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 last year 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.
WWE COO Triple H was blamed for NXT losing the Wednesday Night Wars, and from the looks of it, many people backstage tried to ensure he doesn’t take over the company once Vince McMahon retires.
While speaking on the “Talk is Jericho” podcast, Kyle O’Reilly talked about the Wednesday Night Wars and claimed that stars in NXT rooted for AEW, for the sake of competition.
“It was so cool that it was back to two shows going head-to-head. It felt like being a fan in ’98 when it was the Monday Night Wars and now we were part of it on Wednesday. On the other channel are talents who we came up with in this industry that we are rooting for, we were rooting for AEW to kick ass because that elevated our game.’
‘I know our game being elevated would elevate your guys’ game you know. It was a back scratching scenario of just trying to put out the best shows we possibly could, and I think the winners were the fans.”
NXT 2.0 so far has received mixed reception so far, so it remains to be seen whether the product will improve in good time or not.