WWE and USA Network have confirmed a long-rumoured agreement to air WWE’s weekly show, NXT, live on USA Network starting September 18th.
Following NXT’s growth in popularity, the new two-hour weekly show, previously only available on the WWE Newtwork SVoD service, will expand its reach on USA Network, the US cable channel, 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 monetised to the same level as our flagship programmes, Raw and SmackDown.”
“USA Network and WWE have one of the longest and most successful partnerships in television history,” added Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks – USA and SYFY. “As the #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. The brand – with its own unique identity – serves as the home for up-and-coming superstars, where the hone their craft in the hope of being called up to the main roster. The brand is overseen by WWE legend Paul ‘HHH’ Levesque.
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.