– As previously reported, the move for NXT to the USA Network is now official, with the debut slated for next month. However, the original rumors stated that FOX Sports 1 was going to be the new broadcast home for NXT. Instead, WWE ultimately decided to pick NXT for a number of reasons, specifically because USA is seen as the more traditional home for wrestling and WWE, along with a broadcast fee payout that could be up to $50 million a year or more. But how does FOX feel about this decision? Dave Meltzer discussed the issue on today’s edition of the Wrestling Observer Radio, that was released before WWE made the USA Network move official.
Apparently, FOX officials involved with the deal had already informed affiliates that NXT was moving to FS1 before the deal was complete. Of course, McMahon and WWE later made a broadcast deal with USA Network for NXT.
Meltzer read a listener question asking how much Vince McMahon going with USA Network for NXT hurt his standing with FOX. According to Meltzer, FOX officials “went so far as to tell affiliates that they were probably going to have it [NXT].” He added, “And not getting it, yeah, there’s egg on their face to a degree. It’s private egg, you know what I mean? Like they didn’t announce it publicly. But they definitely — It’s not something that they’re probably happy with, but time will tell.”
NXT will debut on the USA Network on Wednesday, September 18. It will expand to two hours. Meanwhile, AEW will debut at the same timeslot on TNT starting Wednesday, October 2.