During the mailbag segment of today’s installment of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer was asked about WWE broadcasting NXT next Wednesday on The USA Network and if there was a possibility that this would open the doors to replace the third hour of RAW with NXT matches.
Meltzer said that WWE would not be replacing the third hour of RAW with NXT, however he indicated there is always the chance that NXT could be a third WWE show on Wednesday nights.
Right now, next Wednesday’s airing is a “one-shot” deal. If the show does big numbers, WWE probably wouldn’t turn down a big money deal if The USA Network was to offer them one for the show. Meltzer explained that for the longest time the USA Network didn’t even want a second night of WWE television with SmackDown Live. With the USA Network lacking a hit show, the belief is they are okay with having more wrestling on their television network to make up for the lack of ratings.
The rating for next Wednesday’s show is an important one and will influence any decisions USA may have about bringing on a third show to the network. Meltzer explained that the 7PM time slot isn’t exactly the best slot and they would probably perform a higher rating with a 10 PM slot instead. It will be interesting to see how they promote the show, which is expected to be headlined by the Kassius Ohno vs. Johnny Gargano match.