In WWE, in recent weeks, as in the whole world of pro-wrestling in general, there has been a lot of talk about the great scandal that has emerged in the last period, with several professional wrestlers who have been accused by several more or less famous women, of having abused them, with some important wrestlers such as Matt Riddle, who now really risk a lot for their career.
One of the rosters said to suffer the worst repercussion of this situation, given the devastating problems received with the pandemic which in the UK was much stronger than other European regions, is that of NXT UK, which has also seen the cancellation of the latest tapings, due to the impossibility of many athletes and employees of the federation crew to take part.
Both Ligero and Travis Banks were released from WWE NXT UK. They were both had varying allegations come out about them as part of the recent wave of allegations.
Is WWE closing down NXT UK brand?
There is a rumor floating around online that WWE is cancelling their NXT UK brand.
Alex McCarthy of Talk Sport got on Twitter and cleared up this rumor. Alex McCarthy took to Twitter, stating “I’m also told WWE is not looking at cancelling NXT UK in the short term/near future. Pretty emphatically, too”.
Gary Cassidy added, “A couple of weeks ago, I was told there’s a tentative plan to tape empty arena shows within roughly two months,” Obviously the tapings situation relies heavily on Government guidance, which is the major reason why NXT UK tapings ground to a halt while RAW, SmackDown and NXT in the US didn’t.
Things could change. As far as I know, they haven’t yet. During the lockdown, NXT UK stars have been participating in online acting seminars, as well as “Skull Sessions”, utilizing video calling to analyze matches with NXT UK’s training staff, including NXT General Manager William Regal.
The show had its first tapings in August 2018, and the premiere episode of NXT UK aired 17 October 2018. Starting October 31 with the third and fourth episodes, new episodes were premiered in a doubleheader format each week.
On 12 January 2019, the first live special episode of NXT UK aired, called NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool. Beginning with the 16 January episode, NXT UK returned to airing one episode each week. In September 2019, Triple H stated that NXT UK was the second most-watched programme on the WWE Network, behind NXT.
In October 2019, the show moved to Thursdays. Beginning on 2 January 2020, NXT UK began airing on BT Sport. On 21 January 2020, it was announced that NXT UK will also be airing on the Paramount Network every Wednesday and later on Channel 5.