“Why make trillions when we can make...BILLIONS?” is a rather infamous quote from one of the last great movie villains, Dr. Evil.
Curiously, no one in “The Spy Who Shagged Me” called up Fox in order to get those billions of dollars. Likely as a result, Vince McMahon was able to cut a deal for a cool billion dollars with the TV company earlier this week.
Thankfully, there’s no devious scheme at work here though. Multiple outlets have reported that Fox is nearing a five year deal to broadcast Smackdown. Rumor has it, the show will begin to air for Fox on Fridays starting October, 2019.
This is tremendous news for anyone who is a fan of pro wrestling. For the first time in decades, wrestling will be on one of the big network TV stations presumably in primetime. That means greater mainstream exposure and acceptance for the product we love.
In addition, I can practically guarantee the money involved in the deal will only help improve WWE’s product. Bigger contracts can be signed for existing stars and new stars can be brought in from other leagues. Production quality will surely increase as well.
That’s all without mentioning the fact that you know WWE writers will step up their game for Fox. One can hope Fox won’t let through anything close to the horrid Bobby Lashley segment which aired on Raw this past week.
Despite all of these positives, I have still seen quite a few people express some displeasures with this deal. Concerns about the live nature of Smackdown seem to be the biggest complaint.
While I can see the reasoning behind the belief that Smackdown will lose some of its mojo if it becomes pre-taped, I’m still not concerned by it. Smackdown was pre-taped for years with little to no consequences to the quality of the show. I think everyone loved the era when Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, and JBL main-evented Smackdown in the mid-2000’s, despite the fact that the show still wouldn’t become a live program until 2016.
Even still, if anyone is still concerned about the new TV deal, there’s just one simple fact to remember. More money and more exposure for WWE can only lead to a better show.
At the end of the day, I think that makes this TV deal pretty groovy for WWE fans everywhere.