WWE is going to see some of their television programming being reshuffled. NBC Universal is the home of Monday Night Raw and NXT 2.0. The TV giant also has the rights to broadcast this year’s Winter Olympics. That means Raw and NXT will be getting temporary bumps to Syfy while the Olympics are broadcast on USA.
NXT has a major event planned during that time. The Olympics run from February 4 until February 20th. The Vengeance Day special event is scheduled for February 15. That means several huge matches are likely to air on the Syfy network, which has a much smaller viewership and reach than USA.
WWE seems to be going forward with their plans. There could be some changes to maximize the number of eyes on certain matches. Dave Meltzer talked about what WWE is looking to do in the latest Wrestling Observer Radio.
“[WWE programming] probably get hurt going against the Olympics, because they’re moving to Syfy. Originally, it was going to be two weeks. The first week against the Olympics. Now, the first week, it’s definitely [on] Syfy. The second week, from what I was told today, is to be determined.
When I saw them announcing the NXT special, the Vengeance Day special on February 15, I thought, ‘God, why would you just not wait a week? Why go February 15th when you’re on Syfy for all those big title matches?’ Because, it’s probably going to be Bron Breakker and Escobar and it’s definitely the finals of the Dusty Cup, and probably some of the other title matches they’re building up. Like, you know, whatever it is with the women’s title which might be Kay Lee Ray. Then the women’s tag title which will be Persia Pirotta and Indi Hartwell vs Jacy Jane and Gigi Dolan.
I’m not sure that that will be on that show itself, it will be on TV in the next couple weeks. But, the Dusty Cup finals and the Escobar match I’m pretty sure are going to be Feb 15. So, I was thinking like, ‘Why don’t you just wait a week?’ But, they may be on USA.”
We’ll see how WWE NXT does with the brief move to Syfy. The show has seen several key feuds heating up lately. WWE might decide the lineups are strong enough to air even though the show will be a little harder to find for some fans.
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