Shawn Michaels Reveals Why WWE NXT Battleground Is Going Head-To-Head With AEW Double Or Nothing
Shawn Michaels’ explains why WWE NXT Battleground and AEW Double or Nothing are going head-to-head
Despite NXT having yet to broadcast their Stand & Deliver 2023 special, the WWE brand are already looking to the future, revealing this week that NXT Battleground will take place on May 28 - the same day as AEW Double or Nothing.
The reveal has raised some eyebrows, as the so-called ‘war’ between NXT and AEW in 2020 ultimately saw AEW emerge triumphant, but NXT head Shawn Michaels insists the move was not a declaration of a renewed war, saying the following to BT Sports’ Ariel Helwani:
"No, no. Look, I'll say this, from a holiday standpoint, that's the thing. In the past, we've done well on the holidays. It's my understanding that's why we did that. It's not different than, we used to do stuff back in the day on Christmas and on Thanksgiving. Holidays are always big days. That's what this is for us. We're live on Peacock. Basically, sort of free. From my standpoint, it's just the date was available. The holiday does really well for us," said Michaels.
The weekend in question is that of Memorial Day in the United States, with Double or Nothing having always been held on that weekend since its inception in 2019.