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WWE Officially Announces NXT Move to USA Network

August 20, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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– The announcement didn’t come last night during Monday Night Raw as expected. Instead, it came early this morning. Well now, it’s official. NXT is officially joining the USA Network programming lineup starting September 18. WWE and NBCUniversal confirmed the news today with an official press release, which you can see in full below.

With the cable network shift, NXT will now become a weekly, two-hour show. The timeslot puts the show at 8/7 pm Central Time on Wednesday nights. That means the show will be airing opposite All Elite Wrestling’s (AEW) own weekly live TV show every week on TNT. AEW on TNT debuts on Wednesday, October 2 in the same timeslot.

A previous report from Wrestling Observer Radio indicated that WWE CEO Vince McMahon wanted the NXT move to USA Network happen before AEW’s debut on TNT and essentially beat AEW to the punch. Per USA Network and WWE, NXT will continue to be held at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida.

NXT MOVES TO USA NETWORK

NEW YORK and STAMFORD, Conn., August 20, 2019 –WWE® (NYSE: WWE) and USA Network today announced an agreement in principle to air WWE’s weekly Wednesday night show, NXT, live on USA Network at 8/7c starting September 18.

Following NXT’s growth in popularity, the new two-hour weekly show will expand its reach on USA Network, the leader in cable entertainment, while staying in its Wednesday night timeslot that it has held since 2015.

“The move to USA Network provides an opportunity to deepen our relationship with NBCUniversal and further build the NXTbrand,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “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. “As the #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.”

NXT launched in 2010 and has risen to become WWE’s third global brand alongside Raw and SmackDown, hosting nearly 200 live events around the world each year. Airing on Wednesday nights at 8 pm, NXT has been WWE Network’s #1 weekly series.

NXT offers a unique blend of authentic in-ring action with exciting and entertaining storylines that feature WWE’s hottest up-and-coming Superstars including Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream, Shayna Baszler, Johnny Gargano, Matt Riddle, Bianca Belair, Io Shirai, Candice LeRae, Tommaso Ciampa, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish. The brand’s diverse roster consists of elite athletes from the NFL, collegiate and amateur sports, MMA and international sports such as rugby, kushti and kabaddi. It is also the birthplace to 80 percent of the current Raw and SmackDownrosters including Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss, Bray Wyatt and Baron Corbin.

The series will continue to emanate from Full Sail University in Orlando as part of WWE’s production partnership with the preeminent entertainment, media, arts and technology institution.

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