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WWE Raw Likely To Stay On USA Network

WWE Raw Likely To Stay On USA Network

According to Matthew Beloni, Editorial Director of The Hollywood Reporter, Raw would be remaining on the USA Network and getting as much as three times its current rate from the cable network, but NBC intends to let SmackDown Live go.

But the relationship of WWE and NBCU will not be completely severed as Monday Night Raw will continue to air on USA Network.

- FOX isn't ready to give up on picking up Raw in addition to its reported frontrunner status regarding landing the rights to Smackdown.

Smackdown Live moved to the USA Network July of 2016, after 17 years of appearing on SyFy, MyNetworkTV, UPN and others.

Neither NBCU nor WWE have commented on the matter.

This won't be the first time both Raw and Smackdown will be on different TV channels as the shows were separated in the early '00s.

NBCU scored rights to Smackdown - the second-longest-running weekly episodic program in U.S. TV history - in 2010. Back in 2012, Major League Baseball, Fox Sports Media Group and Turner Broadcasting entered an eight-year national media rights deal for postseason games said to be worth $12.4 billion.

For now, it looks like a bidding war is happening for Smackdown Live and the highest bid will finally get the show from next year onward.