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AEW Dynamite, WWE NXT to Strive over Viewership Tonight

AEW will air the latest episode of Dynamite at the same time of WWE NXT

Wed 19 Oct 2022 | 12:20 AM
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Early Tuesday, another fight for viewership will take place between WWE and AEW. The 3-year promotion moved its weekly Wednesday show, Dynamite, to Tuesday at the same time as WWE NXT.

Both promotions arranged heavy cards for the so-called, "war," in addition, reports indicated that WWE seeks to win this battle with the AEW Dynamite.

Therefore, several talents from the main roaster will have appearances in the episode such as Kevin Owens, the Original Club, and Rhea Ripley.

On the other hand, AEW Dynamite set a new theme for the episode, named Title Tuesday, as the brand announced four title matches, including a match for the Ring of Honor title, AEW World title, and Interim Women's World title.

The concept of war between founded two years ago when AEW Dynamite beat WWE NXT 2.0 in the viewership ratings, before the crossing airing timing ended. 

Last October, All Elite Wrestling's Friday show, AEW Rampage, succeeded in beating the legendary WWE Friday Night Smackdown in the 30-minute-head-to-head war.

The final 30 minutes of the WWE Smackdown Supersized had two important segments: a match between the Man, Becky Lynch, who holds Smackdown Women's Championship, and the Boss, Sasha Banks, and the contract signing session between WWE Universe Champion, the Tribal Chief Roman Reigns, and the Beast, Brock Lesnar, for their Crown Jewel match.

The two segments recorded 285,000 views on the US cable, on the other hand, AEW Rampage segments got 328,000 views.

AEW Rampage's segments carried a match between the Best in the World, CM Punk, against Matt Sydal, who was previously known as Evan Bourne.

Regarding the total viewership for both shows, WWE Smackdown got more than 800,000 which is lower than the previously recorded figures, while AEW Rampage got more than 500,000 which is a higher number than last week's viewership.

It is worthy to mention that the concept of the 30-minute-head-to-head-war came to the surface after AEW's CEO Tony Khan criticized WWE's decision of stretching the duration of Smackdown's episode for extra commercial-free 30 minutes.

So, those 30 minutes of Smackdown would be parallel with the first 30 minutes of the Rampage show. Khan highlighted that he has already set the show's card.

Next, Khan decided to move matters a little bit higher and add another free Buy-In Rampage show on Youtube for one hour before the main episode.

All wrestling fans started to shift between both shows to catch the strongest segments in them.