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NXT Moving to USA Network?
The biggest news of the weekend is a report that NXT will be moving to the USA Network. PWInsider is reporting (h/t WrestlingInc) that the plan is to move NXT to two hours long, airing live on USA network. Another pitch has been for NXT to alternate live and taped episodes week to week.
This would put NXT in direct competition to AEW’s show on TNT. With SmackDown Live moving to Fox in October, this would give USA another night of WWE programming.
FS1 was also an option for NXT. However, FS1’s commitment to Big East College Basketball has made USA a more viable home as it won’t be preempted as often. An announcement on NXT’s future is expected as early as this week.
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King Of The Ring Matches This Week
WWE’s King of the Ring kicks off this week. The 16-man tournament begins with two matches on both Raw and SmackDown Live this week.
On the Raw side, Cedric Alexander will battle Sami Zayn. The other matchup sees a pair of hard hitters square off: Samoa Joe and Cesaro.
On SmackDown Live, two familiar foes will face off when Kevin Owens battles Elias. The final King of the Ring matchup this week will have Apollo Crews battle Andrade.
— WWE (@WWE) August 17, 2019
Another match has been announced for SmackDown Live as well. Buddy Murphy will face Daniel Bryan in a continuation of the “who attacked Roman Reigns” storyline.
— WWE (@WWE) August 18, 2019
NXT Stars At Progress
Four NXT stars are going to be at Progress Chapter 95 in a massive tag match. WWE NXT announced on Twitter that Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven and Tyler Bate) will make their way back to Progress for the show. Their opponents will be Matt Riddle and Keith Lee.
It'll be @WWENXT vs. @NXTUK when @SuperKingofBros & @RealKeithLee team up to face #MoustacheMountain @Tyler_Bate & @trentseven at PROGRESS Chapter 95: Still Chasing on Sunday, Sept. 15! @ThisIs_Progress https://t.co/eO7KVr3CUI pic.twitter.com/NI5HdpZRqQ
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) August 17, 2019
Progress 95: Still Chasing happens September 15 in London, England. WALTER is scheduled to defend the Progress World Championship against David Starr on the card. As well, Pete Dunne is scheduled to appear.