WWE has struck a deal to move its “NXT” franchise focusing on rising stars to USA Network starting next month.
“NXT” will shift to USA from the WWE Network subscription streaming service as of Sept. 18. The deal comes as USA is about to lose WWE’s “SmackDown” showcase to Fox starting in October. USA is also the home of WWE’s “Raw.” USA is adding the Wednesday night showcase as the WWE faces new challenges from upstart wrestling leagues including TNT’s plan to launch a weekly showcase for All Elite Wrestling on Oct. 2.
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“The move to USA Network provides an opportunity to deepen our relationship with NBCUniversal and further build the ‘NXT’ brand,” said Vince McMahon, WWE chairman-CEO. “Over the long term our goal is to develop a following that can be monetized to the same level as our...