WWE SmackDown Live will formally move to FOX Sports on Friday evenings starting on October fourth. Also, the show will kick off a massive new cash deal among WWE & FOX. Fox Sports’ SVP of Sales Mark Evans tended to the network’s securing of SmackDown amid declining ratings.
WWE and Vince McMahon presented the Wildcard Rule on WWE TV – not long after WrestleMania 35. It was a strategy being utilized to help spike declining ratings for both Raw and SmackDown Live. With top stars from Raw regularly showing up on SmackDown – the rule has successfully finished the brand split in WWE. The gadget has yielded a faltering measure of accomplishment for WWE. However, the Wildcard Rule will allegedly reach an end once SmackDown makes its transition to FOX Sports.
FOX Sports’ Mark Evans didn’t appear worried about declining WWE TV ratings in an interview for The Big Lead. Also, FOX has huge plans for the introduction of SmackDown Live when it moves to the system on October 2nd.
“We feel how we’re going to present and how we’re going to promote the WWE is going to inject it with such a new life,” Evans said. “It’s going to be a home run for us.”
Recently, WWE announced that they plan to exhibit Raw and SmackDown Live as two different TV show. So, this could help spruce up SmackDown as far as to look and feel once the blue brand moves to FOX Sports.
Moreover, FOX Sports will include SmackDown Live in its weekly sports bundle. Therefore, it’s conceivable the networks will exhibit the show as even more sports broadcast than an entertainment broadcast. Do you think SmackDown Live prosper on the FOX Sports? Let us know in comments section beneath.