A top WWE name has denied that a recently announced NXT event was scheduled to go head-to-head with an upcoming AEW event.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani for BT Sport, Shawn Michaels addressed the reason that NXT Battleground would take place on the same night as AEW Double or Nothing.
With both set for May 28, Michaels explained the rationale, dismissing the idea that it was just to go head-to-head, saying:
“No, no. Look, I’ll say this, from a holiday standpoint, that’s the thing. In the past, we’ve done well on the holidays.
“It’s my understanding that’s why we did that. It’s not different than, we used to do stuff back in the day on Christmas and on Thanksgiving.
“Holidays are always big days. That’s what this is for us.
“We’re live on Peacock. Basically, sort of free. From my standpoint, it’s just the date was available. The holiday does really well for us.”
The holiday in question is Memorial Day weekend, which has been when AEW held Double or Nothing since 2019.
The announcement for NXT Battleground was, as noted by Fightful, made during a press conference that hadn’t been previously announced.
The WWE press conference reportedly took place at the same time as Tony Khan’s ROH Supercard of Honor media call.
Transcript from Fightful.
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