SmackDown on FOX Gets the Cake for Major WWE Shows Over Raw on USA Network

Published 09/11/2021, 12:38 AM EDT
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – FEBRUARY 16: Vince McMahon attends a press conference to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)


According to Andrew Zarian of the ‘Mat Men Podcast’, reports have suggested that WWE slated both the WWE Draft and the King and Queen of the Ring tournaments to take place in October

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Andrew Zarian took to Twitter and handed the dates for the Draft and delivered a finalized date for the last match of the ‘King of the Ring’, and ‘Queen of the Ring’ tournaments.

The drafts will take place on October 1st and October 4th for SmackDown and Raw respectfully. Whereas, the premiere of ‘King of the Ring’ and ‘Queen of the Ring’ tournaments will take place on SmackDown on October 8th.

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The final for both the ‘King of the Ring’ and ‘Queen of the Ring’ will take place on October 21st in Saudi Arabia.

However, there is one tiny detail to notice here. WWE is slowly shifting their major storylines and events to SmackDown on FOX, and Monday Night Raw is pretty much left out.

Is WWE favoring SmackDown over Raw?

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FOX and SmackDown came to an agreement back in 2018, where SmackDown and FOX agreed to work on a 5-year contract. However, lately, WWE is programming major events on SmackDown.

Vince McMahon being honored at the 2,357th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony held on Hollywood Blvd on March 14, 2008, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alexandra Wyman/WireImage)

Honestly, it makes sense for WWE to push more lucrative content on SmackDown because FOX is in most homes in the United States, which automatically gives WWE a head start.

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For now, WWE has advertised the premiere of ‘King of the Ring’ and ‘Queen of the Ring’ tournaments on SmackDown and they just completed a successful event called ‘Super SmackDown’ which took place in Madison Square Garden.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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