Wrestling – USA Network is about to be the go-to spot for WWE: SmackDown is making the move to the network next year.
USA already airs Monday Night Raw for three hours each week and will be the home for WWE Tough Enough once the reality competition show returns for its sixth season June 23.
Since its 1999 debut, SmackDown has broadcast over 800 episodes, earning it the title of television’s second longest-running weekly episodic program (first place belongs to Monday Night Raw). The show will begin airing on USA in early 2016.
The USA Network is now the official home of WWE programming, as both of the company’s flagship shows will be shown on the USA Network starting next year. The WWE is coming off one of it’s most profitable weeks in a long time, and it’s clear that the USA Network has always been happy with the ratings Raw brings in, so this makes sense. Hopefully Smackdown moving to a better day (Thursday) and better network (USA) means that it will be treated as something other than a Raw re-run. The WWE has so much TV time that it’s always baffled me that it can’t add a few more under card feuds with guys who are itching to get on TV. If they don’t do it now, they probably never will, but this is a chance for the WWE to have two important TV shows on every week, and I hope they take advantage of that.
WRESTLING – WWE issued the following today:
JON STEWART AND SETH ROLLINS™ TO SETTLE THE SCORE TONIGHT ON MONDAY NIGHT RAW®
STAMFORD, Conn., March 2, 2015 – WWE® Superstar Seth Rollins and Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, will finally settle the score in their on-going feud, live tonight on Monday Night Raw at 8/7C on USA Network.
Rollins and Stewart’s feud began when Mr. Money in the Bank claimed he could make The Daily Show With Jon Stewart “watchable” by hosting the program when Stewart leaves. Stewart and Rollins have since traded verbal jabs and came face-to-face last Thursday when Rollins invaded The Daily Show With Jon Stewart during Stewart’s “Moment of Zen” and challenged him to face him once and for all at Monday Night Raw.
Stewart, a longtime fan of WWE, is the host of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, a satirical news program that airs on Comedy Central. Stewart announced on February 10, 2015, during a taping of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart that he will leave the show before the end of 2015. This Sunday, March 8, Stewart will host Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs on Comedy Central at 8pm ET/PT.
This is me right now, anxiously awaiting Jon Stewart and Seth Rollins going face to face on Raw. Will they wrestle at WrestleMania? Will Randy Orton defend Jon Stewarts honor? Will J & J Security get involved and then get immediately beaten up? (yes) The possibilities are endless, and I can’t wait (just like every other week) to watch Raw tonight.