This is the fourth installment of the Wednesday Night Wars and also the fourth week in a row where AEW has shined brighter than WWE NXT in the rating war. The viewership for AEW is at 963,000 this week while WWE NXT had a viewership of 698,000. AEW is still undefeated in the rating war at 4-0. Now the question is, who wins my pick of the week? In week four, I’m siding with WWE NXT.
While both shows were trending in the right direction, therefore I don’t have any serious gripes about a drop off in quality, I believe that WWE NXT had more to offer this week. If I went to this WWE NXT show, I think that I would have been more fulfilled than if I attended this week’s AEW Dynamite in Pittsburgh. For those keeping score with me, I’ve been equally on the side of both products. AEW Dynamite and WWE NXT are 2-2 so far when it comes to what tickles my fancy. No brand has run away with the more entertaining show in my eyes, which is best for both companies because it keeps me invested.
On AEW Dynamite, my favorite part of the show was the singles match between Kenny Omega and Joey Janela. Those two always put it all on the line and I wouldn’t mind seeing a third match between the two. Sure, it would be technically only the second one that counts on record, but that doesn’t matter to an audience watching a product. Janela and Omega have put on some very entertaining matches when they’re put against each other in a wrestling ring.
With WWE NXT, my highlight was the triple threat main event for the NXT North American Championship and the aftermath of it. Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic make magic in that ring on NXT. Adding Roderick Strong to the mix with his title on the line is like sprinkling pumpkin seeds and caramel on your ice cream in the fall (seriously, try that.) That crowd was hot for that match and was just as hot when Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, and Finn Balor stood up to all of the Undisputed Era briefly. Balor turning heel, but not specifically joining the Undisputed Era leaves a lot of room for a possible reunion with The OC in NXT against the Undisputed Era in the future. I know, wishful thinking, but book it!
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