Reports are swirling that WWE is about to begin broadcasting NXT on the USA Network as a two hour live show to go head-to-head with AEW’s own live show on TNT.
NXT’s rumored time slot on the USA Network would be on Wednesday 8 – 10 PM ET, which is the same time slot as AEW on TNT.
AEW’s first episode has been announced for October 2nd and tickets for it sold out in a matter of hours.
The official announcement of NXT’s move from the WWE Network to the USA Network is rumored to happen this Monday on RAW.
The rumors about the Monday announcement are seemingly confirmed by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Radio. Meltzer reported that Triple H has been dropping hints about the move. While he won’t confirm the rumors, Triple H has supposedly been fielding the question by telling people to “Watch TV on Monday.”
According to Meltzer, the plan is for NXT to “get a jump” on the competition as the NXT tv show will go live before the first episode on AEW on TNT.
Meltzer also noted that Vince McMahon has been heavily involved in the decision to place NXT on TV and position it as competition to AEW as he considers the competition with AEW as a “war”. For better or worse, it also sounds like McMahon, who had previously mostly seemed to leave the running of NXT to Triple H will be heavily involved once it goes on TV.
Meanwhile, news of NXT being positioned as direct competition against AEW has been met with what many are taking as a “challenge accepted”, from one of AEW’s Executive Vice Presidents.
The Young Bucks‘ Nick Jackson recently posted a short Tweet merely saying “Bring in on.” This was retweeted by the official All Elite Wrestling Twitter account. Many feel that this cryptic Tweet is in response to the WWE and NXT.