This week will mark the final week that WWE NXT and AEW Dynamite will go head-to-head on Wednesdays. NXT is placing the first night of TakeOver: Stand & Deliver on the USA Network to make sure that they leave the night with a bang. Triple H considers their time on Wednesdays as a very successful one.
While speaking to the media during a recent conference call to hype TakeOver, Triple H was asked how he believes NXT did on Wednesdays. He had an answer to put over everything that the brand has accomplished, but he didn’t mention the fact that the typically lost each weekly head-to-head battle.
“Very successful. For me, we went from a very small platform of the [WWE] Network with a lot of buzz outside of it to jumping to USA from one hour to two hours from pre-tape to live to everything in between,” Triple H said. “Talent call-ups, and talent blooming, and injuries and pandemics, you name it. In the course of that period of time, I’m incredibly proud and happy with what we’ve done with the brand, and the the opportunity is right now.”
“What we first did, it was about maintenance of a consistent time slot, day of the week and time so that people could find what they were used to finding, even in that smaller group. Now we’ve established a consistent viewership. The viewership over the the period of time, I think it’s 850,000 a week. Obviously, we just renewed a multi-year deal. The network is very happy. The ability to jump to Peacock and have more visibility for our larger tentpole events, our TakeOvers, and be able to create more interest in the product in that manner, it’s all for the right reasons.”
“The Tuesday lead in from Monday night at a promotion from Monday night to Tuesday is going to be great for us. It’s all good, and to be honest, if you would have asked me a year and a half or whatever it was, ‘Hey, how would you see this going?’ I would see it going about what it is now. The ability to establish a fan base and then decide the best place to put it but establishing that fan base in the consistent time slot was where it was at.”
WWE might have been best served to make the first night of NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver only on the USA Network. That would have ensured that any American fans would have needed to tune into USA Network. Now the event will be on Peacock as well.
We’ll have to see how the final week of the Wednesday Night Wars shapes up, but pro wrestling fans’ weekly schedule will be very different starting next week.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote