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WWE NXT: USA Network executives unhappy with recent talent releases

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It was recently reported that WWE’s NXT brand would be undergoing a major change over the next few weeks and months.

Those behind the scenes at WWE were extremely unhappy at the promotion losing the Wednesday Night War to All Elite Wrestling, who continually defeated NXT every week.

Several NXT Superstars have been released from their contracts over the past couple of weeks, with WWE looking to streamline their developmental brand and focus on younger talent who are big in stature.

Although WWE/Vince McMahon believe this is the right way to go, some executives at USA Network are not happy with what has been happening with the brand.

USA Network Unhappy at WWE decisions

Andrew Zarian of the Mat Men Podcast shared what he has heard from USA Network executives about the talents being released.NBC Universal, the parent company of the USA Network, currently pays for the TV rights to NXT.

“Hearing a lot of chatter from USA Network higher-ranked reps regarding the releases from NXT. ‘Personally I’m disappointed with how this is going’ The perception from many is that these upcoming changes will be negative. Perception means everything especially when you are working with partners who are not pro wrestling fans and don’t have deep knowledge of the talent. In reality are the changes coming to NXT a bad thing? Time till tell.

“Perception means everything” Zarian added. “Especially when you are working with partners who are not pro wrestling fans and don’t have deep knowledge of the talent. In reality, are the changes coming to NXT a bad thing? Time till tell.”

WWE RAW is another property on USA Network, so hearing that there are potentially issues with the relationship between company and network is concerning.

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