The wrestling world continues to react to WWE’s announcement that NXT, will debut on USA Network in September.
Former WWE Superstar and current All Elite Wrestling (AEW) wrestler Chris Jericho shared a loaded tweet in the wake of the news. He wrote:
“Oh by the way… @WWENXT on @USA_Network? #YoureWelcome #IndustryChanger”
Turns out that NXT’s General Manager William Regal has seen Jericho’s message. It didn’t take him long to respond:
“Yes,thank you Chris. From us both being on NXT in 2010 until today, being a mentor, announcer and GM, NXT has given huge oppurtunities for many talent who would never of got a chance before, to be real game changers. And it’s all down to you.Thank you so much”
NXT’s September start date puts WWE a few weeks ahead of AEW’s TNT debut on October 2nd. This gives WWE time to try and establish its black-and-gold brand on television before their competitor’s debut.
With both shows airing on Wednesday nights, the wrestling industry is on the precipice of a new ratings war between the two shows. Despite this, AEW EVPs, The Young Bucks, recently stated they aren’t “scared” of WWE’s counter-programming efforts.
WWE NXT will be moving up to a two-hour time slot and will debut on USA Network on September 18th at 8/7 C.