After all these years, RAW is still one of the highest rated shows on cable, so it makes sense with its contract coming up with USA, that they start shopping around for the best deal they can get.
UPROXX says FOX has a big interest in making a move, but only if they can’t work something out with UFC.
Meltzer reports that Triple H met with the head of Fox Sports a few months back and that the network is interested in WWE’s broadcast rights if UFC decides to head elsewhere with their programming. There is even speculation that Fox would be interested in buying WWE outright, as they attempted to do with UFC before the price got too high, ultimately selling for $4 billion last summer.
If Fox were to score WWE’s broadcast rights — or even buy the company outright — the feeling is Raw would be aired on Fox proper, which would be the first time Raw has ever aired on network TV, while Smackdown would be moved to Fox Sports 1, and more WWE-branded content could end up on FS1 or Fox Sports 2 in place of UFC content. If this all takes place, it would mean Raw would likely be moved back to two hours, from 8 to 10 p.m., as many local Fox affiliates air local news at 10.
The whole deal, however, is contingent on whether or not Fox re-ups their deal with UFC.
I am for anything that makes RAW two hours again, so I hope it goes down.