According to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) commentator Jim Ross, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon was left angry after Dynamite started repeatedly beating NXT in the Wednesday Night War viewership ratings.
Speaking to Sports Illustrated, Jim Ross said that it was the “best thing” for NXT to move onto Tuesday nights in April, noting that Vince McMahon didn’t respond well to losing out in the viewership to AEW Dynamite:
“For the growth of the NXT brand and their ongoing relationship with NBC Universal, logically speaking and taking personalities and emotions out of it, it was the best thing for them to do. It was the best thing for their relationship and building a bigger audience. The fans don’t have to make a choice. I’m sure it pissed him off to read every week — we didn’t beat them every week — but more weeks than not we were the number one watched wrestling show on Wednesday nights. I know he didn’t take that in a good way. He’s very competitive and he’s used to being the bull in the woods, doing whatever he wants to do, and winning. On Wednesday nights against us, they weren’t winning on a regular basis. I’m sure that bothered him to some degree. At the end of the day, it was the right decision to make for everyone involved,”
Not only has NXT generally faired between in the viewership since moving to Tuesday nights, but many are of the belief that the show has actually been of a superior quality, so it looks like this was a win-win for WWE.
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Thanks to Fightful for the transcription.
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