Same NXT time, different NXT channel. The rise of AEW has changed a lot in the wrestling world, including what WWE has going on. For the first time in almost twenty years, WWE has a high powered company coming after them and while AEW is nowhere near WWE so far, WWE has taken notice and they’re swinging back. As it turns out, they’re doing it more than you might have guessed.

According to PWInsider Elite by way of 411mania.com, WWE may be moving NXT to the USA Network and expanding it to two hours a week, starting on October 2. The date is significant as NXT would be going toe to toe against AEW, which will be airing on the same date and at the same time. At the moment, nothing has been confirmed but a move to cable in one form or another is becoming more and more likely.

NXT might not have this major star. Check out what looked like a farewell for Johnny Gargano:

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Opinion: As a wrestling fan, this is certainly interesting but as an NXT fan, I can’t help but be a bit sad. So much of what makes NXT work is the down to earth presentation of the arena and how everything feels so different from mainstream WWE. If and when this change happens, so much of that is going to go away and it’s just going to be a third WWE brand, which is one of the last things that WWE needs right now.

Where will NXT wind up? What will this do to WWE? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the History Of In Your House.

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