The ratings are in for the latest clash on Wednesday night between AEW and NXT, with Dynamite pulling ahead once again.
— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) February 20, 2020
Both shows saw an increase in viewership over last week, but AEW widened the margin slightly more this week, increasing the gap from 60,000 to 99,000.
This is taking it on the chin a bit for NXT, as this latest loss comes during the fallout episode from a wonderful TakeOver: Portland event. Granted, Triple H and co. may have dropped the ball a bit with the booking decisions they made, as the show itself was a bit of a strange one. The only major match that was announced ahead of time was the in-ring return of The Velveteen Dream taking on Roderick Strong, and though there were appearances by North American Champion Keith Lee— who competed in a squash match– NXT Champion Adam Cole— who didn’t wrestle– Tommaso Ciampa— who simply administered a beatdown to Austin Theory, there were no signs of Johnny Gargano— after an unexpected heel turn!– Finn Bálor, NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley, or her WrestleMania Charlotte Flair. And though there was a well-worked Cruiserweight Championship match between Lio Rush and Jordan Devlin, it simply wasn’t enough to compete with what AEW had to offer.
AEW hosted Dynamite from the southern wrestling hotbed of Atlanta, and it was a night full of heat. The anticipation for the promotion’s inaugural Steel Cage match between Cody and Wardlow and the debut of Jeff Cobb taking on top babyface Jon Moxley was just too great for NXT to match. They also had every one of their top stars competing alongside Cody and Mox, with Kenny Omega and “Hangman” Adam Page defending their AEW Tag Team Championship against The Lucha Bros. and The Young Bucks in the Tag Team Championship Tag Team #1 Contender’s Battle Royal.
Next week will be the go-home show for AEW as they head into their next PPV, Revolution so it’ll be another tough battle for NXT to compete against.