TVWeek.com is reporting that the bidding for the future home of WWE Smackdown is down to two companies: MyNetworkTV and Tribune, which owns Superstation WGN on cable.
According to the article, "MyNetworkTV would bring the program back to the former UPN affiliates that once had the property. Tribune has a number of options for where it could put Smackdown, including Superstation WGN. Tribune was a surprise entry in the bidding, with most pundits expecting NBC to be one of the last bidders standing."
Tribune recently brought in former FOX TV president Ed Wilson to oversee changes to the channel’s programming line-up. MyNetwork president Greg Meidel has been in charge for over a year, and has tried to revamp the network’s line-up of shows. For many former UPN affiliations, it would simply be a return of Smackdown to the current MyNet affiliate that aired Smackdown before the show moved to the CW.
Prior to signing with Spike TV in 2005, TNA was negotiating with WGN as a possible home for iMPACT.