Fox Sports CEO says WWE Smackdown is joining at the strongest part of the network’s year

By Jason Powell, Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

Fox Sports CEO Eric Shanks spoke about the network adding WWE Smackdown to its lineup on Friday nights beginning in October. “The WWE joins our schedule at clearly our strongest part of the year, when Fox has the highest circulation of any network on television,” Shanks told reporters during a conference call related to the network’s upfronts event. “Being able to have that Thursday through Sunday circulation, it has to have a positive impact on the rest of the week. There’s just no question about it.” Read more on the story at

Powell’s POV: Shanks isn’t just blowing smoke, as Smackdown will get quite the push during the network’s NFL broadcasts and presumably during its World Series coverage. Fox and USA Network are both holding their upfronts events today, and WWE personalities will be making appearances. However, with the crew in London for the Raw and Smackdown tapings, there won’t be many or perhaps even any appearances by current main roster talent. Rather, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, John Cena, and others will be appearing on behalf of WWE.

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