Former WWE writer and creative genius (most people would argue here), Vince Russo recently sat down with Chris Featherstone of Sportskeeda. He talked about a wide variety of things and also revealed the future of WWE on the USA Network. He said he’s in touch with people working for the network.
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“I’m going to tell you something. I’m going to say this; I’m not going to tell you who. I still talk to Network people in television because I’m a television mark. I have worked with Network people my whole life, you know, with Spike, and Turner and USA and the whole nine yards. I have learned a ton of television from Network people.”
He also said that the USA Network renews their contract with WWE once their five-year deal ends in 2024.
“I had somebody tell me this past week, when it comes to the TV side of it, and I’m not going to speak for Fox. I don’t know about Fox, but I was told that WWE is not even a priority for the USA Network anymore. And if it’s not a priority, I can’t imagine USA (Network) is going to sign them up again after this deal. Now, don’t get me wrong, Chris. You and I both know wrestling. They will find another sucker. They will find a Network who thinks they are buying Rock and Austin. That’s what they do.”