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NXT move to USA Network confirmed by WWE



NXT move to USA Network confirmed by WWE

WWE and USA Network have announced that the company’s Wednesday night offering, NXT, will be moving to television.

Starting September 18, NXT will debut on USA as a two-hour weekly show while retaining its original Wednesday timeslot at 8/7 Central (1 am UK).

“The move to USA Network provides an opportunity to deepen our relationship with NBCUniversal and further build the NXT brand. Over the long term, our goal is to develop a following that can be monetized to the same level as our flagship programs, Raw and SmackDown.” – Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO

NXT’s departure leaves a huge void in the live WWE Network programming schedule. NXT has been by far the Network’s most popular show for years in that Wednesday timeslot.

However, WWE has announced that episodes of NXT will be available on-demand on the WWE Network 24 hours later with TakeOver events still exclusively on the Network.

The move has caused undoubted excitement in the WWE ranks with NXT head Triple H saying:

Other NXT stars shared their excitement too:

The news of the move was not unexpected though. It had been rumoured for the last couple of weeks that WWE would look to move NXT onto a national television stage ever since All Elite Wrestling’s television deal was announced with TNT.

With the start date of the new NXT/USA relationship set for two weeks before AEW’s premiere episode on October 2, WWE are hoping to get a march on the competition. That has got fans salivating over what is being dubbed the ‘Wednesday Night Wars’.

Even one of the Executive Vice-Presidents of AEW, Nick Jackson, responded to the news:

WWE has confirmed that the live two-hour show will continue to emanate from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida with the same high work rate, quality wrestling to be expected.

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