As WWE is negotiating television rights deals for all it’s brands, NXT will have a new home in 2024.
We had already learned that SmackDown would be on the move, leaving FOX for a return to the USA Network.
Now, according to WWE themselves, the junior brand of the company is going to call The CW Network home as of October of next year.
According to sources, while no hard financial terms have been revealed, this deal is expected to bring in the most money for NXT television rights ever.
That news does not come as a surprise.
The black and gold brand has been on a nice run lately. While many may miss the “good old days” where we got shows that regularly bested RAW and SmackDown, this current gen is pretty good on its own.
Shawn Michaels is doing good work.
It is believed that boosting the TV rights deal price was at least partly behind the motivation to have big name Superstars spend significant time on the black and gold brand.
NXT Will Have A New Home In 2024
The move is a really big shift, all things considered.
In recent reports, NWA and The CW were said to be closing in on a deal of their own that would apparently include a reality show as well as the wrestling component.
To be honest, some reports last month believed that NWA to The CW was a done deal.
There were some whispers that a recent angle on an NWA event involving drug use caused network executives to walk away from the deal, though that has not been confirmed.
What would be interesting to see is if the deal with NXT and CW will give us an NXT-themed reality show, since that was planned for NWA.
Regardless of terms and conditions, NXT joins SmackDown with a new broadcast home (literally the first time the black and gold brand will be off cable).
Now, we wait to see if USA will retain RAW, or if that too will have a new home.