Thursday morning NBC Universal announced that they had struck a new deal with WWE to continue being the primary carrier of their weekly content, which includes RAW every Monday night.
It was a tedious process that had some thinking WWE could even make the move back to Spike TV, but we all had known that eventually, especially given the long-standing partnership with Vince McMahon and NBC, a deal would be set in place eventually.
Not too long ago, WWE issued a press release officially announcing the agreement.
“USA Network President Chris McCumber, Syfy President Dave Howe and I are incredibly pleased to renew this strategic partnership with WWE,” said NBCUniversal Cable Chairman Bonnie Hammer. “In today’s TV landscape, live event programming is an extraordinarily valuable asset, and WWE remains the only entertainment franchise that consistently delivers this on a 52-week a year basis. We look forward to bringing WWE’s action-packed and unique brand of drama to the wide audiences across our cable networks for many years to come.”
“We are proud to continue our long-standing partnership with NBCUniversal given their premiere position in the marketplace and vast promotional platforms,” said WWE Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Vince McMahon. “We are excited about our future as we further the reach and popularity of our live, family-friendly entertainment programming 52 weeks a year.”
This means that RAW will be staying on the USA Network every Monday evening, and Smackdown will continue to air Friday nights on the SyFy Network. Of course, there is always the opportunity to run specials on the actual NBC Network itself, similar to the old Saturday Night’s Main Event programming.