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NXT on USA Network, 205 Live, New Casino Battle Royale Entrant & PROGRESS Chapter 94 News | Wrestling News Update, 20th August 2019

With full details on NXT moving to USA Network, the future of 205 Live and more news on All Elite Wrestling and PROGRESS, Matt Booker runs down the days big stories in the Wrestling News Update.

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WWE CONFIRMS NXT USA NETWORK MOVE

WWE confirmed today that NXT would be moving to the USA Network and that the shows would be coming live from Full Sail University. Click here to read our full story.

WWE NETWORK/NXT UPDATE

For the last four years, NXT has aired on a Wednesday on the WWE Network, with the show now moving to the USA Network and in a live format, things had to change. The USA Network would not tolerate competition from the WWE Network, meaning that the WWE Network showing of the promotion would have to shift to a non-competitive time slot. WWE confirmed today that NXT will now be shown on a Thursday on the WWE Network, with it becoming available from 8/7C. Vince clearly wants to grow and expand the brand, and it is no coincidence that the show will be in direct competition with AEW when it launches its weekly television show. Speaking of the change, Vince McMahon, WWE CEO was quoted as saying:

“The move to USA Network provides an opportunity to deepen our relationship with NBCUniversal and further build the NXT brand. Over the long term, our goal is to develop a following that can be monetized to the same level as our flagship programs, Raw and SmackDown.”

SPECULATION OF 205 LIVE’S IMMINENT DIMISE

Dave Meltzer has recently spoken on Wrestling Observer Radio about the future of WWE programming in general, but especially 205 Live. Unfortunately Dave paints a bleak picture. Dave said that there has been talk of SmackDown running for three hours recently. While the first two hours are being saved for SmackDown, the third hour was supposed to be for 205 Live, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Dave said that some people at WWE see the show as a failure, these same people want to do away with the show all together.

Meltzer speculated that the third hour could be filled with an hour of wrestling to go with the weekly FS1 studio show, or even to a one hour show already on the WWE Network.

AEW RELEASE INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR TAG TOURNAMENT

With the Young Bucks promising to promote the tag division as heavily as the singles titles, many are hoping the fledgeling promotion delivers on their promises. While the promotion has undoubtedly signed some of the biggest tag team in the industry, details on the actual tag division have been few and far between. So far we know that the winners of the Best Friends (Trent Barreta and Chuck Taylor) and the Dark Order (Evil Uno and Stu Grayson) at All Out will receive a first-round bye in the tournament. We also know that the Young Bucks are taking on Private Party during episode two as a first-round match.

Earlier today AEW announced that the Semi-finals of their tag tournament to crown the inaugural champions will be held at the Peterson Events Center, in Pittsburgh. The venue was only announced yesterday as hosting the fourth episode of the AEW television show.

AEW ADDS TO ALL OUT’S CASINO BATTLE ROYALE

Earlier today AEW announced that Big Swole would be joining the Casino Battle Royale at All Out at the end of the month.

Big Swole is also known as Ariel Monroe, she started wrestling in 2015 for Queens of Combat, making her WWE debut the very next year, losing to Nia Jax in a squash match live on RAW. It would take her two years to get back to the WWE, competing in the Mae Young Classic 2018, losing again, this time to Zeuxis.

Monroe has worked for a huge number of companies, competing for 13 different companies already in just 2019. The list includes Rise, Shimmer, Smash, Battle Club Pro, and Shine.

AUSSIE OPEN VS DNR ANNOUNCED FOR PROGRESS CHAPTER 94

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Progress Wrestling announced today that Aussie Open (Kyle Fletcher and Mark Davis) would face Do Not Resuscitate. The match would decide the number one contenders to GYV’s Progress Tag Team Championship. Chapter 94 is set to be held on the 25th of August and will be host by the Electric Ballroom, Camden.

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