According to Sportskeeda and as reported by Fightful, NXT India could begin airing on the WWE Network as soon as January 26 – India’s Republic Day.
Late last week, Inside the Ropes reported that WWE were deep into the development of their NXT India brand after renewing their relationship with Sony India which included the rights to all WWE television products as well as developmental deals for stars from the country.
The deal included the rights to NXT India which was said to be launching in January with an 8-Man Tournament to crown the inaugural NXT Indian Champion, before the brand kicked-off properly with a weekly television show.
Now, reports circulate that not only could the brand hit screens around the world just days before the 2021 Royal Rumble – allowing the company to highlight a few stars among the entrants – but the origin of the show may be taped at WWE’s Capitol Wrestling Center instead of in India.
While giving it the same feel as NXT and 205 Live may not help it stand-out on its own – one of the reasons NXT UK was a success was because of its unique look, being taped in older buildings around the United Kingdom – it is said that the company may be forced to record the inaugural shows in the States thanks to current travel restrictions which prevent WWE crew travelling to India.
As per the report, NXT India is expected to feature former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, Sunil and Samir Singh, Jeet Rama as well as lesser known names of Indus Sher, Gurvinder Singh, Sukhwinder Grewal and Laxmi Kant Rajpoot who were all successful signees from the promotion’s Mumbai tryouts.
Along with NXT India, WWE also hope to launch a Performance Center in the country by 2022.
NXT India is just one in a long line of NXT projects WWE will roll out worldwide, with the next target being NXT Asia which is said to be replacing the talked about NXT Japan, bringing Japanese, Chinese and Singapore talent together under one roof.