WWE and USA Network announced an agreement in principle to air WWE’s weekly Wednesday night show, “NXT,” live on USA Network at 8/7c starting Sept. 18.
Following the NXT brand’s growth in popularity, a new two-hour weekly show will expand its reach on USA Network, while staying in a Wednesday night timeslot 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 top 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 and international sports such as rugby, kushti and kabaddi. It is also the birthplace to 80% 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.