‘WWE Friday Night SmackDown’ to return to USA Network in $1.4 billion deal
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The deal is reportedly worth a total of $1.4 billion.
USA previously aired the show from 2010 to 2019, when it moved to Fox. USA also airs “WWE Raw,” but that is covered by a separate agreement that the WWE says it will start renegotiating in 2024.
NBCUniversal is reportedly paying about 40% more than the $1 billion Fox was paying for the rights.
The deal also calls for WWE to produce four primetime specials for NBC starting with the 2024-2025 television season.
NBCU will also offer its “WWE Hub” on Peacock and will presumably bolster that with “SmackDown” related content.