A few years ago SmackDown made the jump to the USA Network, and WWE made a big change they moved the blue brand to Tuesday nights and made SmackDown a live show.
However, NBCU is reportedly focused on keeping Raw, and WWE is expected to receive three times its current value for the show.
NBCUniversal is willing to lose the television rights to SmackDown Live while maintaining its relationship with WWE to air Raw on USA Network, The Hollywood Reporter's Matthew Belloni reported Wednesday.
The belief was that WWE could end up on FOX and if that did happen then Monday Night Raw would go to FOX while SmackDown Live would go to FOX Sports 1.
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NBCUni snagged the rights to SmackDown back in 2010.
This won't be the first time both Raw and Smackdown will be on different TV channels as the shows were separated in the early '00s. At the time, United States of America aired five hours of live WWE programming a week; WWE programming now airs two nights a week on USA.
Smackdown, which still boasts the sixth biggest audience among cable originals (including news programming), enters the open market as sports and sports entertainment (WWE wrestling is staged) programming has been fetching a premium given the live tune-in that comes with it.
WWE's television contract is expiring in 2019 with the USA Network.