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WWE's NXT to go head-to-head with All Elite Wrestling

AEW stars had some interesting reactions to the news.

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WWE's NXT to go head-to-head with All Elite Wrestling
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Is this the start of the Wednesday Night Wars? WWE recently announced that it’s moving NXT to the USA Network beginning Sept. 18, putting it head-to-head with All Elite Wrestling.

NXT, used to promote up-and-coming WWE talent, has been pre-taped and aired on the WWE Network for years. With the new move, it will be a live two-hour show starting at 8 p.m. That’s the same time AEW will be on TNT starting Oct. 2.

Did Vince McMahon and Co. do this intentionally to pull viewers away from AEW? It’s hard to tell, but wrestling fans have certainly been fanning the flames of another potential wrestling war. It’s been more than 20 years since WWE had any legitimate competition (sorry TNA, you just didn’t cut it).

The fans aren’t the only ones reacting to the news, as wrestling stars have made their opinions known on social media. Chris Jericho, former WWE champion who will face Adam “Hangman” Page on Aug. 31 in a bout to crown the inaugural AEW champ, implied AEW’s rising popularity caused Vince to make the move.


He also wasn’t the only AEW star to make a statement, as tag team The Young Bucks made their feelings known in a blunt tweet.


Perhaps one of the most interesting tweets came from AEW star Britt Baker, who is dating current NXT Champion Adam Cole (Bay Bay).


Their dinnertime conversations will surely be interesting.

Of course, WWE officials are framing this as a way to expose the young NXT wrestlers to a wider audience. Triple H, who once called AEW a “piss ant company,” had this to say:


Competition is always good for business, and it’ll be interesting to see which promotion wins the ratings war in the early weeks.

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