The latest ratings for the Wednesday Night War have been revealed and AEW once again scores the pin-fall, but by a much closer margin than in the last couple of weeks.
— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) February 13, 2020
It’s interesting to see, as NXT came down a bit in viewership, but still hovered around the same number, while Dynamite plummeted, losing 111,000 viewers.
NXT was in an awkward spot, as it was their go-home show to TakeOver: Portland this Sunday, so though they featured some high work-rate matches like Adam Cole versus Kushida, and pushed some of the feuds further as they head into the weekend– including another appearance from the recently-returned The Velveteen Dream— the stakes just didn’t feel as high as the ones on AEW’s show over on TNT.
Dynamite featured two titles matches that saw Nyla Rose defeat Riho for the AEW Women’s Championship, and Kenny Omega & “Hangman” Adam Page open the show and successfully defend their AEW Tag Team Championship against Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky of SCU. They had also already announced their entire five match card beforehand, which along with the two title matches included Dustin Rhodes against Sammy Guevara, MJF–fresh off administering his ten lashes to Cody last week– taking on Jungle Boy, and Jon Moxley and Santana going toe-to-toe in an “Eye for an Eye” match in the main event. There was also the surprise Dynamite debut of Jeff Cobb— though this was unannounced, so wouldn’t necessarily have an effect on a ratings spike– which gave the ending to the show, and lead into next week, some juice.
NXT TakeOver: Portland is sure to be an amazing show this Sunday, and depending what happens at the event, the fallout episode of NXT should be full of new rivalries and storylines with fuel from the PPV. But to spark some early interest, there have been three matches announced already, including Lio Rush getting his shot at the Cruiserweight Championship– that he earned last night defeating Angel Garza— when he takes on NXT UK star Jordan Devlin; Chelsea Green re-launching the Robert Stone Brand as she gets her rematch against Kayden Carter; and The Velveteen Dream making his in-ring return as he exacts revenge on Roderick Strong. It’s interesting that this last match has been booked for the fallout show rather than TakeOver itself, perhaps indicating the desire to counter-program against Dynamite.
AEW does appears to have gotten ahead of the possible TakeOver fallout excitement, announcing four matches for their show at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta: a Tag Team #1 Contender’s Battle Royal; another title match with Omega & Page defending the titles against The Lucha Bros; Cody fulfilling the last of his stipulations to face MJF at Revolution as he takes on Wardlow in AEW’s first Steel Cage match; and Jon Moxley vs. Jeff Cobb in his AEW in-ring debut.
It has to be said again: this Wednesday Night War is nothing but gold for wrestling fans.