WWE and AEW’s Wednesday Night War started in October 2019 as AEW Dynamite and NXT went head-to-head every week in order to see who would come out the better show. AEW Dynamite would win in the ratings war for the majority of the time. The Wars finally came to an end in April after NXT moved to Tuesday nights. People like Jim Ross believed it was a cop out.
For 76 weeks the war between the two brands raged on and only on one occasion did AEW lose in the key 18-49 demographic rating against NXT. This was seen as a shock to many but AEW bounced back.
Pro wrestling fans especially have been known to be passionate when it comes to defending their favorite promotions. AEW and WWE both have their own passionate fan bases.
While speaking on the Grilling JR Podcast, Jim Ross talked about the competition between WWE and AEW. He also addressed the sad mindset of a select section of pro wrestling fans.
“I don’t say that in a knock to the other guys, but that’s how wrestling fans take it. ‘JR is knocking the WWE guys,’ I’m not knocking them, all I’m saying is two years ago when AEW started its journey, I don’t think any of us, including me, perceived it would grow to the level it has grown in this length of time. It’s pretty astonishing. The winners of all of this are the fans. Some fans just don’t have that mindset, and I think that’s a sad state of affairs.”
We will have to see how both companies will improve their product for fans and it is unlikely pro wrestling fans won’t demand others to pick a side. The competition seems to continue despite Vince McMahon not seeing Tony Khan’s company as anywhere close to the competition that WCW was.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.
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