Stephanie McMahon Reveals Critical Details on WWE Programming in Peacock Deal

Published 03/24/2021, 3:00 PM EDT


There have been a lot of questions concerning the change in timings for WWE’s weekly shows following the deal with Peacock.

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While a big move like this came with some key changes, there seem to be no changes at all when it comes to show timings. 

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In a recent interview with Bloomberg Business of Sports, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon settled the doubts over Raw, SmackDown, and NXT’s scheduling following the shift to Peacock.

“Monday Night RAW will still be on USA Network. It’s still live, every Monday Night night, 8 to 11,” said Stephanie. “NXT is newer to USA, but it’s live every Wednesday 8 to 10. And Smackdown is still on Fox, live every Friday, 8 to 10.”

“So our core flagship programming is still with our partners. And our pay-per-views and all our shoulder content is now living on Peacock,” she clarified.

Stephanie McMahon assured fans of a safe environment at WrestleMania

WrestleMania is closer than ever and fans can’t wait for the big event which will be the climax of almost every major storyline. WWE made the big decision to allow fans to attend the show live which has also sparked a lot of questions. 

These concerns stem mostly from the health and safety initiatives taken by WWE to adhere to lockdown restrictions. Stephanie McMahon also assured fans that every safety guideline was being followed and that there is little to worry about.

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“We are grateful to be following in the Super Bowl’s footsteps. In terms of the stadium itself we worked with all the local organizing, commissions, sports authorities, the mayor’s office, to develop the best plan we could,” explained McMahon.

“We’re going to be providing masks, the same way the NFL did. All the health and temperature screenings. We’re going to have a similar capacity for both nights, though the scaling will be different because we can have people on the floor,” she concluded.

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We are all set to have a series of huge showdowns at WrestleMania, and the presence of fans will definitely improve the atmosphere. An integral part of WWE’s product is and has always been the fans and thankfully, things have gotten a lot better from 2020, which allows them to attend. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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