WWE’s NXT brand is set to deliver Battleground this Sunday, and AEW is preparing to put Double or Nothing on pay-per-view as well. Both shows will air on the same night, but this won’t be a trend.
Click here for our complete coverage of Shawn Michaels’ WWE NXT Battleground conference call.
During the NXT Battleground press conference, Shawn Michaels was asked about the possibility of having more conflicts between NXT and AEW running shows at the same time. HBK stated that this instance was not on purpose. He also stated that “to the best of his knowledge,” this kind of thing won’t happen again.
Shawn Michaels was asked if WWE has plans to continue running NXT events to oppose AEW pay-per-views. His reply was that this is not going to be a regular occurrence.
“To the best of my knowledge, no. For me, and for us, the WWE as a whole, as I’m always honest with you guys, clearly there are people far more important than me that make decisions that they don’t tell me about. For us, this was about a big Memorial Day weekend for WWE. Even though it’s a little switched around, for us, it’s a little bit of a throwback to when we would have joint weekends with NXT on Saturday and WWE pay-per-views on Sunday. This is just flip-flopped with Night of Champions on Saturday, especially coming in the afternoon, everyone felt it was a good combination to have NXT on Sunday night and create a big WWE weekend for WWE fans. For me, personally, I would love to have as many standalone weekends on us as we can get. No different than having to go up against the (NBA & NHL) playoffs for the last several weeks. As much as I’m a basketball fan or NHL fan, it thrills me when the playoffs are done. The less competition we can get, the better.”
Shawn Michaels might not want to run NXT Battleground against AEW Double or Nothing, but that is exactly what is happening this Sunday. Pro wrestling fans will either have to make a decision, or figure out a way to have multiple screens going at the same time.
AEW and NXT used to have a war every Wednesday night, but then NXT moved to Tuesdays. AEW might have won that war, but Shawn Michaels isn’t interested in chopping his NXT premium live event viewership in half.
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