WWE officially announces NXT move to The CW Network

Nov 7, 2023 - by Colin Vassallo

The CW Network will become the official broadcast home to WWE NXT in October 2024. The five-year agreement marks the first time in its 13-year history that WWE NXT will air on a broadcast television network.

“We are thrilled to welcome the WWE brand into the CW Sports portfolio as they play an integral role in our mission to bring live sporting events to the network year-round,” said Dennis Miller, President, The CW Network. “WWE NXT is a perfect fit for The CW thanks to its dynamic young talent featuring the hottest rising stars in the sport and exhilarating, unpredictable weekly events. The passion and engagement of WWE’s fanbase is unmatched, and we are eager to grow that audience as WWE NXT’s new home on broadcast television.”

“The CW has made impressive moves over the past year with its live sports programming schedule,” said Nick Khan, WWE President. “It’s a truly exciting opportunity to expand NXT’s audience by bringing the show to broadcast television for the first time in NXT’s history.”

WWE NXT joins a growing roster of live sports on The CW Network, including ACC football and basketball games airing every Saturday throughout the season and LIV Golf. The CW is also the new home of the Emmy-award winning weekly studio series “Inside the NFL” and will broadcast NASCAR Xfinity Series beginning in 2025. The network will soon offer more than 500 hours of sports programming year-round.

8 Responses

  1. Kevin H says:

    Corgan really messed things up here with this stupid cocaine angle . With it being on free TV like fox is and with the WWE promotional power behind it , NXT will more then likely get a big boost . I thought Tony Kahn would try and swoop up this deal but I guess not. WWE saw there opportunity and took it .

  2. art123guy says:

    @Kevin H–There’s no way the CW would have taken AEW. There’s too much swearing.

  3. Kevin H says:

    Art1 good point there. They’re have to learn to turn down some of their stuff for sure . Constant blood , the swearing. If Aew wants to progress they “step their game up” as some would say.

  4. What? says:

    If AEW wanted the deal badly enough they could have dropped the “indy show that made it big” vibe they sometimes seem to be going for, just like WWE dropped the Attitude Era to corner the family market. At least now they’ll have an excuse if NXT ends up beating Dynamite in the ratings, and wouldn’t it be wild if NXT even started beating Raw or Smackdown (less likely, but not impossible)?

    Kevin’s right, though – this definitely makes Corgan one of the top contenders for “Jabroni of the Year.” More than anything, WWE seems to be capitalizing on what NWA blew its chance at, pun fully intended. Well, that and all the chaos at The CW causing them to unload all their scripted shows.

  5. Disgruntled Jobber says:

    The CW is a second-tier network that most people don’t even realize comes with their cable or satellite subscriptions. Even WOW turned them down because the network didn’t reach that many homes. At this point, NWA needs to just fold its doors and call it a day. The NWA has been on life support for 30+ years, and it’s time someone pulls the plug. Before Billy disgraces the banner even further.

  6. Stud says:

    Hopefully NWA will still have a tv show on the CW Network.

    WWE and AEW have had crazier questionable gimmicks then a cocaine angle.

  7. Kyle Christie says:

    “this definitely makes Corgan one of the top contenders for “Jabroni of the Year.”
    @What? – Agreed! Although the thing that struck me with this comment was the fact that we are almost at the end of the year again. Where the heck does the time go?!

  8. What? says:

    @Disgruntled: The CW “comes with their cable or satellite subscriptions,” but it also comes over the airwaves as it is a broadcast network. It might be “second-tier” in that its shows don’t get the ratings of Fox or the other broadcast networks, but it’s available in more homes in the U.S. than USA, TBS or TNT. It reaches any home with a TV and an antenna, no subscription required. We agree about NWA, though – it used to be one of the premier American promotions, but now it’s even more of a shell of itself than TNA/Impact.

    @Kyle: Yeah, I was thinking that as I typed it. On the other hand, I’m in retail so I’ve been looking at Christmas decorations for close to two months already. At least I’ve got a week or two before the music starts…

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