WWE: The Future of Smackdown
Vince McMahon has said it time and time again, "UFC is not competition for WWE." He's said it so many times, fans may actually start to believe it.
But here's the kicker: UFC is competition for WWE. As a matter of fact, it's the biggest competition WWE has. And Vince McMahon knows that. He is a brilliant businessman and one of the best wrestling promoters of all time, and there is simply no way he does not see UFC taking away some of his audience. Wrestling may be a different product than MMA, but a good portion of the audience is shared.
UFC pay-per-view buy rates are through the roof, and on weekends that WWE and UFC both hold pay-per-views, the WWE shows seem to draw a low buy rate.
Chances are it's not a coincidence that WWE is airing a live edition of Smackdown, and looking into changing the night the show airs a week after UFC announced that they will be airing The Ultimate Fighter, live on Friday nights.
A few reports have surfaced, stating that WWE is looking into airing Smackdown live on Tuesdays every week, depending on how well this week's Super Smackdown performs ratings-wise. The reason WWE has never aired Smackdown live in the past was because of high production costs and the gap between Monday and Friday, making traveling a challenge for the road crew. Airing the show live on Tuesday wouldn't be any more of a hassle for the crew than taping the show on Tuesday, and if the show draws enough viewers the higher production costs could be outweighed.
All of these factors, from the UFC airing The Ultimate Fighter live on Fridays to WWE running somewhat of a "trial" live Smackdown this Tuesday seem to indicate a change in the future of Smackdown.
In the comments below, feel free to discuss the subject and give your thoughts on Smackdown going live.
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