Released WWE Superstar Tay Conti Brings Record Breaking Numbers for AEW

Published 04/24/2021, 11:09 AM EDT


AEW has been having the best time in its history so far with viewership ratings breaching the 1 million mark for the second consecutive week after WWE NXT shifted to Tuesday, leaving the promotion as the only show on Wednesdays. 

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This promising figure haul indicates a leap forward for AEW, which has proved it belongs in the 1 million club. However, one match stole the show this week, and it was between AEW Women’s Champion Hikaru Shida and Tay Conti.

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The two stars took each other to the limit on Dynamite and pulled in the peak viewership for the show throughout its run time. During this matchup, the viewership stood at an astonishing 1,174,000 viewers, 512,000 of whom were from the 18-49 demographic. 

Tay Conti herself celebrated this moment in a recent post on Twitter, praising the AEW Women’s Division for its talent. 

Released last year by WWE as part of the budget cuts brought on by the pandemic, Tay Conti has shown her talent in its true form in AEW and has delivered some really good matches for the fans. 

Her pairing with Anna Jay has seen the two improve and rise in the promotion. Apart from her, other former WWE Superstars such as Jon Moxley, Miro, and Cody Rhodes (to name a few) are proving why letting them go was a mistake.

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This figure-haul more or less proved All Elite Wrestling’s dominance and also marks how far it has come, amassing unbelievable numbers even during the lockdown. 

Fans were afraid that AEW was stuck in the doldrums due to its average viewership score of 700, 000 over the past 6 months. However, it managed to hold NXT down under the water long enough for it to concede defeat in the Wednesday Night Wars. 

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WWE’s show shifted to Tuesday Nights, in what would be the best decision for both promotions. However, AEW has managed to gain much more than NXT by this decision. 

Finally spreading its wings, we may see Tony Khan and his men challenge Raw soon. The Red brand hasn’t been keeping its good numbers and has not been able to clear the 2 million mark.

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If AEW grows more, we could see it challenge the ‘unreachable’ heights of Raw soon and perhaps even SmackDown in the future. 

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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