WWE’s NXT moves to the USA Network
By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The WWE announced on Tuesday morning that NXT will be airing on the USA Network beginning Wednesday, Sept. 18. This will be a weekly show that will be live on the network that also airs Monday Night Raw.
This will be a two-hour show from 8-10 pm EST. Before this announcement, the WWE’s third program – which has become wildly popular – moves from the WWE Network, where it has been since 2015.
“The move to USA Network provides an opportunity to deepen our relationship with NBCUniversal and further build the NXT brand,” WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon said. “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.”
With this move, the NXT brand will be competing against All Elite Wrestling (AEW) that will also be airing on TNT from the same time frame. This WWE’s first competition from WCW Nitro competed against Raw years ago.
NXT has been the WWE’s third brand since 2010. Over the years, many of the top performers on the WWE roster have competed in the NXT brand.
This brand has nearly 200 live events around the world every year, according to the press release. When it aired on the WWE Network – which subscribers have to pay $9.99 per month – was the No. 1 weekly show.
Despite this announcement, the brand will still emanate from Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida. The WWE’s Performance Center is also based in Orlando, as well.
The press release said 80% of the Raw and SmackDown rosters have come from the NXT brand.