It’s been well reported by various media outlets that Vince McMahon wanted to cause what could’ve been a crushing blow to AEW when the news was made official of the rival promotion landing a TV deal with TNT.
Thus, the decision to move NXT off the WWE Network to counter-program AEW was made.
The two shows go head-to-head on the same night and time slot as NXT airs on the USA Network and Dynamite on TNT.
This is something that Ciampa talked about in the interview, which he made known that he wants NXT to win.
“It makes it a little bit more fun. It brings that competitive edge out. I mean have friends over there and I also have people over there I’ve never met or ever shared a ring with. It’s awesome to see, you know, everyone just elevating their game. Everyone just wants it. I don’t know if people say ratings don’t matter… they sure as Hell matter. Like, you want to win.”
He continued, “Now that we’re on USA, we’re doing live TV. There’s just no more ‘yea buts.’ – They’re (NXT roster) doing everything that you would constitute of as a main roster player. I think that’s the main thing, that switch. That developmental like, stink is just gone.”
Ciampa also talked about his SmackDown segment early in his career with The Undertaker, his future in wrestling and more. You can read the entire interview here.