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In October 2019, SmackDown Live will participate in the FOX network and FOX Sports channel, as part of a new Broadcasting Agreement between the US network and WWE.
While the ESPN reported that the sports channel wanted to "kill" the differentiation of 2 brands (RAW and SmackDown) to get the stars of the company in the two shows, new sources today report that they chain specifically asked for the separation of the two routes It was not possible to restore a superstar to his Friday show.
FOX Sports, who wants to focus on the sports world instead of the Burlesque WWE show, seems to want to make its mark in martial arts after the UFC rights have been lost. To do this, since Wrestling Inc. reports that the American Channel would see the arrival of Ronda Rousey in the racks of SmackDown Live to increase the sports image of the program. The former MMA fighter will serve as credibility for the new direction the network wants to take to SD.
Ronda Rousey is not the only mixed martial arts that the American network wants to recover. Daniel Cormier, the UFC fighter, is also sought after to be one of the commentators of the new version of the Blue Show. While scheduled to test earlier this month, he has been pushed aside to focus on his next match and title defense against Derrik Lewis at Madison Square Garden.
WWE is now under pressure to meet all FOX requirements. In addition, US Network, RAW's broadcaster, did not say its last word. So, Rousey at SmackDown Live, good or bad idea?