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.
Both NXT and AEW certainly had their fair share of success as well. Adam Cole was an integral part of NXT’s success for four years before he made his way to AEW back in September.
While speaking to the DORK podcast, Adam Cole talked about AEW and NXT and why they are so successful. Cole explained that it is the fan energy and love for the matches that was the common factor in their success.
“That roster was stacked. You had a lot of really talented dudes who were trying to make an impression and trying to show the world on the biggest stage they ever had how good they were. That created a really exciting atmosphere. The live audience that was there, I’ve said this before and I think it’s a big reason why AEW is so successful, the people who buy a ticket to that show and show up, they want the show to be good. They go there with the intention of ‘this show is going to rule. I can’t wait to watch these matches.’ It creates this exciting atmosphere that not only creates this magic within the audience, but it does create a different feeling with the wrestlers as well. That’s how the magic happens in a lot of ways.”
Adam Cole also previously stated that AEW winning the Wednesday Night Wars caused NXT 2.0 to happen. Fans will always be integral to the success of any pro wrestling company and that is unlikely to ever change.
h/t to Fightful for the quotes.
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