Earlier this week, WWE confirmed that NXT will be moving to the USA Network on September 18th. The new weekly show will run for two hours, and will be treated on par with Raw and Smackdown.
If reports are to be believed, then despite increased involvement from Vince McMahon, Triple H will still run NXT, and the goal is for the product to remain largely the same.
“I think that finally makes it feel to everyone, like it is now a third brand. It’s not this, ‘Are you going up to the main roster?’ Cause we’ve talked about that, I’ve never liked that, you’ve never liked that. To me, it’s a lateral shift, but now it really solidifies that idea.”
“What will be interesting is a lot of those talents are used to taped shows. Live is way different. They go from an hour to two hours and to me, one of the things that I loved about NXT is that it was an hour. Because you couldn’t – if you got ADD, you’ll be able to focus through that hour, probably, you know what I’m saying? And it’s just enough time to not over-expose anything, but to expose enough and that to me is kind of the biggest question mark.”
Edge would then go on to suggest that main roster stars like Cesaro and Apollo Crews who are “spinning their wheels” could now make a move to NXT to revitalise their careers:
“What I hope is that if there is talent that are spinning their wheels and they can do so much more, like an Apollo Crews, like a Cesaro. So many people. Let them go to NXT, man. And let them shine and let them do their thing. That to me is how you can fill up those two hours, that to me is how you can use those guys to teach the younger folks, ‘Okay, this is live TV. This is how this works,’ and I think that’s the key.”
NXT’s new two-hour live weekly show on Wednesday nights will be going head-to-head with All Elite Wrestling on TNT. Edge stated why he is excited to see what AEW puts out:
“And in terms of AEW, I mean what’s super exciting about that is we have no idea what it is even going to look like. Like what format? Like how are they going to do promos? There’s so many fun things to just as a fan, sit and watch and see. Exciting stuff, man.”