WWE confirm NXT and NXT UK joining Raw and SmackDown on BT Sport

WWE has announced NXT and NXT UK will join Raw and SmackDown on BT Sport in the New Year.

The world's largest professional wrestling company has ended a near 30-year partnership with Sky Sports this week.

Its flagship shows, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live, are moving to BT as part of an exclusive multi-year deal.

But until now UK fans were unsure whether they would be able to watch live episodes of WWE's acclaimed third brand, NXT.

It airs every Wednesday night in America on the USA Network – in direct competition with new rival All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

WWE and BT today said NXT will air live in the UK and Ireland for the first time on BT Sport this Thursday, January 2, at 1am.

Weekly one-hour episodes of WWE's British brand, NXT UK, will also air on BT Sport, appearing on our TV screens for the first time.

To celebrate the launch of WWE on BT, a special WWE programming block will air on BT Sport 1 on New Year's Day.

At 8am and 11.30am, BT Sport's acclaimed No Filter crew will give fans a unique behind-the-scenes look at the November 2019 WWE live event tour of the UK.

Former WWE Champion Kofi Kingston's inspirational journey back to his homeland of Ghana is the subject of WWE 24: Kofi Kingston, airing at 8.30am.

WWE 24: Becky Lynch airs at 9.30am and follows Lynch on her path to WWE superstardom with unprecedented behind-the-curtain access, as she becomes a defining face of the Women's Evolution, from her humble beginnings of wrestling in Ireland, to winning the main event at WrestleMania.

John Cena narrates a special presentation of WrestleMania Legendary Moments at 10.30am, giving fans the chance to re-live the most spectacular action from the past 35 years of The Show of Shows.

Simon Green, head of BT Sport, said: "We are looking forward to welcoming WWE to its new home, BT Sport.

"WWE is something that many of us have grown up with and we look forward to bringing the best of BT Sport to WWE, offering UK fans more access and more content than ever before."

Exclusive live coverage of SmackDown will begin at 1am on Saturday, January 4 and Raw at 1am on Tuesday, January 7 on BT Sport 1.

BT Sport will also show primetime, same day repeats of SmackDown, Raw and NXT.

Meanwhile, BT Sport will ensure that fans don't miss a single minute of the entertainment, with customers able to catch up on all the overnight action whenever and wherever they like, via the BT Sport App on mobile.

WWE fans who sign up to select BT Superfast Fibre and BT Sport bundles between Friday, January 10 and Monday, January 27 will receive a WWE Championship Commemorative Title Belt worth up to £180 (while stocks last).

All monthly WWE pay-per-view events will also be available on BT Sport Box Office on BT TV, Sky and Virgin.

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