Once thought to be moving to FS1, it now appears NXT might make the switch from WWE Network to the USA Network prior to AEW’s premiere on TNT.
There was a ton of speculation WWE might be considering a move for the NXT brand to go up against AEW on Wednesday’s when it airs on TNT. The popular opinion was that FS1 wanted the show. PWInsider is now reporting that over the last 48 hours, directions have switched and there’s a pitch to have the NXT brand moved to Wednesday nights on the USA Network. Popular rumor insider WrestleVotes has added that they believe WWE will announce the move this Monday.
A lot of rumors going around concerning NXT. I’ll add what I’ve heard... NXT is moving to USA Network on Wednesday nights. Not FS1.— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) August 17, 2019
And... I’ve been told WWE will make the official announcement this Monday.
Just like it would have on FS1, the show would air from 8 pm - 10 pm ET, putting it head-to-head with AEW's new weekly TNT series. And, as it would have on FS1, WWE would premiere the show on the same night as AEW premieres on TNT - Wednesday, October 2.
The new slot wouldn’t necessarily see NXT move to a two-hour show right away, but it would do so gradually, still housing broadcasts out of the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL.
In an update to the report, Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio that Vince McMahon is looking to "get the jump," which means NXT would premiere before October 2, allowing for WWE to settle an audience in to the new timeslot in hopes fans don’t jump to TNT because they don’t want to miss anything NXT is doing.
What This Means
If true, this is a much better audience and network for WWE and it shows Vince is taking AEW as a threat quite seriously. Putting NXT up against AEW on a home WWE knows well is a shot at their new competition hoping NXT will out-class AEW and hurt their ratings on Wednesdays.