Since they are bringing Smackdown over to their network, NBC Universal has worked hard with Vince McMahon and WWE to increase the amount of advertisers that are on board. Thus far, their collective efforts have brought in 37 new advertisers. While that is good news, there is still a lot of concerns as the ratings have been dropping. If it keeps dropping, then there is a fear of losing those advertisers in the near future.
November 4, 2015
For the longest time now, fans have been trained to view Smackdown as a secondary show. That is going to be temporarily changing soon. The belief is that Vince McMahon is going to load up the show with big matches for the first few months after they move to the USA Network. There is a very good chance that John Cena is going to have to work on that show more frequently than normal. Undertaker and Brock Lesnar might even make appearances.
September 24, 2015
Some troubling news for Vince McMahon. Viewership for Smackdown continues to drop at a rapid pace, and the latest episode was the lowest rated yet. Fewer than 2 million people watched the show this week. The internet wrestling community has slowly lost interest in the product because they feel that is simply a recap show for Monday Night Raw. Nothing significant really happens all that often on the secondary show.
September 5, 2015
When Destination America picked up both TNA and ROH, the belief was that they wanted to be a hot spot for professional wrestling fans. Now, they want even more. Rumors have surfaced that the network met with WWE to discuss the possibility of picking up one of their tertiary shows. Vince McMahon plans on keeping Monday Night Raw and Smackdown on the USA Network.
August 5, 2015
Just to give you an idea of how important the company views the Tough Enough series, Vince McMahon has started to skip out on the Smackdown taping each week so that he can fly down to Florida to be on the set of the reality television show. For years, the CEO would always be on set to direct things, so this is quite the change in mentality.
July 25, 2015
Generally, when you are doing the final week of promoting a pay per view, the interest level in the product increases. That is not the case with the latest episode of Smackdown. It received the lowest amount of viewers for a non holiday in years. Hopefully, this prompts Vince McMahon to make some changes with how the creative department handles things.
July 17, 2015
While the company would never admit this, WWE has been rather disappointed with the move that Smackdown made from Friday nights to Thursday. Management was hoping for a considerable boost in the numbers because they were moving to a night where people do not go out as much. Unfortunately, though, the improvement was marginal. Vince McMahon is desperately hoping that the move to the USA Network will bring better numbers.
April 8, 2015
Despite the fact that they have consistently put up tremendous numbers, WWE has never been able to earn the trust of the USA Network to allow them to have their secondary show on the same channel. That all changes at the end of the year, when Smackdown finally makes the move to the same network as Monday Night Raw. Vince McMahon is said to be quite pleased with the development because his viewership should increase.
April 7, 2015
Vince McMahon caused a bit of an uproar with the internet wrestling community when he stated that Antonio Cesaro was missing something that prevented him from being elevated to the main event. In a recent interview, Daniel Bryan decided to defend Cesaro, stating that if the two of them were to work a lengthy match together on Smackdown, it would easily generate a huge reaction from WWE fans.
March 18, 2015
The northeastern portion of the United States is being pounded by a storm that some are predicting to be one of the worst in history, and that does not bode well for WWE. An official statement was released by Vince McMahon earlier today, letting fans know that Monday Night Raw and Smackdown will not be taking place as usual. It is being said that Raw will be shown on Thursday this week. No word yet on when the traveling ban will be lifted.
January 26, 2015