Speaking in a new interview, Triple H has been discussing NXT’s move to Tuesday Nights, ending what became known as the Wednesday Night Wars.
For NXT’s debut on Tuesday nights on April 13th, the show pulled in 805,000 viewers before following that up with 841,000 on the most recent episode.
Appearing with Cheap Heat with Peter Rosenberg, Triple H explained how he believes that the move to Tuesdays will benefit NXT, bringing an end to the “imaginary war” with AEW.
“The promotional opportunity for us is much better on a Tuesday and also then not having to have a narrative where it’s just constantly about an imaginary war or this imaginary battle,” Triple H said. “People can say what they want, but the truth of the matter is you compete against everything. If you are creating a television product or content and that is the world we live in is content not television, not internet. It’s everything. You’re constantly competing for eyeballs and time against everything under the sun, including sleep and time to do other things, and video games, and Tik Tok and everything else that’s out there.
“So having your own space where you don’t have to then have an added imaginary battle stacked up against it, it’s kind of nice. The bigger fact is having a lead in from a Tuesday into a Wednesday. When we first started, NXT was on Wednesday’s for viewers of The Network. The transition to USA and wanting to keep that consistency for those that were watching on The Network so they would know where to find it and not have confusion of SmackDown leaving Tuesday’s and people joining in and finding something else. Time has gone by now, and this is a great opportunity for us to have that lead in for Monday Night RAW, get that promotional window for Monday Night RAW, get to Tuesday’s and continue to deliver the product.”
WWE’s Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development, also broke down what his daily schedule looks like. Delving into how COVID-19 has affected how WWE plan around their weekly TV shows, ensuring they have Superstars ready to go if someone becomes unavailable.
“Monday’s and Tuesday’s in Orlando prepping and working on NXT,” Triple H stated. “Now with that being on Tuesday’s on USA, preparation for, getting ready for, production meeting on Mondays. Tuesdays, execution of the show. Wednesday – Thursday in the office pretty much all day, and then Friday’s, fly down, do SmackDown with the team there. COVID created a different template of a scenario of us kind of trying to divide and conquer just in case.
“Never knowing when things were going to get bad or somebody was going to get sick. So we try to have multiple groups of people that could operate and get into different places depending on what was needed. We try to sort of stay away from each other as best we could in case of emergency, but I’ll be in Friday there in Tampa doing SmackDown and everything else. It’s a 24/7 game really. This machine just keeps rolling.”
The most recent episode of NXT saw the highly anticipated debut of Sarray, while Kushida defended his Cruiserweight Title against Oney Lorcan.
You can catch up on all the action from the April 20th edition of the black and gold brand here.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.