In a major from ESPN, it is being reported that the WWE has agreed to air SmackDown Live on Fox starting in October of 2019. The deal is reportedly for 5 years and $1.025 Billion ($205 Million/year). The will also reportedly move the air date to Friday night. This amount is three times what NBCUniversal pays to air SmackDown Live on the USA network.
The move for now will only affect SmackDown Live. The WWE reportedly reached a deal with NBCUniversal last week to continue airing Monday Night Raw on USA network. There's no word yet on how this will affect shows like NXT or 205 Live, which currently both air on the WWE Network.
On Tuesday's (Dec. 26) SmackDown Live in Chicago, Illinois, GM Daniel Bryan announced that there would be a tournament for the U.S. Title that Dolph Ziggler appeared to have relinquished the week before. On that show, we saw Bobby Roode defeat Baron Corbin and Jinder Mahal defeat Tye Dillinger to advance to the semi-finals. What was still unknown was the other four participants in the tourney, until now.
Cathy Kelly revealed the other four participants via WWE Now video on Youtube. The other four superstars are Zack Ryder, Mojo Rawley, Xavier Woods and Aiden English. Rawley will battle Ryder in the first round and Woods will take on English. Those matches should take place next week but there is no word on when the semi-final and final matches would be held.