The latest ratings for the Wednesday Night War have been released, and AEW once again topped NXT.
— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) January 30, 2020
Though Dynamite did draw more than NXT, the AEW show did see a slight dip from the previous week’s 871, 000 for Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling Rager at Sea, Part Deux: Second Wave, while WWE’s Black and Gold Brand also slid from their 769, 000 draw last week.
Both shows are booking towards a February PPV– TakeOver: Portland on 16 February and Revolution on 29 February– so naturally, that effects the content of their shows.
AEW only has one match officially announced for the Revolution card, with Chris Jericho defending his AEW Championship against Jon Moxley, while they are moving towards a Cody vs. MJF match as well– though Cody has his stipulations to meet first before that can be made official. They also seem to be slow burning towards some sort of Young Bucks vs. The Butcher & The Blade match, and Pac vs. Kenny Omega match.
TakeOver: Portland is two weeks sooner than the AEW event, so they already have four matches announced: Finn Balor vs. Johnny Gargano; Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly vs. The BroserWeight, Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne, for the NXT Tag Team Championship; Rhea Ripley vs. Bianca Belair for the NXT Women’s Championship; and Adam Cole vs. Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT Championship.
Last night’s NXT seemed to be played with a bit more edge, with Dakota Kai and Teagan Nox engaging in the first of what is surely to be a series of brutal blood feud matches, they set up a Dominik Dijakovic vs. Keith Lee match for the North American Championship, had the final to the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, and had the challenger for the NXT Championship, Tommaso Ciampa getting colour as he signed his match contract.
Dynamite felt like more of a placeholder, as Moxley couldn’t really bump as he prepares for his matches at New Japan Pro Wrestling’s The New Beginning in Sapporo event this weekend, and the rest of the feuds progressed into something more substantial.
After the intensity of NXT, it will be interesting to see how that might effect viewers’ decisions as they tune in and choose between the two shows next week.