NXT defeats AEW in the Wednesday Night Wars TV ratings for the first time


NXT defeated AEW in the TV ratings this week for the first time since the Wednesday Night Wars officially began at the start of October.

Since the debut show of Dynamite, AEW had been beating NXT in the TV ratings easily each week, but WWE was gradually closing the gap.

This past week, the eighth week of the Wednesday Night Wars between WWE and AEW, NXT finally finished ahead of Dynamite in the TV ratings.

NXT, which featured a host of RAW and SmackDown talent heading into the Survivor Series this weekend, drew 916,000 viewers on the USA Network, according to Wrestling Inc.

This figure defeated the 893,000 viewers who tuned in to watch AEW Dynamite on TNT by 2.6%.

Many people are coming to the conclusion that NXT managed to beat AEW in the ratings this week because of the inclusion of Raw and SmackDown superstars on the show to continue the build to Survivor Series this Sunday.

The likes of Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, Ricochet, The Viking Raiders, The Revival, Shinsuke Nakamura, and many others appeared on NXT to hype up the battle for brand supremacy at Survivor Series.


Both Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes have provided similar answers when asked by fans about NXT beating AEW in the TV ratings.

The AEW World Champion tweeted: "Remember guys, it’s a marathon not a sprint..... 😝."

On the other hand, the AEW executive vice president tweeted: "Take it on the chin, learn from it, get up off the mat and get to work. Excuses are for assholes."

Jericho made reference to the Raw and SmackDown stars being on NXT this week when he was asked if NXT is still in the minor leagues.

He said in a tweet: "But Last night wasn’t a true NXT show, now was it shmoopy?"

While it was a great week for NXT against AEW, the question now is are they able to keep hold of this momentum and beat Dynamite in the TV ratings again next week to show this week's victory wasn't just a fluke?

Also, although NXT beat AEW in the Wednesday Night Wars this week, the true winners are wrestling fans, as there is some fantastic wrestling on TV between the two brands for fans to enjoy.

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