NXT, which currently broadcasts on the USA Network, will be moving to The CW network in October 2024 as part of a five-year deal. This marks the first time since its weekly format launch in 2012 that NXT will air on broadcast television. The show will air weekly throughout the year on The CW.
“Between the new leadership and ownership, the economics of the deal and with their broadcast network now being in over 100 million homes, it became a no brainer to move NXT, one of our signature weekly shows, to the CW,” said Nick Khan, president of WWE.
NXT has emerged as a critical component of WWE’s talent development strategy, with nearly 90% of last year’s WrestleMania participants having honed their skills through the NXT program. Stars like Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, Rhea Ripley, and Charlotte Flair all embarked on their WWE journeys through NXT.
“We are thrilled to welcome the WWE brand into the CW Sports portfolio as they play an integral role in our mission to bring live sporting events to the network year-round,” said Dennis Miller, president of The CW Network. “WWE NXT is a perfect fit for The CW thanks to its dynamic young talent featuring the hottest rising stars in the sport and exhilarating, unpredictable weekly events. The passion and engagement of WWE’s fanbase is unmatched, and we are eager to grow that audience as WWE NXT’s new home on broadcast television.”
The future of WWE’s flagship program “Monday Night Raw” remains uncertain, with its current broadcaster, USA Network, set to lose the rights to the show in October 2024. After three decades on USA Network, “Monday Night Raw” is widely anticipated to move to a new platform next year.