WWE Co-President on if They View AEW as Competition, if SmackDown Will be Hurt by Airing on Fridays

WWE Co-President on if They View AEW as Competition, if SmackDown Will be Hurt by Airing on Fridays

WWE Co-President George Barrios was a speaker at the 47th Annual J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications Conference in Boston.

During the conference, Barrios was asked if WWE considers AEW as competition.

“The best comment I’ve ever heard was from Reed Hastings who said, ‘Sleep is competition.’ He nailed it. You are competing for people’s time. So, whether it’s Fortnite, the NBA, Kung Fu novels – we are fighting for people’s time. So, everyone is a competitor at everything. So yeah, AEW has announced and welcome to the game.”

Barrios also attempted to put a positive spin on Smackdown moving to Friday night.

“It’s hard to compare,” Barrios said referencing when SmackDown aired on Fridays from 2005-2015. “We have been on Friday nights before but we’ve never been live. We think it’s a net positive, generally. Having a few days between [Raw and SmackDown] is helpful to some degree. But ultimately, we’ll see how the fans react. But we think it’s a generally positive thing happening.”

SmackDown started out on Thursdays before moving to Fridays. It then moved back to Thursdays briefly before moving to Tuesdays in 2016.

As Barrios mentioned, this will be the first time the show will air live on Fridays. In regards to if SmackDown will air on a tape delay on the West Coast, Barrios deferred to FOX.

“Our partners are still working through that. If you look at today, depending on who the provider is, even with USA, in terms of live on satellite is different than on cable. So, I think FOX will work through that themselves as well. I don’t think they’ve announced it, so we’re not gonna announce it,” stated Barrios.

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