AEW opened their doors and planned to debut on October 2nd, 2019 on TNT. WWE really wanted to beat them to Wednesday nights so they put NXT on the USA Network two weeks early. They were in such a rush that only the first hour of the show could be aired on USA Network because of the final two episodes of Royal Pains. Triple H says the way was “imaginary.”
While speaking with Cheap Heat with Peter Rosenberg, Triple H explained that NXT was moved to the USA Network to keep programming consistent. He then went on to speak about the supposed rivalry between All Elite Wrestling and NXT.
“The promotional opportunity for us is much better on a Tuesday and also then not having to have a narrative where it’s just constantly about an imaginary war or this imaginary battle. People can say what they want, but the truth of the matter is you compete against everything.”
“If you are creating a television product or content and that is the world we live in is content not television, not internet. It’s everything. You’re constantly competing for eyeballs and time against everything under the sun, including sleep and time to do other things, and video games, and TikTok and everything else that’s out there.”
“So having your own space where you don’t have to then have an added imaginary battle stacked up against it, it’s kind of nice. The bigger fact is having a lead in from a Tuesday into a Wednesday. When we first started, NXT was on Wednesday’s for viewers of The Network.”
“The transition to USA and wanting to keep that consistency for those that were watching on The Network so they would know where to find it and not have confusion of SmackDown leaving Tuesday’s and people joining in and finding something else.”
“Time has gone by now, and this is a great opportunity for us to have that lead in for Monday Night RAW, get that promotional window for Monday Night RAW, get to Tuesday’s and continue to deliver the product.”
The “war” might have been imaginary, or at least that is what Triple H is claiming now. Fans still saw a real competition between the two companies that is likely going to continue, no matter what night of the week they’re on.