WWE BUSINESS: Nick Khan says WWE open to changes to Raw and Smackdown TV shows


Posted on 5/24/123 by Colin Vassallo



WWE Chief Executive Officer Nick Khan said that the company
is open to different plans for Raw and Smackdown if a new TV
partner requests them and is willing to pay. Khan was
speaking at the JP Morgan Global Technology, Media &
Communications Conference yesterday.

Khan said that Raw could move from Monday nights if it made
sense and they’re exploring different ways how to make the
third hour more for their mature audience. Raw has been on
Monday nights since its very start in January 1993 and it
was never considered to move from its staple time slot.

As far as Smackdown is concerned, Khan noted that a third
hour for the blue brand is not off the table and that could
bring in additional millions of dollars for the company. The
third hour of Raw is not popular with fans, with many
preferring a two-hour broadcast, but more hours mean more
money. Smackdown is also up for changing days, having
previously also aired on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Khan said that ideally WWE would be on every day of the week
and apart from a lucha libre show which was internally
discussed, there’s also discussions about adding a show on a
new night which would be more adult-oriented.

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