2019 has been a huge year for WWE so far.
The company is heading in an all-new direction and despite there being declining television ratings (until recently), WWE is looking to officially kickstart a new era in their product.
If we take a look back at the last two decades in wrestling, the Attitude Era, Ruthless Aggression Era, PG Era, Reality Era, and the New Era had quite different directions. Although, the PG Era's characteristics somehow encompassed the latter two, things appear to finally be changing.
Vince McMahon spoke during the 2nd Quarter Earnings Report call and there he talked more about how the company is going to be changing going forward. This has raised tremendous speculation about the changes we might see.
There is actually, a lot that we already know about how WWE's management is planning to change their product in 2019. This seems to be the start of an all-new era altogether.
In this article, we are going to take a look at 5 things that WWE is changing about their product in 2019. Let's take a look!
#6 Move to Fox and the ensuing change in the product
WWE is making one of the biggest changes that they have made in only 2 months. In October, WWE's SmackDown Live show will be moving to Fridays on Fox. The move to Fox is important for three very specific reasons.
- Enormous contract with Fox
- Bigger audience
- Change in the style of shows
The television deal with Fox has been a huge boost for WWE when it comes to their financial side of things.
The deal will also see the company reach far more homes than they did on USA Network. Compared to USA Network's limited reach, Fox is a goliath, and the product will be reaching far more homes, leading to a possible huge jump in ratings.
Finally, reports have emerged stating that Fox wants a different product from WWE than what we are used to. While acknowledging the product is scripted, this could mean that we will be able to see SmackDown Live's shows far more focused on the wrestling aspect and make it appear more like 'legitimate' sports.