WWE has announced a new NXT brand with “NXT Europe” launching in 2023.
The final NXT UK show will be “Worlds Collide” on September 4th featuring stars from both NXT and NXT UK.
“Following the success of our live events and talent identification efforts throughout all of Europe, we believe this is the perfect time to expand NXT beyond the UK,” said Shawn Michaels, WWE Vice President of Talent Development Creative.
Launched in 2016, NXT UK has received critical acclaim and developed WWE main roster talent such as Rhea Ripley, Doudrop, Gunther and Butch. NXT Europe will reimagine the brand and its talent pipeline with a Pan European focus.
There has been no official word as to why NXT UK is shutting down for the time being, only that two sets of NXT UK TV tapings planned for BT Sport Studios in London were nixed due to coverage of soccer in the same studio.
It was noted that “a lot of uneasiness” on the brand stems from talent concern over the fact that the shows were not moved to a different venue.
NXT UK being taped in Orlando or merged with the NXT Europe could become a reality. Stay tuned to Slice Wrestling for the latest updates.