NXT's first live show on USA is now in the books, and it was just as great as we were all expecting it to be.
It feels as if we have been waiting for NXT to debut on the USA Network forever. On Wednesday night, that debut finally happened. Although scheduling issues meant the second hour was shown on the WWE Network, the show still felt incredibly special. Plus, every Superstar on the show delivered, regardless of which hour they appeared during.
NXT on USA kicked off with a terrific number one contender's match for the Women's Title. Candice LeRae won that one, earning herself her first evert shot at Shayna Baszler's championship. Johnny Gargano, who was not on the show, was incredibly proud of his wife and the rest of the women in the very first match of NXT's new era.
LEGIT GOOSEBUMPS.— Johnny Gargano (@JohnnyGargano) September 19, 2019
There's only one "first"! What a way to start this thing off! You freaking killed it @BiancaBelairWWE, @MiaYim, @shirai_io..
..and special congratulations to my favorite wrestler, @CandiceLeRae.
Gargano wasn't the only wrestler impressed with the four women who opened the show. Will Ospreay replied to a gif of Io Shirai showing off some pretty awesome heel athleticism with a simple heart eyes emoji. Shirai has since replied to Ospreay with an emoji of her own, a black heart. Nice to see that other wrestlers were watching the show live, not just those who are currently under the employ of the black and gold brand.
It was also clear to see that a fair few Raw and SmackDown Superstars who passed through NXT would have been watching. Both Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe tweeted about how much their time with the brand meant to them. Plus, returning star Lio Rush, who picked up a win on the show, asked fans whether they missed him once he got back to the locker room.
One show down and it's so far so good for NXT. We don't have any doubt that Triple H and his roster can continue to put on terrific shows, but there's also no doubt that the pressure is on more than ever. Show two will also be split between USA and the WWE Network but after that, NXT will be live for two hours on cable TV every single week. That will also mark the beginning of the Wednesday Night War. Buckle up folks, Wednesdays are about to become the most important day of the week.