It appears that WWE is looking to cut back on how many NXT live events they run each year starting in 2020.
It’s been known for years that WWE doesn’t make a profit on the local house shows in the Florida area as those shows only draw a few hundred fans. These events are used to help the young talent get more experienced without it airing on weekly television.
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE is considering cutting back on the number of NXT live events they run next year in the state.
It was noted that WWE is looking to cut down on Thursday shows since they draw the fewest fans and the belief based on one person familiar with the local Florida scene cited that the reason for that is due to the local burnout.
This past year, WWE live event attendance has been down including NXT as in the third quarter of 2019, WWE held 42 NXT events in the quarter with a paid attendance of 29,000 and an average ticket price of $38.20.
The prior year saw the company run 46 events with a paid attendance of 37,600 and an average ticket price of $39.50 in the third quarter. Thus, attendance has fallen 23% from the prior-year quarter.
As noted, WWE has considered holding weekly NXT TV events outside of Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida starting next year in bigger venues but WWE has events at Full Sail University listed for the month of January.