking SmackDown Live will find itself as a 3-hour program then you probably don’t need to worry too much.
Wrestle Votes said that while a 3-hour program might be more attractive to some networks, WWE would like it to remain a 2-hour show.
Of course, we’ll just have to see what happens because interesting things can happen when television negotiations are involved.
Regarding the news of Smackdown Live finding a new television home, I’m told WWE wants to keep the show 2 hours in length. While 3 hours would entice some networks, unless the new money is ridiculous, WWE would like to remain at 2 hours.
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) May 17, 2018
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