Triple H has given his final thoughts as we head into the highly-anticipated Wednesday Night War between WWE's NXT and AEW.
When AEW debut their Dynamite show this Wednesday night, it will officially kick off the Wednesday Night War between themselves and NXT.
Triple H and NXT have been live on the USA Network for a few weeks now, but this week they'll have to compete in the TV ratings against AEW's Dynamite on TNT in the same timeslot on Wednesday nights for the first time.
Ahead of the NXT vs AEW era, The Game has reflected on the Wednesday Night War, once again doubting it will ever be an actual war.
In fact, during an interview with Sporting News, he questions whether or not AEW and their Dynamite show will actually be successful.
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He reemphasised that NXT has been on Wednesday nights since day one and that no matter what else is out there, whether it be AEW or Raw or SmackDown, NXT is always going to try and be the best wrestling show available.
Triple H said: “We have the opportunity five years, in or whatever it is, to stay in our time slot, go to the No. 1 cable channel on television and expand it so there’s more opportunity for everybody, but the goal is the same.
"It doesn’t matter to me if there’s another show on that night. It doesn’t matter to me if there’s somebody else in the space. I’m not concerned with that, especially not yet given the fact that so far, they’ve held four, five shows. And they’ve been great. But they’re one-off shows.
“Fifty-two weeks a year, two hours live every week is a different animal. Totally different animal. So, until that’s started happening and happened for a while, because an immediate splash …
"People have asked me right now, we had tremendous success last week (the Wednesday, Sept. 18 edition) with the rating for NXT, over a million people watching.
"The rating was great. A 200 percent increase in the 18-34 demo. On every level. I’m happy with that, but to me, this is a marathon. It’s not a sprint.”
The Game continued to put emphasis on the fact that NXT is in it for the long haul and that NXT has always dealt with competition in the form of other sports and entertainment.
He said: “When we got this opportunity on USA, it was an opportunity to stand at the starting line of a marathon. I’m interested in the long haul.
"I’m interested in what this company has done for 50 years, with that they’ve done for 30 (years) with “RAW, what they’ve done for 20 (years) with “SmackDown” which is what this company does better than anybody else on the planet: week in, week out, live sports entertainment and doing what we do. And it doesn’t matter what’s out there.
“There’s competition that we’ve dealt with for years. You can look back and say a brief period with WCW, but the competition we’ve dealt with for years is the NFL, is Major League Baseball. It’s large scale sporting events. It’s political debates. It’s everything that is out there and that’s what we deal with.
"So, my goal is to put on the best show possible every single week and we’ll see what the future brings because right now, it’s just a bunch of speculation over two-week programming that hasn’t even started yet and there’s no track record of success long-term of a two-hour, weekly live event in any way, shape, or form.”
Whether Triple H wants to admit it or not, the Wednesday Night War between AEW and NXT is here, and overall, it's a great time to be a wrestling fan.
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