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WWE News: WWE CFO Talks RAW & SmackDown Possibly On Separate Networks

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Now that the annual NBC Upfronts presentation has come and gone, many fans were of the impression we could get an announcement about WWE’s new television deal, which is set to expire with NBC Universal in the Fall of 2019. There’s been a lot of talk that the company could be heading to FOX, with discussion about RAW being on FOX while SmackDown Live could be on FX or FS1, plus the possibility of NXT getting on television as well.

WWE Chief Financial Officer George Barrios was on-hand at the JP Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference and spoke on the chances of the company’s top television shows being on separate channels:

“Market determines that opportunity. From our end, [we don’t think] it’s an issue to split it. We have done it before. We think we’re pretty good at promoting and moving our viewers from one platform to another. Seven or eight years ago, it was only from one network to another network, which changed dramatically. We can’t over-emphasize it, is the nature of social and digital and helping do that.

So, we’ve been able to do it before, we would feel even more comfortable doing it today just because we have a direct connection with all our fans which we did not have seven or eight years ago. So, our ability to do that, if it made sense economically, there were partners interested, if we felt comfortable with the partners in question, operationally we would not see an issue with doing that.”

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EA’s Take: We’re still waiting for something to happen on the TV deal front, but if it turns out RAW and SmackDown Live end up on different channels, I don’t see what the big deal is. This has historically been the case whether RAW was on USA or Spike, while SmackDown was on UPN or SyFy. It’s only the last couple of years that they’ve both been on the USA Network. Personally and selfishly, I’ve said before I don’t want any WWE programming on FOX, only because I use streaming services for my television viewing. I don’t think WWE is considering that at all while making this move and quite frankly, they shouldn’t. If you love wrestling and watch WWE, you’ll find a way to watch it regardless, in my opinion.

 

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WWE News: Non-Spoiler Preview For Tonight’s NXT & 205 Live (12/12/18)

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Spoiler-free previews for tonight’s NXT and 205 Live!

After a couple of weeks worth of WWE’s NXT were held in San Jose and Los Angeles, California, last week the brand returned back to its home at Full Sail University as the final episodes of the year have already been taped.





Although tonight’s episode of WWE NXT was previously recorded at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, we at The Chairshot realize not everyone likes a spoiler. With that in mind, here’s a non-spoiler preview of what’s happening on NXT, which airs at 8PM EST on the WWE Network:

  • NXT General Manager William Regal has hand-picked Ricochet’s challenger for the NXT North American Title
  • EC3 seeks revenge when he takes on The Undisputed Era’s Bobby Fish
  • What’s going through Aleister Black & Johnny Gargano’s minds ahead of their Steel Cage Match?
  • Someone will qualify for the NXT Women’s Title #1 Contender’s Fatal 4-Way when Mia Yim meets Reina Gonzalez
  • Following a vicious attack two weeks ago, The Mighty will face-off with Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch in tag action

Preceding NXT will be the high-flying action of the Cruiserweights at 7PM for 205 Live. While it was taped last night prior to SmackDown Live, here’s a non-spoiler preview for tonight’s episode of the purple brand:

  • Before defending his title at TLC, Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy goes one-on-one with Noam Dar
  • Cedric Alexander looks to send a message to Buddy Murphy through his friends when he battles ‘The Premier Athlete’ Tony Nese





Which match are you most excited for? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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WWE News: Another Match Made For TLC This Sunday

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WWE has added a Chairs Match to TLC on Sunday!

Just as SmackDown Live is about to go on the air (keep up with all the action with Mitchell’s Live Report), another match has been made official for Sunday’s TLC pay-per-view featuring two of the blue brand’s top Superstars.





After their recent encounters and the shocking unmasking, Rey Mysterio will have his shot at revenge against Randy Orton when they go one-on-one. However, it won’t be just any match as the two will clash in a Chairs Match:

Rey Mysterio and Randy Orton will pull out a chair (or two or 10) to settle their scorching rivalry, and the time and place for the hard-hitting encounter will be at WWE TLC, where they will go head to head (and swing for swing) in a Chairs Match.

The bitter hatred between these two Superstars fueled several jaw-dropping moments, including Orton viciously unmasking The Master of the 619 during the Nov. 20 edition of SmackDown LIVE. Given their chaotic brawls in recent weeks, nothing will come close to the battle that awaits them in this steel sharpens steel affair.

Will Mysterio capitalize on his moment for redemption? Or will The Apex Predator claim another “victim?” Don’t miss Mysterio and Orton swinging for the fences in what promises to be a chaotic Chairs Match at WWE TLC, Sunday, Dec. 16, streaming live at 7 ET/4 PT on the award-winning WWE Network.





Who do you think will get the win at TLC? Let us know on social media @theCHAIRSHOTcom and always remember to use the hashtag #UseYourHead!

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