WWE Destroys AEW Once Again Despite CM Punk Giving It His All

Published 10/10/2021, 9:06 AM EDT


Looks like WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon is looking to kick things up a notch in this war of ratings and viewership war between AEW and WWE. Ever since the inception of AEW, the fans claim AEW might just save pro-wrestling because WWE has gone soft over the years.

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However, it looks like Vince McMahon is done hiding from it. This week’s episode of WWE SmackDown is also dubbed as “Supersized SmackDown” because the show will be of 2.5 hours long and will directly compete with AEW Rampage.

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But it looks like the ratings are plummeting even before this WWE’s ‘Supersized SmackDown’. Despite having the star power of CM Punk, Kenny Omega, and Bryan Danielson.

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The average viewership of AEW Rampage on TNT has gone to 466k, which is 25 percent less than what it was a week before this. The key demographic ratings have also taken the hit which is 41 percent less.

However, SmackDown on the other end had a seemingly stable viewership through the last week’s programming.

The average viewership throughout the two hours program was just a shade more than the 2 million mark for the SmackDown last week, which is only 4 percent less than its last week’s numbers.

WWE will air SmackDown on Fox Sports 1 instead of FOX

Up until now, the Friday Night SmackDown had FOX and Peacock as its streaming partner. However, with WWE switching to Fox Sports 1 comes one interesting analogy.

The “Supersized SmackDown” will run for 2.5 hours, which means the final 30 minutes of the show will directly compete against the first 30 minutes of AEW Rampage from 10:00 pm to 10:30 pm ET.

Looks like Vince McMahon really wants the fans to give the same taste as the 90s’ infamous Monday Night War between WWE and WCW.

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However, it looks like these decisions did not phase AEW President. In fact, he sort of accepted the challenge and claimed that AEW will emerge victorious.

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With Crow Jewel approaching, the WWE must be looking at this as the perfect opportunity to get more and more eyes on their program.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. He graduated from Raj Kumar Goel Institute of Technology in Ghaziabad. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports.

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