Now that Wednesdays will play host to both AEW and NXT, Cody Rhodes believes it will become the most important night of the wrestling week.
This week, WWE revealed that NXT will be moving from the WWE Network to the USA Network. Not only that, but it will be extended from one hour to two and air live every single week. Despite WWE continuing to deny that the move has anything to do with AEW's weekly show also airing on Wednesdays, we're not sure we believe them.
Whether WWE intended to start a Wednesday Night War or not, one is about to begin. NXT has the advantage of its live show on USA starting two weeks earlier than AEW's However, once AEW's weekly show does get underway, it will be in much bigger and far more impressive arenas than NXT. For lapsed fans flicking between channels, first impressions will be everything, and AEW will have the upper hand in that regard.
While WWE doesn't like to mention competition, AEW has not been shy about discussing its rivals' recent moves. In fact, during a recent interview with Bleacher Report, Cody Rhodes discussed the recent changes made to NXT's schedule. The AEW EVP admitted that he's intrigued to see what Vince McMahon does with NXT, and labeled Wednesdays the most important night in wrestling going forward.
"The best wrestling is going to be happening on Wednesday nights. It's destination TV, and when's the last time wrestling was destination TV?" Rhodes asked. The answer, probably about 20 years ago. From October 2 onwards, wrestling fans will have a genuine and tough choice to make on Wednesday nights. We imagine there is going to be an awful lot of channel hopping, just like we were forced to do during the Monday Night War.
So many things will make or break both NXT and AEW going forward. With terrific action on another channel, both promotions are tasked with not only getting fans to tune in but to get them to stay tuned in. It will also be interesting to see how long NXT remains at Full Sail. As we said above, AEW's packed arenas will look far more impressive to the casual fan, which could be the difference-maker for many potential viewers.