More Details on NXT Heading to the CW

11/7/2023 10:55 PM

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More Details on NXT Heading to the CW

More Details on NXT Heading to the CW

November 7, 2023 10:55 PM
More Details on NXT Heading to the CW
WWE News

Will Show Stay on Tuesdays?

It's time for more details on NXT heading to the CW. The rumors that the CW have picked up the rights for NXT are confirmed and the black-and-gold brand will head to the CW in 2024.

The entertainment website Deadline is reporting that NXT will move from the USA Network to the CW in 2024 and:

The network will air 52 live weekly events throughout the season, making NXT the latest addition to the CW’s growing roster of live sports, including ACC football and basketball games airing Saturdays throughout the season, and LIV Golf. The CW is also the new home of weekly studio series Inside the NFL and will broadcast the NASCAR Xfinity Series beginning in 2025. The network said it will soon offer more than 500 hours of sports programming.

H/T Deadline

This is incredible news for the WWE and reflects the WWE's increased success in marketing its product.

Some Major Takeaways

NXT's move to the CW has several benefits including:

  1. NXT will have a bigger potential audience
  2. The WWE has greatly increased its rights fees for a show that only recently began receiving any money for broadcast rights.
  3. It appears any deal with Billy Corgan's NWA appearing on CW is dead.
  4. The only remaining rights deal to negotiate is for RAW

It's currently unknown how much the WWE will receive for NXT but Deadline noted:

Financial terms of the CW’s NXT deal weren’t released but Deadline hears it’s more than double the $15 million a year price tag of the current contract.

Will There Be Any Changes to NXT?

NXT fans may be wondering whether the CW intends to make any changes to the show. For example, will the CW change NXT's rating? Will NXT move to a different night? That's unknown at this point but it's likely to come into focus as the new season nears.

The CW's shift to more sports-oriented programming makes the addition of NXT interesting. Professional wrestling is not a sport but Vince McMahon's classification of it as "sports entertainment" has paid off. WWE Superstars have gained more recognition for their athleticism which makes it easier for entertainment channels and advertisers to place it next to traditional sports programming. Naturally, some traditionalists may scoff anytime wrestling is mentioned in the same sentence as the NBA, NHL, MLB, or the NFL, but it's hard to deny its entry into mainstream culture.

What do you think of this news?

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