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WWE SmackDown is moving to USA Network in 2016

USA Network really is the home of WWE programming.

WWE announced Tuesday morning that SmackDown is moving from SyFy to the USA Network in the first quarter of 2016.

“WWE is proud to have SmackDown join Raw as part of our expanded partnership with USA Network,” WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon said in the press release.  “The combination of the No. 1 cable network and two ratings juggernauts provides a destination for our viewers and an extraordinary platform for our partners.”

Added USA Network President Chris McCumber: “WWE consistently delivers one of the largest and most socially engaged live audiences in entertainment and we’re excited to expand our long-standing relationship and be the true cable home for the WWE fan.”

No word on whether SmackDown will stay on Thursday nights or go live on Tuesday nights.

In addition to the blue brand hopping across the NBCUniversal Cable Universe, USA is adding a “re-imagined” Tough Enough to the schedule starting Tuesday, June 23, 8 p.m. EST.

This is a great move for WWE to consolidate its programming on one of the top cable networks.

About Brian Fritz

Brian Fritz
Brian is the owner and editor-in-chief of Between The Ropes. He has also covered wrestling and MMA for The Orlando Sentinel and AOL Fanhouse and currently is a contributor for Sporting News. You can email Brian at btrfritz@gmail.com.

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