WWE Open To Adding A Third Hour To SmackDown

SmackDown could become a three-hour show

SmackDown could be set to join Raw as a three-hour broadcast in 2024.

FOX's media rights deal with WWE to broadcast Friday Night SmackDown in the United States is set to expire in October of next year and WWE CEO Nick Khan confirmed during the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference that the exclusive negotiating window with FOX over a new agreement has expired. 

This means WWE can speak with other parties interested in the media rights for SmackDown and the pro wrestling company adding a third hour to SmackDown isn't off the table, Khan revealed.

"We're still open to a third night of SmackDown. FOX as it's constituted currently is a two-hour primetime, so that's the deal that FOX wanted to do. That's the deal that we wanted to do," said Khan.

The WWE CEO also revealed last week the company were open to moving SmackDown from Friday nights. The blue brand show has previously aired on Tuesday nights and Thursday nights during its long history.

Moving Raw from Monday nights was also not ruled out by Khan. 

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