In a report just breaking courtesy of Susan Young and InsideBayArea.com, it has been learned that UPN will not be renewing the contract for WWE Smackdown when it is up next year.
That was in keeping with the news that UPN is going for respectability in the future, and in that future there's no room for senseless degrading of the Amish or for smackdowns.
That's right. There's only one year left on the contract for World Wrestling Federation's "Smackdown!" and the network has decided to let it go.
"It still makes us a decent amount of money," says Leslie Moonves, co-president and co-chief operating office for Viacom, which owns both CBS and UPN. "When you think about the powerhouses of CBS and NBC on Thursday night, it's great counter-programming. (But) it doesn't fit into the overall (programming) strategy."
More on this developing story will be available as it comes in, but right now this can not possibly be a good sign for the WWE and it makes you wonder what will happen to the Smackdown Brand if no network is willing to take the show.
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