It was reported yesterday that the NXT TakeOver schedule for 2020 would be very different to that of 2019.
Firstly, instead of a pre-Royal Rumble TakeOver show, we are going to be getting a Worlds Collide tournament, like the one held last year at both Royal Rumble and WrestleMania Axxess.
According to PWInsider, the NXT TakeOver schedule would be released in the near future, which has led to speculation that WWE is waiting to see AEW’s plans for 2020 so that it can book NXT shows for the same nights.
Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer put forward this theory.
“I do not know that this is happening. I only know that they are re-vamping NXT and it’s no longer going to be the Saturday night before these [pay-per-view] shows and AEW’s not going to be doing pay-per-views on the same day as WWE. That’s part of their strategy to avoid those weekends.”
AEW PPVs cost $5o to watch on B/R Live in the US, so if WWE was to promote an NXT show on the same night on the WWE Network which costs $9.99, it could be enough to convince fans to watch the yellow and black brand.
Without sounding bitter, it is exactly the sort of thing that WWE would do, and then pretend that they were completely unaware of AEW’s schedule and that it’s all just a big coincidence.