WWE NXT beat AEW Dynamite handily within the newest Tuesday Night time Struggle, getting revenge for final yr’s defeat on a star-studded NXT.
AEW Dynamite garnered 609,000 whole viewers, down 24% from final week, with a 0.26 ranking within the 18-49 demo. WWE NXT drew 921,000 viewers, up 7.5% from final week, with a 0.30 ranking within the 18-49 demo.
Tuesday evening was the kind of particular night that introduced out the very best in each WWE and NXT, with WWE rolling out the crimson carpet with A-Record expertise for its third model. This wouldn’t be a nationwide wrestling battle with out head-to-head competitors, if not for one evening. In consequence, each NXT and AEW put their greatest foot ahead. Along with the marketed large names, most important roster stars LA Knight, Shotzi and even Jade Cargill additionally made shock appearances. AEW relied on skilled wrestling towards NXT’s star-studded selection present, and predictably, they went down in flames.
The petty back-and-forth between WWE and AEW started lengthy earlier than both present went on the air. Starting final week, WWE wasted no time hyping most important roster stars as John Cena, Paul Heyman, Cody Rhodes, Asuka and WWE NXT champion Becky Lynch have been all marketed for the present, which might air commercial-free in its first half-hour. WWE then opted to swing its sledgehammer on the AEW ant farm by teasing The Undertaker.
Not one to take this battle mendacity down, AEW Dynamite loaded its present with a Title Tuesday the place a number of AEW championships have been on the road. Title Tuesday additionally featured Edge’s debut and answered NXT’s half-hour of commercial-free programming with “no less than” half-hour of commercial-free programming of its personal. Moreover, each corporations introduced an overrun. To get a soar on WWE, Tony Khan introduced ROH world champion and NJPW Robust champion Eddie Kingston towards Minoru Suzuki half-hour earlier than Dynamite went on the air.
WWE NXT vs. AEW Dynamite Rankings
- AEW Dynamite Complete Viewership | 609,000
- AEW Dynamite 18-49 Viewership | 0.26
- WWE NXT Complete Viewership | 921,000
- WWE NXT 18-49 Viewership | 0.30
Some followers and media insist that the Tuesday Struggle Doesn’t matter. It’s just one evening, and within the grand scheme of issues, Tuesday’s scores could have no bearing on WWE or AEW’s enterprise.
What a foolish factor to say.
In fact it issues. Simply because we reside in a 24-hour information cycle, the place tales get washed away sooner than a TNT Title reign, doesn’t imply there’s no level in protecting them. There’s a purpose Tuesday Night time Struggle hype has dominated social media and wrestling gossip web sites. There’s a purpose AEW President Tony Khan doing his greatest Elon Musk impression by trolling the opposition on Twitter. The wrestling media covers the product on a day-to-day foundation, and the large information of the day or week dictates that protection.
WWE NXT vs. AEW within the Tuesday Night time Struggle is the most important wrestling story of the week bar none. The truth that Tuesday Night time Struggle discourse is so ubiquitous tells you the way a lot it issues. So what if no person shall be speaking about this three weeks from now? By that metric, most wrestling tales don’t matter and don’t warrant protection. WWE releases have been a giant story once they occurred weeks in the past, but I haven’t seen any Mustafa Ali articles within the weeks since. Is that to say WWE releases didn’t matter? What’s the purpose of every day wrestling protection if most tales don’t matter within the grand scheme of issues? Hilarious.
This week’s main information story resulted in a win for 921,000 as WWE has adversely impacted AEW’s viewership for a 3rd time within the final 4 weeks. NXT No Mercy and WWE Fastlane every went head-to-head towards AEW Collision, resulting in traditionally low viewership for Collision. The September 30 broadcast was the least-watched Collision ever.
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I have been a professional wrestling columnist and video blogger for a number one nationwide sports activities web site since 2010, and previously of Bleacher Report, the place I used to be a WWE columnist an host of the almost 100-episode digital collection WWE WTF. In 2012, I used to be featured in Bleacher Report’s “Why We Watch” documentary discussing the profession of Kurt Angle. I graduated from the College of California, Santa Barbara with a serious in enterprise economics, an emphasis in accounting and a minor in sports activities administration.
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