The move of NXT to USA Network got a lot of former NXT stars excited to see their fellow co-workers get the platform to showcase their abilities in front of a much-wider television audience every week.
Mauro Ranallo, the man who – with a lot of passion – calls the NXT action every week, confirmed he will still be behind the mic once NXT moves live. “I had the honor of being part of the first #SmackDownLive broadcast on @USA_Network. I am even more excited to be part of the @WWENXT broadcast team with @McGuinnessNigel & @TheBethPhoenix on USA! WE’LL DO IT LIVE,” a seemingly very excited Ranallo wrote.
Former NXT champion Shinsuke Nakamura said that he came to WWE as an NXT star and he just wanted wanted to spread a message of art through wrestling. “Very excited for all,” he added.
Roman Reigns, who spent a few years down in developmental with FCW and then NXT, acknowledged the long time he spent “in the trenches” with his fellow stars in NXT. “From armories to the main event of #WrestleMania, we’ve come along way. And we’ll always be @WWENXT,” Reigns wrote.
John Cena doesn’t spend much time on WWE television lately but he still follows regardless. “A long step away from ‘developmental system down in Florida.’ From the first #NXTArRIVAL on @WWENetwork to a weekly television show on @USA_Network. Congratulations to @WWE and @WWENXT!”
Two members of the Four Horsewomen and former NXT Women’s champions Bayley and Charlotte Flair also chimed in on the exciting announcement. “I’m jealous. But mostly so proud of @WWENXT and how far it’s come. Here’s to the future,” Bayley wrote, while Flair added, “I remember my first #NXT live event and having 10 people in attendance. Very proud to have been a part of #NXT and now watching it Takeover on USA!”
AEW stars also had a positive word about their upcoming competition. Britt Baker, who happens to be also the real-life girlfriend of NXT champion Adam Cole, posted a photo with both having a bad hair day writing, “Battle of the messy buns and Wednesday nights.”
Shawn Spears, who spent a lot of time in NXT as Tye Dillinger, said that it’s a wonderful thing to see options for wrestlers, but it’s even more beautiful when there are options for the audience. “Watch whatever the hell you want…but ENJOY professional wrestling. Congratulations to all!”
And lastly, Chris Jericho added, “Congrats to @WWENXT for making the big move to the @USA_Network! Runners always race faster when somebody is right behind them. Gonna be fun to see which team the world decides to join!”