WWE officially announced NXT’s move to the USA Network, beginning Wednesday, September 18 from 8-10 PM ET.
“The move to USA Network provides an opportunity to deepen our relationship with NBCUniversal and further build the NXT brand,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO via WWE.com. “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.”
“USA Network and WWE have one of the longest and most successful partnerships in television history,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks – USA and SYFY via WWE.com. “As the No. 1 cable entertainment network, we’re excited to add NXT to our weekly lineup alongside powerhouse flagship Raw and to bring a new generation of Superstars to a wide audience.”
WWE pointed out that NXT will “continue to emanate” from Full Sail University in Orlando as part of the company’s production partnership with the institution.
This is a change from initial reports, which suggested NXT would be going on the road. The move is clearly being made to compete with All Elite Wrestling, which will be premiering Wednesdays on TNT from 8-10 PM ET. AEW had hoped by going to Wednesday nights, they would avoid head-to-head WWE competition on cable television.
NXT launched in 2010 and is WWE’s third brand alongside RAW and SmackDown. It’s been the WWE Network’s No. 1 weekly series.
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— WWE (@WWE) August 20, 2019