During today’s (Wed. February 6, 2019) Television Critics Association 2019 gathering, FOX Entertainment CEO Charlie Collie spoke to media during FOX’s presentation. Collie revealed that SmackDown Live would be replacing FOX comedies on Friday nights, per PWInsider. Those shows will then be moved to other nights on the network. Collie also noted that SDL being on Fridays was “short term”. With that being said, that means it’s still possible the blue brand is moved yet again.
WWE’s SDL Deal With FOX
WWE’s five-year deal with the FOX network kicks in on October 4th, 2019. It has been reported that FOX wants SmackDown Live to have more of a sports-oriented feel rather than comedy. With that, FOX would like to retain the services of current UFC commentator and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. “DC” worked as an analyst for the UFC on FOX before the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion moved to ESPN.
Also, FOX would like Ronda Rousey to be a member of the blue brand, if WWE decides to keep brands separate after SmackDown officially makes the move. WWE will likely oblige, as they’re under pressure to put up good numbers. This week’s SmackDown Live was the least viewed episode since the brand went live in 2016.
What do you think about SmackDown Live possibly moving from Fridays on FOX?