Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel has opened up about the future of WWE Raw and says the company is going to be calculated in regard to its rights deal.
WWE SmackDown is on the move from FOX in 2024 with the USA Network announced as the blue brand’s new home. Reports suggested on the back of that move that Raw and NXT could be looking for a new home away from the USA Network.
To that end, WWE has made moves for NXT to head to The CW network in 2024 leaving Monday Night Raw as the only weekly WWE show whose long-term future remains unknown.
WWE To Be Robust With Raw Negotiations Says Ari Emanuel
Speaking on the TKO third quarter earnings call, Endeavor and TKO Group CEO Ari Emanuel gave an insight into the future of WWE Raw following the announcements regarding SmackDown and NXT:
As it relates to the Raw renewal, we’re having really productive conversations with multiple parties regarding Raw. We expect a robust process with Raw. We’re very comfortable with Raw’s position. We’re going to be patient, measured, calculated with our approach. No specific timeline regarding an announcement.
It was also noted by Emanuel that the company received a 40% increase on the SmackDown broadcast rights deal while the NXT move to The CW brought a 70% increase on the previous deal for the show.