WWE and AEW’s Wednesday Night War started in October 2019 as AEW Dynamite and NXT went head-to-head every week. 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. Road Dogg knows a thing or two about pro wrestling wars, because he was a fixture in DX during the Monday Night Wars. To him, AEW vs WWE doesn’t feel the same at all.
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.
Even after that, there are many people who believe WWE and AEW are engaged in a war. While speaking on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, WWE Hall of Famer Road Dogg discussed whether there is a war between the two companies. He stated that the wrestlers are not in a war, but the offices are.
“[AEW is] not going head to head with [WWE] so it almost feels more like, not a war but like — I don’t know — Like, there is another wrestling show on… I don’t think the boys are so in a competition, in a war, as the offices are, you know what I mean?”
AEW has changed a lot in the past year or so, but ratings are certainly inconsistent for a long time. We’ll have to see whether Tony Khan will manage to improve the product or not.
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