Triple H recently spoke with the State Of Combat Podcast where he discussed WWE NXT’s recent move to the USA Network in detail. Below are some highlights with a H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.
How the talent feels about the move:
“This is something that we have been working on for the past year and a half or so, trying to make this move happen and the timing of it. Sometimes these things take a long time, so we needed to be sure about it with taking it and moving it from the WWE Network. But it’s an exciting time,” Hunter said. “The talent are thrilled and in some ways. It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘Oh my God, this is so awesome! We are going to be on cable TV, live every week for two hours.’ And then they go, ‘Oh my God, we are going to be live on cable TV for two hours!’
On NXT becoming a third brand:
“I do see it as a third brand; I have for a while now,” Hunter explained. “I think the perception is starting to become that. When it was at a different location before, being on the WWE Network, there was a smaller viewing audience – a very passionate, but smaller viewing audience, so it was tough to say that it is at the same level. Now, with the move to the USA Network, it very much is. To me, there won’t be any difference live for two hours every week. The quality of the show will speak for itself. I know that the performers of RAW and SmackDown will be watching that show to see what everybody is doing, and if they think they need to up their game, they will do that. And guys in NXT will be watching guys at RAW and SmackDown.