WWE NXT is preparing for the end of the year, and that includes Deadline on December 9th. NXT fans have been on quite ride in 2023, and 2024 will see the brand move to The CW in October. The end of the year will be quite interesting for the NXT brand as well.
The headlining match at Deadline will be WWE NXT Champion Ilja Dragunov facing Baron Corbin. Additionally, the Men’s Iron Survivor Challenge includes Dijak, Trick Williams, Josh Briggs, Bron Breakker, and an opponent yet to be determined. Simultaneously, the Women’s Iron Survivor Challenge features Tiffany Stratton, Lash Legend, Blair Davenport, Kelani Jordan, and another yet-to-be-announced participant. After that premium live event is over, the NXT brand will be very busy the next week, but then they will get a break.
Sean Sapp noted behind Fightful’s paywall that WWE is going to give their NXT brand a little break in December. They will have a live episode on Tuesday, December 12th, but then they will tape the next two weeks’ worth of shows on Wednesday, December 13th.
There is a live taping on December 12th, double taping on the 13th
This means that WWE NXT on December 21st and December 28th will be taped. They are not only getting a break for Christmas, but the brand will not have another live episode for the rest of 2023, as their next taping will be on January 5th, 2024.
We will have to see how those pretaped episodes do in terms of viewership. Pretaped shows doesn’t historically kill viewership for NXT, but there are a lot of other things going on around the holidays that could distract from tuning into NXT on Tuesday nights.
The December 5th episode of WWE NXT will be the go-home episode leading up to Deadline, there will be two Last Chance qualifiers for the Iron Survivor Challenge. These qualifiers will involve Kiana James, Roxanne Perez, Fallon Henley, Thea Hail, Carmelo Hayes, Eddy Thorpe, Joe Coffey, and Tyler Bate.
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