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NXT Programming Set For Major Changes Following TakeOver

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The big changes that have been rumoured for NXT could be on their way imminently with a new report highlighting a major shift in the taping schedule for the brand.

On August 6th it was reported by Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful that numerous NXT Superstars including Bronson Reed, Mercedes Martinez and Bobby Fish had been released by WWE.

Following the news, a new report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider has attempted to shed some light on the releases. Johnson notes that there have been lots of talks internally about NXT undergoing major changes. This reportedly includes a new logo, new lighting, a focus on younger talents and a different format to the TV shows. The report closes by saying that the latest round of releases appear to be part of those changes.

There has been major speculation on the future of NXT with a shift in focus supposedly set to take place with bigger, younger competitors being favoured as the black and gold brand apparently returns to a purer developmental brand for WWE.

Bryan Alvarez reported on Wrestling Observer Live that one of these changes that hadn’t been mentioned previously is a return to taped shows rather than NXT airing live on the USA Network.

Alvarez added that the plan to tape shows ahead of time could be temporary but as of now tapings are set to take place on Mondays and Tuesdays immediately after NXT TakeOver: 36 which takes place on Sunday, 22nd of August.

NXT first began airing on the USA Network on Wednesday nights after several successful years airing on the WWE Network in September 2019, just a few weeks before AEW Dynamite debuted on the same night on TNT. Fans of both companies harked back to the late nineties with this new version of ‘Wednesday Night Wars’ as the two shows went head to head. NXT changed tact after WrestleMania 37, moving their show to Tuesday nights. Since then AEW Dynamite has been able to garner over a million viewers several weeks in a row on Wednesdays.