Why WWE Pulled ‘NXT’ Off Wednesday Nights

Tony Maglio
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Cody Rhodes’ upstart pro-wrestling company All Elite Wrestling (AEW) just pinned WWE clean in the middle of the ring. WWE has pulled its “NXT” program off of Wednesday nights, when the USA Network wrestling show was regularly losing to TNT’s “AEW: Dynamite” in TV ratings. Professional wrestling fans dubbed the head-to-head competition the “Wednesday Night Wars,” a callback to the longer-lasting, higher-rated and frankly more interesting “Monday Night Wars,” when WWE/WWF battled it out with Turner’s WCW from 1995 to 2001. Back then, the Turner league and WWE/F traded places in Nielsen numbers until Vince McMahon eventually bought out the former World Championship Wrestling. This time, WWE blinked. The two-hour weekly NXT show, which showcases wrestlers from WWE’s minor-league system, is moving to Tuesday nights on USA. It will remain a two hour show, airing from 8 to 10 p.m. The transition will take place just in time for the “NXT” after WrestleMania 37 (and really, the one after the “NXT Takeover” pay-per-view), Tuesday, April 13. Also Read: WWE Moves 'NXT' to Tuesday Nights on USA Network Since its Oct. 2, 2019 launch, “All Elite Wrestling: Dynamite” has averaged 75% more viewers in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 age bracket than “NXT,”...

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