WWE and Fox have a 5-year deal which is set to start in October 2019. We really don’t know what to expect until the launch date gets closer, but it might be a good idea to look at how Fox is currently handling their programming to get an idea of how they might deal with WWE.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted that the Ultimate Fighter, UFC’s reality show, is being pre-empted on FS-1 because they don’t want to go head-to-head against the MLB playoffs. This means the show will resume next week, but in WWE world, a week off could mean disaster.
If Fox gets a show like NXT or any other WWE produced product on FS-1 in the new deal, this might mean that they could hold off on showing WWE programming because of a major sporting series like baseball’s playoffs or World Series.
Only time will tell what kind of agreement WWE and Fox Sports can work out because nothing has officially been announced to even air on FS-1 or FS-2 just yet. But seeing how Fox is losing a lot of UFC programming on those channels and they’re picking up WWE, a switch is seemingly the obvious way to go.
So you might want to pay attention to the channel guide because when there’s another sporting event that goes up against WWE’s show on FS-1 they might just elect to pre-empt the show that week. This would not only put the show a week behind, but it could also be confusing for fans.