WWE's other big announcement today is that come the first quarter of 2016, SmackDown will begin airing on USA Network for the first time. The show has been airing on another NBC/Comcast/Universal channel, SyFy, since 2010 and just recently returned to Thursday nights after a decade on Fridays.
The show will remain on Thursdays, and there's nothing in the news to indicate that it will change from it's current pre-taped on Tuesday schedule.
Officials from both WWE and USA spoke about their expanding partnership:
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
WWE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Vince McMahon: WWE is proud to have SmackDown join Raw as part of our expanded partnership with USA Network. 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.
This probably isn't a huge change for fans, but having the shows on the same network streamlines things for WWE, who can now point to just two places where viewers can find their product, and gives USA another ratings juggernaut - albeit one that doesn't attract the biggest advertising dollars.
What do you make of this big move, Cagesiders?