FOX To Cancel SmackDown Live If Ratings Don’t Improve
Fox Sports will officially become the new home of SmackDown Live in just 8 months’ time. Last year, WWE struck a huge $1 billion deal with Fox that’s set to kick-off this fall.
However, the dreadful ratings of SmackDown Live could cost WWE the enormous deal.
On Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez revealed that if WWE fails to improve the B show’s ratings, then Fox is very likely to drop the deal.
“If SmackDown goes to Fox with the star power that SmackDown has I don’t even think there’s a SmackDown on Fox by the beginning of the new year. It’ll be on FS1. It’ll be relegated to some smaller station. They can not they CAN NOT go to Fox with the roster they got now and expect to stay on Fox for any length of time. They can be very easily canceled off Fox. It will be. If they don’t load up SmackDown with stars whether it be the Super Shake-Up or in September or October they will be canceled.”
“They’ve been pulled off networks before. They were canceled off of WGN. This can happen — UPN — This will happen! If they don’t have numbers and they’re not gonna have numbers with the SmackDown roster they have now.”
Alvarez also received a list of Fox shows with similar nightmarish ratings as SmackDown Live that were all cancelled.
WrestleMania Main Event
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer discussed which match could potentially be called the main event of this year’s WrestleMania – Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins for the WWE Universal Championship or Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Becky Lynch (vs. Charlotte Flair) for the RAW Women’s Championship.
“They’re gonna call both [matches] main events. I’m presuming that the women’s match will be last but it’s Vince and I’ll also presume that the decision won’t be made until the week of the show because that’s usually when they make those decisions. Even though Becky said main event, that’s not a lock that they’re going on last, just yet.”
The match that closes a pay-per-view is generally called the main event. It would be interesting to see which title match closes WrestleMania 35.
Jeff Jarrett Breaks WWE Record
WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett made history on this week’s episode of Monday Night RAW after working a singles match with Elias.
Double J now holds the record for the longest gap in between matches on WWE’s flagship show. His last match on RAW took place 19 years and 4 months ago.
Zeb Colter previously held the record at 16 years and 3 months.
Congrats to Jarrett for breaking the long-standing record and rewriting history at the age of 51.
All Women’s Tag Teams At Elimination Chamber
The following 6 teams will be competing for the Women’s Tag Team Championship at Elimination Chamber on February 17, 2019.
- Nia Jax & Tamina
- Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
- The Riott Squad (Liv Morgan & Sarah Logan)
- The IIconics (Billie Kay & Peyton Royce)
- The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection (Bayley & Sasha Banks)
- Naomi & Carmella