AEW Rampage is running a very special show in Miami this week and SmackDown is doing their own thing too. WWE is holding a supershow on FS1, one that will extend 30 minutes into AEW Rampage’s live broadcast. Tony Khan’s company fired back as they announced an hour-long Buy-In before Rampage, but their show will be on YouTube.
While speaking to My Mom’s Basement, Khan discussed WWE’s move to run against Rampage in a head-to-head battle. In the end, Khan isn’t too worried about how AEW will do while running directly against WWE’s blue brand. After all, the red brand’s show sucked this week according to the AEW head honcho.
“It’s the second time they’ve decided to go head-to-head with us. I want the fans to be able to watch all the wrestling. I’ll coin a phrase right now, WYW; Watch Your Wrestling. I want people to watch your wrestling. Whatever you want to watch, watch it. A lot of people have chosen to watch AEW because it’s the best show. Watch Your Wrestling. I want people to watch everything. It’s the second time they’ve chosen to put their wrestling head-to-head with mine. The last time they did it, it didn’t happen overnight, but from the start, AEW consistently did better numbers than NXT and we eventually won that war and AEW is now the Wednesday night show and Wednesday Night Dynamite has had a great run.”
“On Friday, they’re doing a half-hour head-to-head with Rampage, which is new. I put my show on consciously after SmackDown knowing there is a huge audience of people that watch that show and a lot of people are going to watch Rampage, which has been a hit for TNT. They’re literally going to do a half-hour head-to-head, that’s fine. We’ll see what happens. I’m not saying for sure we’ll win and maybe the odds are against us in some ways, but we’re going to do the better show, I know. If you don’t believe me, watch the go-home show [Raw] they did last night because it sucked,”
WWE’s story is that they continue on with their blinders on. The company’s president Nick Khan even said that as he spoke to Ariel Helwani. The timing of some WWE moves against AEW’s activities is rather hard to notice at certain times.
It is pretty hard to ignore that WWE realized AEW had a big show this Friday directly after their weekly broadcast. We’ll just have to see who wins the ratings battle when all is said and done and if a distinguishable difference can be determined to prove that AEW’s Buy-In for their Rampage show this week takes a bite out of WWE’s ratings.
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Thanks to Fightful for the quote