SmackDown on Fox: WWE Moves Show to Friday Nights on Fox Sports; Extends RAW USA Deal

After reports that WWE has been shopping SmackDown Live to other networks, the company and FOX broadcast network confirmed a new five-year deal to bring the Blue Brand to Friday nights beginning Oct. 4, 2019.

"At FOX we are thrilled to welcome WWE to the FOX Sports family and bring SmackDown Live to broadcast television," said Eric Shanks, President, COO and Executive Producer FOX Sports in a press release. "We are huge fans and know that together FOX Sports will be the leader in live events for the foreseeable future."

"WWE and FOX are a perfect match," said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO in a press release. "Moving SmackDown Live to broadcast TV and having the ability to leverage FOX's extensive portfolio of world-class sporting events will expand the reach of our flagship programming."

The same press release refers to SmackDown Live as a two-hour live event, which seems to signify that the program will keep its length. Of course, both companies can change their stance on the length of SmackDown Live come next October but for now the Blue Brand will remain two hours long.

WWE and the USA Network have also come to an agreement on a five-year extension for Monday Night RAW. The new deal will begin in October 2019 and continue the nearly 30-year relationship between WWE and NBC Universal.

Back in May, ESPN's Darren Rovell described the SmackDown Live deal with Fox as "massive," and came only days after a report from The Hollywood Reporter that claimed NBCUniversal declined a deal. THR reported the Fox deal for SmackDown Live was worth $205 million annually. Variety reported that NBCUniversal's deal for Monday Night RAW was a projected $400 million a year.

The amount on either deal was not disclosed by the WWE, Fox or NBCUniversal in the announcement.

So what do you think of SmackDown Live moving to Fox Sports? Are you happy it's being moved to Friday nights? Let us know in the comments section below.