WWE & AEW Set To Go Head-To-Head

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The Wednesday Night Wars might be a thing of the past but WWE and AEW programming are set to clash head-to-head again for one night only.

When it emerged that AEW Dynamite and NXT were to go head-to-head in a battle for ratings supremacy, wrestling fans of a certain vintage were transported back to the halcyon days of the Monday Night Wars when WWE and WCW did battle week after week. While WWE ultimately won that battle when they purchased WCW in 2001, the Wednesday night equivalent didn’t see the same success.

The upstart AEW handily defeated WWE NXT in the ratings battle for most weeks that the shows went head-to-head. The battle came to an end in 2021 when NXT moved to Tuesday nights following WrestleMania 37.

On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer explained how Dynamite and NXT 2.0 are on a collision course once again on what is sure to be a huge night of wrestling this October, and it’s all down to baseball:

“The big thing is AEW and WWE are both gonna have dates changed because of the upcoming Major League Baseball playoffs. So it’s not really gonna affect anything until mid-October but there will be an October 17th [Tuesday is actually October 18th] head-to-head on Tuesday night with Dynamite from Cincinnatti and NXT.”

“The first time they’ve gone head-to-head in over a year and that will be an interesting night. I’m sure both will load up their shows, AEW is on an unfamiliar night so if you don’t load up the show you probably aren’t going to do so well. Then NXT, I’m sure will load up the show as well for that very same reason.”

h/t Inside The Ropes