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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2010

    WWE thinking about adding a third hour on SmackDown.


    The possibility of WWE adding a third hour of Friday Night SmackDown to its weekly lineup was once again brought up when WWE CEO Nick Khan appeared at the JPMorgan Global TMT Teleconference on Tuesday. Khan confirmed that the company is open to a third hour while also confirming that the window of exclusive negotiations with FOX for SmackDown's next round of media rights contracts has expired. The current contract has SmacKDown staying on the network on Friday nights until next year.

    Elsewhere, Khan confirmed that Monday Night Raw will continue to be a three-hour show through its next TV contract, though there have been discussions about how to change up the third hour and make it more"adult." Previous attempts at this idea have resulted in WWE changing its lighting for the third hour and the invention of Raw Underground.

    A popular question regarding WWE's upcoming merger with UFC into TKO Group Holdings under Endeavor is what effect the parent company might have. Both WWE President Nick Khan and Paul "Triple H" Levesque pushed back against the idea during a recent quarterly investors' conference call.

    "I can certainly represent emphatically to you on the creative that there's no one at Endeavor or the UFC that has any interest in trying to interfere with that, in any way whatsoever," Khan said at the time. "I think [UFC President] Dana White would also represent to you that never or almost never, I don't know the specifics but never would be my guess, have the Endeavor folks told him no, you should do this match or you should do it this way. That's not what they do."

    "Creatively, we look forward to continuing to do what we do and the momentum that it has," Triple H said. "And on top of that, I speak for myself, I'm incredibly excited about what endeavor brings to the table and how we can utilize them to expand our efforts and really hyper focus on them internationally and, and growing what we do across the globe. I think they'll be incredibly helpful there."

    Vince to Gronk

  2. #2
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    Nov 2011
    A city in the United States.
    Screw sabermetics.

  3. #3
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    Feb 2004
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    Absolutely HATE this idea! Why I love Smackdown way more than Raw; show seems much more concise on Friday night.
    Eichel Tower

  4. #4
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    Dec 2008
    They will be able to give time to the lesser talents which you all complain about constantly that dont get the time of day.... interesting that its an issue all of a sudden lol

  5. #5
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    Nov 2006
    Well they aren't going to be able to add a third hour as long as they are on Fox. It's only a two hour timeslot. So, if it were to happen, it won't happen until the end of next year.

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