WWE kind of led Fox on with NXT moving to FS1, but that’s not looking likely at this point.
The fact is that Fox’s FS1 channel lost a lot of programming when the UFC took off. NXT could have helped fill a small amount of that void, but now it looks like WWE has made a decision to go with a more familiar platform on the USA Network.
Dave Meltzer explained this situation during Wrestling Observer Radio and it’s not hard to believe that Fox would be a little irritated at this point. After all, they really seemed to think that NXT was coming to FS1 and even told their local affiliates about the change.
“Fox obviously thought they were getting the Wednesday show on FS1 and FS1 obviously lost God knows how many hours of UFC programming which hurts them because UFC programming is some of the strongest stuff they hard — NASCAR was kinda like the strongest I think on FS1 — but, UFC was very strong on FS1 and they lost all of that.”
“Part of the deal was the idea that ‘the money that we’re going to spend on UFC we’re gonna spend on WWE.’ They had a shot, but the thing is that if nobody said anything then people would be like whatever, but they told their affiliates that we’re going to be getting NXT and they’re not.”
“So that tells me that they thought strongly so now you’ve got a thing of, ‘Okay are we gonna’ — it wasn’t like we’re gonna have two hours of SmackDown and we’re gonna have this talk show and we’re gonna have all this other stuff, you know all this other special programming. It was like ‘we’re gonna be the WWE station, but they’re gonna have three hours on USA Network. Now all of a sudden WWE has made it so that Fox is not the WWE channel, USA is. USA Network is gonna have Miz & Mrs, they’re gonna have the Steve Austin show, they’re gonna have Raw, they’re gonna have two hours on Wednesday.”
Only time will tell whether FS1 will eventually get a WWE talk show, but that’s something that Triple H said would be coming sooner or later. This is interesting because it also makes us have to wonder what night of the week they would put such a talk show on.
Another question that has still not been addressed concerns 205 Live. Because they’ll either need to move to Fridays or figure something else out which could change that brand’s live component altogether.
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