There's a stir in the wrestling world, with industry veteran Vince Russo deliberating the likelihood of WWE's prime attraction, Roman Reigns, moving from SmackDown on Fox to the more established RAW on the USA Network. As the Undisputed Universal Champion, Roman Reigns doesn’t make frequent appearances, but his rare presence on SmackDown significantly boosts ratings.
Reigns has stamped his authority as the key figure on Friday nights. Given his track record, his appearance on RAW would undoubtedly provide a ratings resurgence for WWE's flagship show.
FOX's Uncertain Renewal
The recent development stems from speculation that FOX might not renew SmackDown’s broadcasting rights.
This assumption, discussed on Sportskeeda's 'Writing with Russo', presents the potential for WWE to reposition their ace, Reigns, to the USA Network, primarily as a strategic move for audience retention. Vince Russo shed light on this possibility, stating, “What if they pull Roman altogether and put him on USA? If WWE's future is with USA, and FOX is out of the equation, shifting Roman now makes sense”.
The wrestling community has been abuzz since the Tribal Chief, Roman Reigns, made his last televised appearance on WWE's August 11th SmackDown episode. His unexpected hiatus left fans eagerly speculating about the reasons and dates for his next appearance.
The anticipation reached fever pitch with every episode. Thankfully, recent buzz hints at the end of the wait, as Reigns is reportedly scheduled to make a comeback and enthrall fans on the October 13th edition of SmackDown.
Adding to the excitement, Reigns is also gearing up to defend his Undisputed Universal Championship at Crown Jewel later this year, marking his first defense post-SummerSlam 2023. AJ Styles is currently rumored to challenge the dominant 'Head of the Table'
However, given the unpredictable nature of the WWE landscape, the final call on Reigns' opponent will undoubtedly have fans and pundits alike eagerly awaiting the company's next moves.
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