In the last few hours, there has been a lot of talk about the fact that the American television station, NBC, has downloaded some of its flagship sports products, such as the NHL or NASCAR. The sensational news, however, came when several online sites reported the possibility that USA Network, a channel that broadcasts both Monday Night Raw and NXT, will most likely buy the television rights of these companies, so as to include them in its schedule.
The bad thing for WWE is that NHL games are usually held on Wednesday nights in prime time, the very same time slot and day that USA Network airs the weekly episode of NXT, with the third roster of the McMahon-owned company possibly undergoing yet another move due to the landing of the NHL on the channel.
According to what was stated in the last hours by the usual Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer, the concern now would not be so much for NXT, which in any case should keep its fanbase intact, even moving during the day, with the AEW that could fly alone on Wednesday evening, how big a deal it would be now to keep Monday Night Raw in place.
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The WWE flag show, in fact, has now been airing on Monday nights for decades, with a possible conflict that could come when the NHL has to broadcast its matches on Monday night. In fact, during the preliminary stages of the Stanley Cup, the playoffs are played a little every day of the week, with the NHL broadcasting its games also on Monday evening, with one of the two companies, WWE and NHL, which will have to then clash over who can go on the air and who can't.
If other sports don't seem to bother USA Network or WWE, as matches or competitions air in the morning, afternoon, or on days other than wrestling schedule, as far as NHL is concerned, this could be a big thorn alongside McMahon, who now have not just one, but two shows in the balance in the weekly programming of the famous American TV channel.
It was noted that since the Stanley Cup Playoffs have so many games, and some of them are on Monday, then it might cause USA Network to make a tough decision. It is unknown what will go down when that happens, but it seems inevitable at this point.
WWE Raw won’t need to leave Mondays for good. That is their established day as the longest-running weekly episodic television program in history. They have been preempted before with the Westminster Dog Show. Perhaps the NHL will cause them some headaches in the future as well.