I’d call that a win. WWE has been the undisputed king of professional wrestling for a very long time now and that is still the case for the most part. However, for the first time in decades, WWE has some serious competition in the form of All Elite Wrestling. The company has made an instant impact on the wrestling world and it turns out that they are a big deal outside the United States as well.
Over the last year, AEW has been fairly regularly defeating NXT in the Wednesday Night Wars television ratings and audience. NXT has picked up a few wins here and there but for the most part, it has been the AEW Dynamite show. This has been quite the selling point for AEW so far, and it seems that they have another point to brag about, even if it is from around the world.
AEW Vice President Cody has sent out a tweet detailing AEW’s success on television in the United Kingdom. The tweet includes the following information:
• AEW Dynamite is beating the first-run broadcast of all of its competitors in the UK for audience volume.
• Dynamite’s audience is over 5 times that of NXT, double that of SmackDown and nearly double that of Monday Night Raw.
• It is also almost double the audience of Impact Wrestling, which has been airing in the same slot as Dynamite and also on a free-to-air channel.
• Dynamite benefits from reaching considerably more people than any of its competitors.
• Full episodes of Dynamite on ITV4 have reached 2.8m people, based on 5+ consecutive minutes of viewing.
• In its first year, AEW programming on ITV channels reached 6.7 million people, based on them having at least 5 consecutive minutes of viewing.
Cody also mentioned that AEW is interested in coming to present a show in the United Kingdom, though there is no word on when they will be able to do so. AEW Dynamite celebrates its one year anniversary last week, having debuted on October 2, 2019.
Thanks to our incredible fans for such a successful first year of #AEWDynamite
(we can’t wait to take the team over and wrestle there) pic.twitter.com/t7mnrVk7XX
— Cody (@CodyRhodes) October 18, 2020
The show has been a big deal for a good while now. Check out what they have been doing lately:
Opinion: That is a very strong accomplishment, though I would be curious to know some more details. AEW defeating WWE is impressive, but how fair of a battle is it? What kind of a network does WWE air on? What time does it air? Either way, that is the kind of thing that AEW should certainly be bragging about as it means quite a bit to defeat WWE in anything, let alone something this big.
What does this mean for AEW? Will it translate to the same success in America? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!