Professional Wrestling rating
By Nate Kaiser
Buckle up because the Wednesday night wars are kicking into full gear! AEW and NXT clashed this week as significant roster shifts brought new eyes to the shows. The King of Kings returned to Monday nights to consult with the kingslayer after his return from Crown Jewel, and the smackdown squad traveled to the United Kingdom. It was a hot week of wrestling, so let’s dive into it.
Raw (Monday, Nov. 4)
Monday night saw the return of the leader of the black and gold brand Triple H as he confronted the former Universal Champion, Seth Rollins.
The two stood face to face in the ring, and Triple H questioned the future of the former champ and where he saw himself headed next. With the tensions rising in the ring, the Undisputed Era, a faction of four NXT wrestlers, came bursting through the crowd to surround the ring.
The tension shattered when Triple H said, “You are either with me in this moment, or against me.” The crowd erupted, and the raw roster chased the NXT boys out into the crowd.
Management is taking steps to build up NXT as equals to RAW and Smackdown that was undoubtedly necessary if the three will simultaneously be on major television networks.
Raw clocked in this week with 2,130,000 viewers for their 2.13 rating. Down from the previous weeks, 2.34 viewership. They competed with Monday Nights Football game between the Cowboys and the Giants, but the product looks like its turning to head in the right direction
AEW (Wednesday, Nov. 6)
As AEW geared up for “Full Gear,” their next paper view event, the unsown leader of the roster and management Cody, cut an in-ring promo discussing his world title match. If he is unsuccessful in his challenge at the world title, then Cody will never again challenge for the world title.
The world champ would be in action later in the night though in an all-star tag team match-up. Chris Jericho (World Champion) joined forces with Sammy Guevara to take on “Hangman” Adam Page and Kenny Omega.
Omega hit rebounded and hit a huge dive over the top rope to the floor, crashing onto Guevara. With omega down outside the ring, Jericho cracked Paige with his finishing move the “Judas Effect” to pick up the win.
AEW now has beat NXT in the Wednesday Night Wars for the sixth week in a row, but this win was the closest yet. AEW’s go-home show for “Full Gear” brought clocked in at 822,000 viewers. Their viewership was up from last week’s 789,000 viewers.
Traveling to Maryland for their paper view event, AEW will be live in the Baltimore State Farm Arena. One of the top matches to expect from this show includes the AEW three-way tag team championship match pitting the Lucha Bros vs. Private Party vs So Cal Uncensored.
The Women’s Championship will also be on the line as the defending champion Riho takes on the challenger Emi Sakura. AEW has focused a lot on bringing in talent from Japan and non-United States companies, which has added a unique flair for the women’s division.
To cap off the night, Kenny Omega will meet Jon Moxley in an unsanctioned match. No Rules, no disqualifications, no boundaries, Moxley and Omega have reached a breaking point over the past weeks, and the hope is that their feud will finally be settled in Baltimore.
NXT (Wednesday, Nov. 6)
Jumping channels, we switch to AEW’s direct competition NXT. Wednesday night saw a massive jump in viewership spiking 40% from last week. NXT clocked in at 813,000 viewers, narrowly losing to AEW’s 822,000.
The “OC,” formerly known as “The Club,” consisting of AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson, debuted to announce their dominance over the black and yellow brand. Take over wouldn’t come easy though, NXT faithful Tommaso Ciampa took exception and invited out two other wrestlers to join him, Keith Lee and Matt Riddle.
The six would do battle in the main event but would end in a no contest. NXT champion Adam Cole ran down to the ring super kicking AJ styles then knocking out Ciampa with the last shot.
NXT is centrally pulling out all the stops to win the weekly ratings. The overflow of the story lines from Raw and Smackdown creates a more linked flow between all the shows, and incorporating more of the main roster wrestlers elevates the entire NXT roster to new levels.
Smackdown (Friday, Nov. 8)
The big dogs came to play this past Friday, Roman Reigns and Tyson Fury both appeared on the pre-tape episode of Smackdown. Smackdown broadcasted from Manchester England this week, which in some circumstances can deflate viewership over the two-hour show, but maintained a 2.61 rating.
Friday’s episode saw Tyson Fury, a Manchester native, return to Smackdown after beating Braun Strowman at Crown Jewel. Fury made the transition from boxing to professional wrestling recently and has garnered a lot of attention as his career kicks off. The two teased a team-up before turning and beating up the B team.
Also in the show the newly crowned Universal champion “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt attacked Daniel Bryan which could mean a feud between the two for the Universal championship down the road.
The show capped off with Roman Reigns and Baron Corbin meeting the main event. This match-up should have taken place last week, but due to travel issues, it was moved to Friday’s main event. Corbin won after interference from Dolph Ziggler and Rober Roode.
Overall, Smackdown had a successful week in Machester and will travel back to the states this week, where they will emanate from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The National Wrestling alliance aired another episode of NWA Powerrr, which has been picking up a lot of steam. National champion James Storm defended his championship against Colt Cabana. Cabana picked up with the win with a diving pinning combination. In the main event, Homicide and Eddie Kingston picked up the win versus the Dawsons.
Weekly Top 3 Rankings
1. Smackdown (2,610,000 viewers)
2. Raw (2,130,000 viewers)
3. AEW (822,00 viewers)