Fox had to spend billions of dollar to bring WWE Smackdown to its network. The deal will last for 5 years. Critics have raised concern recently. The TV ratings for the WWE have been on the decline and they continue to decline. The CEO of Fox Entertainment is Charlie Collier.
The Warp interviewed him recently. The event was the Television Critics Association press tour. He was asked about what protections Fox has in case Smackdown does not bring the ratings required by the network. Collier did not answer the question, and deflected it.
"I'm a guy that came out of cable," said Collier. "And for the last few decades in cable, what's driven the No. 1 network has been wrestling”. “In terms of protections – this is a company that historically really leaned into NFL at a time where I think no one thought Fox could do so, and they've turned out to become the leading purveyor of the NFL," Collier continued.
"And we're leaning into WWE with just as much enthusiasm." TV Ratings have improved slightly over the past several weeks. Paul Heyman and Eric Bischoff were hired as executive directors and they will most likely work to improve the WWE ratings.
Ratings are almost down by double digits since the WWE had Fox signed a deal together. The WWE is also worried about All Elite Wrestling. They might compete with the WWE and win.