WWE's NXT Will Air On USA Net Against Upstart Promotion On TNT
WWE brand NXT will be "moving to national television" next month, jumping from the streaming-only WWE Network to USA Network with its "first show set for Wednesday, Sept. 18," according to Adam Silverstein of CBSSPORTS.com. NXT broadcasts will "expand from one to two hours and air live" from 8:00-10:00pm ET. NXT was "previously taped upwards of four episodes at a time." The move comes as upstart promotion All Elite Wrestling is set to "launch its own TNT-based TV show, which is expected to be called AEW Revolution, on Wednesday, Oct. 2." WWE moving NXT "off its network and to a cable competitor is both a shrewd business decision and a clear move to thwart the upstart AEW." When WWE agreed to move "SmackDown Live" to Fox, it was "long-believed that NXT would find a home on FS1, which is already going to be airing a weekly WWE studio show." However, Big East basketball commitments "likely threw a wrench in that plan." Fox, which recently lost UFC rights to ESPN, is "looking to fill many of those gaps with WWE programming" (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/20). WWE’s media negotiators at CAA, Nick Khan and Alan Gold, "got the deal done with USA" (THEBIGLEAD.com, 8/20).