NXT Insider Axed
In late June, WWE began the weekly NXT Insider online series, which served as a preview for the upcoming NXT broadcast on the WWE Network. On late Wednesday afternoon, host Cathy Kelley revealed the short program was indeed short-lived.
NXT Insider’s quick cancelation comes as numerous cuts were made in the company, from the usage of pyro and smoke and select WWE Network programming such as Talking Smack and Unfiltered’s cancelations. The NXT preview series did not have as many views compared to other WWE YouTube videos. In a little more than a month, the very first NXT Insider episode only attracted less than 94,000 views as of August 10.
While NXT Insider is no more, WWE did start a much more brief SmackDown Live preview video this week with Kelley.
Jon Jones At SummerSlam?
During the past month, WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar has been heavily rumored to make a return to the UFC. The rumors increased to a new level when his upcoming SummerSlam title match had a new stipulation: If Lesnar loses, he leaves WWE. One possible UFC opponent for Lesnar is Jon Jones, even WWE Hall of Famer and RAW commentator Booker T commented on the potential match, despite the weight difference. For Jones, however, he may be interested in fighting Lesnar.
In response to someone’s question, asking if he’s showing up at SummerSlam, at least ringside in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, Jones said the idea has crossed his mind.
He tweeted on Wednesday:
It's crossed my mind https://t.co/xlnbywH1y2
— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 9, 2017
Perhaps capitalizing on the mainstream hype, WWE released a new video featuring Cathy Kelley about Jones.
WWE SummerSlam is on Sunday, August 20, on the WWE Network with a special start time of 7 p.m. EDT. The SummerSlam Kickoff show also has a special start time of 5 p.m. EDT.