WWE NXT lands Wednesday night slot on USA Network, will go head-to-head with AEW

first_imgThe NXT show, which to this point has aired exclusively on the WWE Network, will be expanding to two hours and will air Wednesday nights from 8 to 10 p.m. ET. That will put it head-to-head with upstart promotion All Elite Wrestling, which is launching its new weekly television show on TNT starting Oct. 2.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearBREAKING: Starting Sept. 18, @WWENXT will air LIVE as a two-hour weekly show every Wednesday on @USA_Network! https://t.co/Jk2crhv0Nx— WWE (@WWE) August 20, 2019“The move to USA Network provides an opportunity to deepen our relationship with NBCUniversal and further build the NXT brand,” WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon said in a press release. “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.’” NXT shows will continue to take place at Full Sail University in Orlando, which seats around 400 people. Previously, the shows were taped weeks in advance, but now will air live weekly on USA Network.Beginning this fall, WWE alone will be airing seven hours of television programming. That includes NXT, its flagship program “RAW” on Monday nights along with “SmackDown Live” that will air Friday nights on FOX beginning Oct 4.With NXT and AEW going head-to-head on Wednesday nights, it will be the closest thing to the famous “Monday  Night Wars” back in the 90’s between WWE “Monday Night RAW” and WCW “Monday Night Nitro.” That was a time when the wrestling audience peaked with both shows drawing incredible ratings as they tried to one up each other week after week with more outrageous storylines and bigger matches. The already crowded wrestling landscape just got even busier for this fall.WWE announced that NXT, its brand featuring up-and-coming talent along with established independent stars, will air live weekly on the USA Network starting Sept. 18.last_img

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