Fox Confirms WWE Deal Includes Wrestling Content Outside Of SmackDown

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A Fox Entertainment CEO has confirmed the company will be featuring additional wrestling content outside of SmackDown Live as part of its new contract with WWE.

“The Fox sports networks, FS1, and others, will have some other wrestling–not live SmackDown, not Raw, but other ties to the WWE world,” Charlie Collier explained at the Television Critics Association press tour, as reported by GameSpot.

As we previously reported, WWE’s George Barrios and Michelle Wilson mentioned the prospect of additional programming during a conference call with investors in June of 2018.

“There have been discussions around additional promotional programming that would highlight other activities in WWE. So those are certainly very positive discussions that are taking place — both on FS1 and Fox Broadcast,” Wilson told investors.

Wrestling Sheet Editor-in-Chief Ryan Satin reported via Twitter back in June that there had been discussions relating to NXT possibly airing on FS1 in some capacity when the Fox deal begins, but we’ve been unable to confirm if talks ever progressed into anything substantial. 

Would you like to see NXT programming on FS1? Sound off in the comments below. 

  • ColeMiner Lou DiFigliano

    Yay?

  • Louis

    Nice to be able to see Smackdown on free TV in October.

  • Aj B

    I expect NXT Live to be announced soon after AEW’s weekly television show is announced.

    They could still keep the WWE Network pretaped version of NXT for the true developmental talents.