The Wednesday Night Wars between WWE and All Elite Wrestling may not start for another two weeks, but NXT has already made a strong start after going live last night.
Not only did the Orlando-based show switch from being taped to going live, but it's also been doubled in length to a two-hour episode, which is what AEW on TNT will be when it debuts on October 2.
Run by WWE Hall of Famer Triple H, the first live NXT card was loaded with great matches with lots of incentive.
We saw new number-one contenders crowned to the NXT Women's Championship and WWE Cruiserweight Championship in Candice LeRae and a returning Lio Rush, who hadn't been seen since the April 15 episode of Raw.
Also making appearances were the likes of Pete Dunne, who was victorious against Arturo Ruas, and a main event Street Fight between Killian Dain and Matt Riddle descended into absolute chaos, with most of the roster brawling around Full Sail.
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The positives of the night massively outweighed the negatives - which included the WWE Network breaking down for a lot of viewers - and when it was all over, Triple H came out to address the vociferous crowd.
The Game issued a rallying war-cry to the fans, telling them to keep doing what they're doing and help show wrestling fans that NXT is THE brand people need to watch.
HHH wasn't done there though. As he looked to be heading backstage, he took a u-turn and headed down the ramp, embracing the fans - and then he decided to join them.
The sight of a WWE legend and current executive joining the rabid fans in chanting for NXT just shows how passionate Triple H is about his product.
There's a huge sense of positivity surrounding NXT's future, but AEW are no doubt going to have a strong opening show on October 2, and wrestling fans will tune in with a lot of intrigue.
The Game won't be worried though - his troops are ready for a war.News Now - Sport News