WWE Reports: NXT Moving to Tuesday Nights After WrestleMania

Published 03/03/2021, 6:45 AM EST


The Wednesday Night Wars between WWE and AEW has been on since AEW Dynamite made its debut on TNT in 2019. Sadly for WWE, the ratings have always been in AEW’s favor. This has made them do the unthinkable – move away from the competition. Yes, NXT is moving away from its competition!

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WWE NXT to move away from its competition AEW Dynamite on Wednesdays

Mat Men Pro Wrestling Podcast first reported that WWE NXT is going to move away from its Wednesday 8 P.M. slot. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter then confirmed the news of the move.

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The Observer states WWE is planning to move NXT from Wednesdays to Tuesdays, starting right after WrestleMania i.e., Tuesday, April 13th. They also noted that there have been several talks over the past week regarding this, but not every NXT official is aware of this move.

As of now, it can only be an internal discussion that has probably gotten out. On the flip side, it can also be possible that WWE has figured NXT and Dynamite being on the same night do no good for their product. Hence, a move to Tuesday would significantly benefit them.

NXT has brought Super Tuesday shows twice in the past due to NFL playoffs. What’s interesting is that those two shows did better numbers (849,000 and 838,000) than usual shows that aired on Wednesdays.

AEW Dynamite convincingly beats NXT every week in ratings. As of today, Dynamite and NXT’s head-to-head score is 58-9. That means NXT has surpassed Dynamite’s viewership only nine times in almost sixteen months. Not just that, but the important 18-49 demographic score sees Dynamite dominating. AEW Dynamite and NXT are 68-1. That’s a legitimate squash!

What could be the reason to move the black and gold brand?

Viewership is definitely a reason to move NXT to Tuesdays, but another reason could be to not hurt their product just for the sake of competing. Triple H runs NXT, and the brand has always been on another level compared to Raw and SmackDown.

Wrestling fans get divided between WWE NXT and AEW Dynamite. NXT moving to Tuesdays could very well solve that problem. NXT will definitely draw more than 800,000 viewers if they make the move to Tuesdays.

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Another interesting thing is that a move to Tuesday doesn’t eliminate competition. IMPACT Wrestling airs every Tuesday at the same time on AXS TV. Although IMPACT has no great numbers like AEW Dynamite, the partnership with NJPW and AEW is definitely bringing back eyeballs to the product.

There is no official announcement from WWE yet, but expect it to come sooner than later. What do you think of this? Is WWE being wise by moving NXT to Tuesday nights? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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