The 2019 MLB Playoff schedule is out and some dates will stand out to wrestling fans.
First, Game 3 of the World Series is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 23 on FOX. As wrestling fans know, WWE will move to FOX on Oct. 2 and air live every Friday night. With the World Series taking priority over WWE, SmackDown will likely be moved to FoxSports 1 on Oct. 23, though this has not been confirmed by WWE or FOX.
No American League Championship Series games are scheduled to take place on Friday, meaning WWE will remain on FOX while the ALCS airs on FOX and FS1. Game 4 of the ALCS is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 16 on FS1 or FOX. While there is no confirmation that NXT will move to FS1 in the fall, this game could affect the NXT airing schedule if the brand does indeed find a place on FS1 in the near future. WWE is also set to air a studio show on FS1 beginning in the fall, though no day or time has been confirmed. The MLB playoffs could cause the studio show to move networks or times depending on when the show airs.
With there being the option to air the ALDS on FS1 or MLB Network and the ALCS on either FOX or FS1, it's possible that NXT and the WWE studio show remain on FS1 throughout the playoffs while baseball airs on FOX or the MLB Network.
While All Elite Wrestling will remain on TNT throughout the MLB Playoffs, the company will face heavy competition once the show premieres. AEW on TNT will premiere on Oct. 2, the same day the AL Wild Card game takes place on ESPN.
AEW will also be up against Game 2 of the World Series (Oct. 23) and possibly Game 7 of the World Series (Oct. 30). The NLDS and NLCS will air on TBS.
MLB playoff schedule. Plan accordingly. pic.twitter.com/4zqU6E7NNu— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) August 5, 2019
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