One of the biggest topics in the world of professional wrestling remains the big news that WWE’s SmackDown Live will be moving to FOX in 2019 (go here for that story), leaving the USA Network where it has made its home since January 7th, 2016 (SmackDown Live has been on NBCU networks since October 10th, 2010). The reported deal is worth $205 million per year, making the five-year agreement worth in excess of $1 billion (you can check that out here).
One of the blue brand’s top Superstars, The Miz, appeared yesterday on Busted Open Radio and addressed his goals for the move, as well as what it could do for SmackDown Live brand:
“Let’s put it this way, I get traded from RAW to SmackDown and as soon as I get traded to SmackDown all of a sudden, you know, FOX puts up a billion dollars. So I want to motivate and dedicate myself to where when we are ready to move from USA to FOX in 2019, I want to be the face of that show, of this show. And so that is my goal. I want to be in the middle of every poster. I want to have merch that literally everybody wants to buy, that everybody wants to see.
Sometimes I look at my merch, well I haven’t had merch in literally a year and when I get merch I’m literally looking at it going, ‘I wouldn’t wear this.’ So I want merch that people look at and go, ‘I want to buy that, I want to wear that. That is something that is amazing and incredible.’
Like I want to basically be the superstar I believe I can be and I want my talents to be utilized in a way that I can succeed and I really am going to motivate myself and dedicate myself to be the face of the franchise when the FOX merger happens because moving to FOX, a network show, this show will be bigger. It’ll no longer the quote unquote the B show like everyone always says it is. It will be the A show and more people will watch it. So I’ll be interested to see what happens from a creative standpoint, from a marketing standpoint, [and] from a WWE superstar standpoint.”
Quotes c/o PWInsider
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