It looks as though WWE will be undergoing some major changes when SmackDown Live moves to Fox in October 2019.
Ever since WWE has taken up more of an entertainment approach to their production, comedy has been a key part to many storylines produced in the ring.
Vince McMahon loves comedy in wrestling, as we've seen it pushed hard in several feuds throughout WWE history, especially during the Attitude Era. It still fits well into today's PG era too.
However, that could all be about to change once SmackDown moves to Fox next year, according to reports.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, via Wrestling Inc, Fox network officials reportedly want SmackDown to show less comedy and take more of a sports direction.
WWE's blue brand will be part of their new sports block of programming, which will run Thursday through Sunday in 2019, and they want some adjustments made to the product.
Due to this, SmackDown will be moving back to Friday nights, but it now looks like the officials at Fox wants WWE to make their storylines circulate around more what happens in the ring than comedy.
Fox also reportedly wants their sports people on the different shows heavily promote it, so it would make more sense for WWE's blue brand to become more sports orientated.
This will likely mean WWE fans will witness fewer dance breaks and more actual wrestling on SmackDown when it switches networks this time next year.
Whether or not this will be good for SmackDown's viewership remains to be seen, as there will likely be even finer details the Fox network officials want WWE to deploy before they get their hands on the show in 2019.
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