WWE has frequently had to change their plans when special programming or events are being shown by their broadcast partners. NBC Universal will show this year’s Winter Olympics across their family of networks. That means that WWE Raw will get a new temporary home.
PW Insider has reported that WWE Monday Night Raw will be bumped to the SyFy network for two weeks in February. USA will be covering the Olympics on those nights. The dates are February 7th and 13th.
SmackDown has found a home on FS1 in the past when Fox was airing special programs. This will be the first such pre-emption for Raw in decades. The 2/7 episode has been bumped for Men’s Figure Skating. The 2/13 event has been moved in favor of Freestyle Skiing.
In the early days of Monday Night Raw, Jerry Lawler used to complain about being pre-empted for dog shows. At least the Olympics carry a little more clout. Fans will not miss a moment of WWE action, despite the moves.
The Olympics could throw off Raw’s ratings for a couple of weeks. Many simply won’t bother to look once they see the Winter Games on their television. Any drop in ratings during the period should be taken with a grain of salt.
The road to WrestleMania will go through the SyFy channel this year. The WWE Universe is advised to mark their calendars so they don’t miss the change. NXT took a healthy dive during the 2021 games. SmackDown has seen ratings drop during its periodic moves to FS1. Time will tell what kind of a hit viewership will take from the moves.
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