Following WWE’s deal with FOX to start airing SmackDown Live
on the network from October, there have been rumblings that we may see
NXT air on FS1. And now, there’s an interesting twist in that particular tale.
Previous online reports claimed that NXT may end up airing
on FS1 on Wednesday nights in a move that would see the black and gold brand
going head-to-head with AEW's weekly show on TNT.
According to Dave Meltzer, if a deal is indeed struck up to
have NXT land on FS1, WWE is planning to use Raw and SmackDown talent on its
A recent FOX meeting saw the idea of NXT on FS1 discussed as
a possibility, and having NXT going up against AEW’s weekly product could be a
great move all round. For the smart wrestling fans, it gives them a genuinely
tough choice of which product to watch live, and for AEW and WWE it could
provide a sense of genuine, weekly competition.
Right now, this is all irrelevant until WWE and FOX decide
to pull the trigger on any such NXT/FS1 arrangement, and there is also one particularly hefty
hurdle in the way of this ever being able to happen.
Currently, the buzz is that AEW’s weekly TNT show will air
on a Wednesday night – possibly launching on October 2nd – and the issue here
for FOX is that FS1 already has Big East College Basketball taking up that
Wednesday night slot when in-season.
The idea of NXT and AEW going head-to-head is definitely something
that could be a shot in the arm for the wrestling world – and if WWE decides to
having some select big-name main roster talents involved in NXT in a limited capacity, that would
certainly be a major shot fired at All Elite Wrestling.