WWE NXT moves to USA Network in a week’s time, and the company is trying its best to make sure the black-and-gold brand of NXT gets a proper welcome on national television. NXT came to limelight due to its different brand of wrestling, and the high-quality matches on Takeovers.
A North American Title Match between Roderick Strong and the current champion, Velveteen Dream has already been announced for the debut episode, which will take place on September 18. A triple-threat match between Bianca Belair, Io Shirai, and Mia Yim is also set to take place the same night.
In addition to these, WWE announced a Street Fight between Killian Dain and Matt Riddle for the debut episode. The two hard-hitting individuals have been embroiled in an intense rivalry over the past few weeks, and it will reach its culmination on the Sept 18 episode of NXT.
Dain has formerly wrestled on SmackDown Live and moved back to NXT a few months ago. Matt Riddle is a former UFC superstar, who has become a major name in the NXT roster.
It was recently reported that WWE will be airing the first hour of the first two episodes on USA Network, while the second hour will be broadcast on the WWE Network. It is unclear where these matches will be shown, but there is a greater possibility of these being in the first hour itself.
The hype for NXT is clear with the ticket sales of the upcoming NXT TV tapings. The first two episodes of NXT were sold out within minutes, and the same happened with the third and fourth episodes. The tickets for Oct 2 and Oct 9 episodes went for sale this morning, and were instantly sold out!
In the next two weeks, WWE will be selling tickets for the remaining episodes of NXT. It will be interesting to see if they move out of the small-sized Full Sail University in the upcoming months.