WWE NXT's Triple H Talks Counter-Programming AEW Fyter Fest 2020
It's a part of "healthy competition"...
Night two of The Great American Bash 2020 will be broadcast tonight at 1 am BST on BT Sport. Four matches have been announced for the special edition of NXT as Adam Cole and Keith Lee will face off in a Winner Take All match, Breezango and Drake Maverick will take on Legado del Fantasma, Mia Yim and Candice LeRae will look to settle their feud once and for all, and Johnny Gargano will go one on one with Isaiah "Swerve" Scott.
WWE only announced they would be reviving The Great American Bash two weeks ago which gave the impression to many that they only brought back the old pay-per-view to run counter-programming against AEW Fyter Fest 2020. Triple H discussed this during a recent interview with Justin Barrasso at Sports Illustrated and The Game admitted counter-programming "absolutely is part of healthy competition," but he said the main driving force behind the decision was that it was the right time for NXT to run a special show in between TakeOvers.
"It absolutely is part of healthy competition," Triple H said. "Anyone that thinks it isn't, to a degree, is being naive to the situation. You saw that back in the day when Clash of Champions was counter-programming (to WWE's WrestleMania IV in 1988). At the same point, it can't drive your booking decisions.
"Obviously there are counter-programming decisions, but I can tell you exactly how this came about. Almost all of these storylines were headed where they are now. There was a gap, timing wise, between In Your House and what will become the SummerSlam TakeOver, and you need a halfway point and a build. This is that halfway point. So it doesn't change our decision-making process. I don't counter-book, I book what's right for NXT."