After NXT’s Deal With the CW, Is USA Network Losing Out on WWE Raw?

Published 11/09/2023, 8:58 AM EST

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WWE has lately been shifting its broadcast home for its weekly programming. While it is normal for the promotion to host their live shows in different cities, they usually air in one place for the nationwide telecast. For the fans residing in the USA, Raw and NXT used to air on the USA Network while SmackDown aired on FOX. First, SmackDown left its media partner, followed by NXT, which is going to air on CW Network, and now Monday Night Raw could follow suit.

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A subtle change in Raw’s television rights

Although the USA Network has gripped SmackDown, it is seemingly going to lose the Monday Night weekly show soon. The reason behind the same has not surfaced, but reports suggest that there is an interest in moving the red brand to a new home.

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Dave Meltzer has just reported, “There’s a good chance they’re [USA Network] losing Raw. Most of the talk is that Raw is going to go to FX.” The industry insider suggests an increasing likelihood of the prospect of the Monday Night show shifting to a brand-new home.

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The deal would most probably be for the next five years. If this materializes, all the weekly programming of WWE would have been distributed to three different networks.

This would either make WWE more profitable or cause the promotion more issues, as they would have to deal with three different publishers at the same time.

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After working with the USA Network for four years, WWE has planned to shift NXT to another network. The most dominant reason behind the same must be the monetary gains the wrestling company is going to have after this shift. As reports suggest, WWE may already have landed gold with their contract, let alone the money they will gain for airing the show on a non-cable network.

The promotion is promised a price of $15 Million a year for its developmental brand. While it might sound less than WWE’s standard, we should keep in mind that here we are talking about the brand of the promotion that is less popular than the other two.

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Do you think Monday Night Raw would also receive a handsome amount of money if it’s shifted to another home?

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Kaif Ali

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Kaif Ali is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports and is a massive WWE enthusiast and he won’t have it any other way. Confused about the third person narrative? Well, what can you expect from someone who grew as a fan of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. I am also a John Cena fan and follow his “Never Give Up” mantra when it comes to my daily work life.
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