We’re just a couple of weeks away from the official start of arguably the biggest wrestling war in over 20 years, the Wednesday Night Wars between AEW and WWE’s NXT.
Both AEW and NXT will be battling against one another for superiority in the TV ratings war, the first time wrestling fans will witness a war between two brands since the Monday Night Wars between WWE and WCW in the 1990s.
While NXT will begin their live broadcasting on the USA Network later this month, AEW won’t begin their live weekly show on TNT until next month on October 2.
Speaking to IGN, Cody Rhodes revealed how AEW plans to be different from NXT and keep themselves ahead in the Wednesday Night Wars.
To keep it fresh, the executive vice president of AEW said their entire roster isn’t going to be featured on their show each week.
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He said: “We’re going to try and present quality over quantity. Which means that some guys are going to have some time off.
“Which for the life and the well-being of a wrestler is a great thing to hear; that they’re not gong to be, every week, putting themselves in a high-profile singles match.
“That, every week, they’re not going to be in a barn-burner tag. It’s going to be a very different show each week. We’re not going to try and cram everybody on the two-hour show. There’s no participation award here.”
Cody believes as well that WWE moving NXT to the USA Network and broadcasting it out live each week is a reactionary move to AEW’s weekly live show on TNT.
“We can’t pretend that we don’t know that’s happening, but we were always planning our show. And have been for a long while. This isn’t a reactionary move on our part. This is what our intentions were.
“To be on Wednesday nights and to be on a major network with such a great partner like Warner Media and TNT. Our focus is still on providing the best AEW, providing the best alternative.
“We haven’t switched over to ‘Well how can we compete?’ because we already felt like we had a product that people wanted to see.
“We want to provide bell-to-bell sports-centric pro-wrestling. That’s going to mean longer matches. That’s going to mean stories being told between the ropes. That means no invisible camera backstage.
“That’s gonna mean more of a live-sports approach to our product. That’s 100% what we’re doing, so I want to avoid any reactionary elements.
“I loved the Monday Night Wars, I did. And I’m not trying to be naive and ignore a situation where it’s like ‘Hey, if this happens, we’ll have to play this card,’ but I’m just saying I want us to be more about our young and upcoming crop of talent.”
While AEW and NXT will battle it out on Wednesday nights for supremacy, the true winners of the Wednesday Night Wars will be wrestling fans.