On today’s installment of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer was asked during their mailbag segment about NXT being broadcast on the USA Network next Wednesday and if this meant there was a possibility of NXT replacing one of the three hours of RAW each week.
Meltzer says that WWE has no plans to replace a third hour of RAW with NXT. He did however indicate that there is always a chance that NXT could become the third WWE Show to air on Wednesday Night.
This Wednesday’s airing of NXT on The USA Network is said to be a “one-shot” deal. But if the show does good numbers Wednesday, WWE probably wouldn’t turn down a deal from the USA Network if they were to offer it. Meltzer went on to say that for a long time the USA Network was against having a second night of WWE programming airing weekly with SmackDown Live. The belief now is that their opinion may have changed with the network lacking any real hit show. He feels that the USA Network may be okay with adding more wrestling to their programming line-up to make up for the lack of ratings across the board.
Meltzer continues to explain further that next Wednesday’s show is an important one, and that the ratings will directly influence the USA Network’s decision as to whether or not they want to add a third wrestling show to their weekly program schedule. Meltzer goes on to say that the 7 pm time slot isn’t exactly the best and that the show would probably do better at 10 pm instead.
It will be interesting to see how WWE and The USA Network decide to promote and advertise the show. It is expected that the Kassius Ohno vs. Johnny Gargano match taped last week will be the main event.
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