Along with the upcoming draft that we talked about for October, there are also plans to call people up from NXT.
Yes, even though NXT is moving to the USA Network, Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that instead of treating NXT as a third major league brand, they will still move wrestlers from there to Raw or SmackDown.
The next draft is scheduled for next month and it will take place on two nights with one draft show on SmackDown and the other on Raw. There’s been no mention of a draft night for NXT.
As previously noted, while many fans have expressed concern about Vince McMahon getting involved with NXT, Triple H has told people that things will remain the same without McMahon being hands on.
We don’t know yet how the 2 hours every week will affect the show but it looks like there will be bigger match ups every week instead of filling the show with squash matches.
WWE has already announced that Velveteen Dream will defend the North American Championship against Roderick Strong on the 9/18 episode, the first show on USA. Also on that same show, The winner of Io Shirai vs. Bianca Belair vs. Mia Yim will wrestle Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at a future show. I would presume that the title match will be on October 2nd, the first NXT show that will go head-to-head with AEW on TNT.
If you are a long-time NXT fan and enjoy the current product, then maybe excluding that brand from the draft is a good thing but it has to be frustrating for Triple H knowing that his top talent can be moved away to Raw or SmackDown whenever Vince McMahon feels like calling someone up.