Last weekend, during the broadcast of NXT TakeOver: WarGames, WWE confirmed that NXT will be heading to Portland, Oregon on February 16, 2020.
Eagle-eyed fans noticed this means that NXT TakeOver: Portland will be taking place on a Sunday night. Up to this point, NXT TakeOvers have always taken place on a Saturday or a Friday night.
Now Dave Meltzer, on the Wrestling Observer Radio, has revealed the real reason why NXT TakeOver shows will now take place on a Sunday evening like WWE main roster pay-per-views.
“I think the new thing is that they want all the big shows on Sunday to avoid the Saturday boxing and whatever competition there is. I think that they have found or there is a belief that the viewership on the Network has been traditionally much stronger on Sundays than Saturdays and of course, there’s a reason for that.”
Meltzer also noted that WWE will be trialling putting NXT shows on Sunday nights with NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II in January 2020 and NXT TakeOver: Portland the following month:
“Essentially, this is a test that they’re doing with the TakeOver UK show and for this show where it’s like we’re gonna see if more people watch these TakeOvers on Sunday and if it works that way then Sunday will be, you know, the night.”
This also means that NXT TakeOver shows will be stand-alone and will not take place the day before WWE main roster pay-per-views as they have done in previous years.
This was confirmed yesterday as WWE announced a Worlds Collide show between NXT and NXT UK for the night before the Royal Rumble instead of a TakeOver.