The reports are true. The WWE NXT brand is headed to USA Network. There were rumors that the announcement would be made during last night’s Raw, but instead WWE waited until 9amET today. Here’s the full press release from WWE.
NXT MOVES TO USA NETWORK
NEW YORK and STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE and USA Network today announced an agreement in principle to air WWE’s weekly Wednesday night show, NXT, live on USA Network at 8/7 C starting Sept. 18.
Following NXT’s growth in popularity, the new two-hour weekly show will expand its reach on USA Network, the leader in cable entertainment, while staying in its Wednesday night timeslot that it has held since 2015.
“The move to USA Network provides an opportunity to deepen our relationship with NBCUniversal and further build the NXT brand,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “Over the long term, our goal is to develop a following that can be monetized to the same level as our flagship programs, Raw and SmackDown.”
“USA Network and WWE have one of the longest and most successful partnerships in television history,” said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks – USA and SYFY. “As the No. 1 cable entertainment network, we’re excited to add NXT to our weekly lineup alongside powerhouse flagship Raw and to bring a new generation of Superstars to a wide audience.”
NXT launched in 2010 and has risen to become WWE’s third global brand alongside Raw and SmackDown, hosting nearly 200 live events around the world each year. Airing on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., NXT has been WWE Network’s No. 1 weekly series.
NXT offers a unique blend of authentic in-ring action with exciting and entertaining storylines that feature WWE’s hottest up-and-coming Superstars, including Adam Cole, Velveteen Dream, Shayna Baszler, Johnny Gargano, Matt Riddle, Bianca Belair, Io Shirai, Candice LeRae, Tommaso Ciampa, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish. The brand’s diverse roster consists of elite athletes from the NFL, collegiate and amateur sports, MMA, competitive bodybuilding and international sports such as rugby, kushti and kabaddi. It is also the birthplace to 80 percent of the current Raw and SmackDown rosters, including Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss, Bray Wyatt and Baron Corbin.
The series will continue to emanate from Full Sail University in Orlando as part of WWE’s production partnership with the preeminent entertainment, media, arts and technology institution.
They will also replay NXT on WWE Network on Thursdays at 8pmET and on-demand after that.
Here are some tweets from Triple H, John Cena, Roman Reigns and others.
Can’t describe this announcement in any other word than PROUD.
Proud of everyone involved from day one.
Proud you’ve let your voice be heard and carried the banner of this brand.
Proud you’ve loudly & clearly said #WeAreNXT.
And I’m proud to say, we’re just getting started. https://t.co/GAF34LZGeT
— Triple H (@TripleH) August 20, 2019
A long step away from “developmental system down in Florida.” From the first #NXTArRIVAL on @WWENetwork to a weekly television show on @USA_Network. Congratulations to @WWE and @WWENXT! https://t.co/zJNt5FANBI
— John Cena (@JohnCena) August 20, 2019
A lot of time has been spent in the trenches with the men and women I was in @WWENXT with. From armories to the main event of #WrestleMania, we’ve come along way. And we’ll always be @WWENXT. #WeAreNXThttps://t.co/XurUzTyLRL
— Roman Reigns (@WWERomanReigns) August 20, 2019
I told you…@WWENXT as a brand is bigger, better, and stronger with the #UndisputedERA in it. You can thank us for the move to @USA_Network on September 18th. Only the beginning…#BayBay#AdamColeBayBaypic.twitter.com/pLdTOxhalV
— Adam Cole (@AdamColePro) August 20, 2019
— Kyle O'Reilly (@KORcombat) August 20, 2019
Congrats to the @WWENXT team, in front of and behind the camera, who’ve given so much of themselves to make this huge step happen! So proud to have played a small part!!! @TripleH 😎 https://t.co/GzPMN8kDvk
— Scott Armstrong (@WWEArmstrong) August 20, 2019
— Shayna Baszler (@QoSBaszler) August 20, 2019
— Roderick Strong (@roderickstrong) August 20, 2019
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) August 20, 2019
So many of my favorite moments in wrestling have been at @WWENXT — it’s very cool and long overdue for NXT to shine brighter than ever before on their own weekly show. Congrats👏 pic.twitter.com/cFRUg3nKmI
— Nattie (@NatbyNature) August 20, 2019