With yesterday’s confirmation of NXT’s move to Tuesdays, and last week’s news about Impact’s plans, we now know what the post-WrestleMania 37 television & streaming schedule is going to look like.
For an old man like me who used to wait all week for the weekend when I’d get a WWF clip show, it’s an embarrassment of riches. But it also makes you wonder who is going to be able to, or interested in, keeping up with all this...
Monday - AEW Dark: Elevation on YouTube, ROH TV on Fite, WWE Raw on USA
Tuesday - AEW: Dark on YouTube, NWA Powerrr on Fite, WWE NXT on USA
Wednesday - AEW Dynamite on TNT, MLW Fusion on YouTube
Thursday - Impact Wrestling on AXS, New Japan Pro-Wrestling on Roku Channel, WWE NXT UK on Peacock
Friday - NJPW Strong on NJPW World and Fite, WWE SmackDown on FOX, WWE 205 Live on Peacock
Of course, the beauty of it is that you don’t have to “keep up with” all of it. Even if want to keep up with one company, there are on-demand options for most of these things, YouTube highlights, Twitter feeds, and third-party web coverage to rely on.
It will make it harder for a smaller player to stand out, which is a factor in why almost everyone who isn’t WWE is crossing over with others to make their show part of a bigger, more essential whole (a pro wrestling extended universe, if you will).
Lapsed or casual fans may look at that and just throw their hands up in their air. If enough diehards salivate at the prospect of multiple shows to watch every night of the week - and the above doesn’t even include the PPVs and events that fill up most weekends - this could just be the start of even more market saturation.
Let us know what you’re gonna make time for, Cagesiders.