Recently, we let you know that yet another change is coming to NXT with Vince McMahon who is making the brand take a different path, although for now there is no 100% certain confirmation. In fact, the show managed by Triple H should return to record its episodes instead of doing them live, after NXT TakeOver 36 which will be on August 22, 2021.
The news was made by Bryan Alvarez: “The NXT recording schedule may be temporary, but for sure they will record several episodes after TakeOver." USA Network higher-ups are allegedly disappointed with WWE's recent decisions, most notably the release of 12 NXT stars.
WWE made another set of releases this past Friday when a dozen wrestlers from the black and gold brand were given their marching orders. Bobby Fish, Bronson Reed, Desmond Troy, Jake Atlas, Kona Reeves, Leon Ruff, Mercedes Martinez, Ari Sterling, Asher Hale, Giant Zanjeer, Tyler Rush, Zechariah Smith and referee Stephon Smith were the latest names to receive the dreaded call.
USA Network higher-ups are allegedly disappointed with...
Broadcasting NXT in the United States is the USA Network, which is also involved in broadcasting Raw for the main roster. Apparently, the situation for them is not the best with this decision to record the episodes.
This was reported by Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men Pro Wrestling podcast, who said the network executives are not happy that WWE wants to pre-record so many episodes of NXT. These are his words: "I spoke to a contact from USA Network about the rumors that NXT will return to the recorded shows."
And this contact would have replied: "A recorded show is not what we paid for." Subsequently, the reporter also pointed out an important thing: “However this is not a confirmation that NXT will be registered.
That's just what they told me when I asked about this rumor." NXT found itself, during the Olympics, having to pre-record two episodes as an extraordinary event precisely in order not to have any kind of problem with the broadcast during the sports competition.
If the recordings were to become the normality for the yellow-black brand then everything would be different, not so much for the home audience, but for the two parties involved, namely the WWE and the USA Network. Reed was a former NXT North American Champion who seemed set for the main roster, while Ruff was also a former NA Champion.
Tyler Rust had just debuted as part of the much-hyped Diamond Mine and Mercedes Martinez was considered one of the biggest female talents on the roster.