Bully Ray believes that NXT should not be too proud of its October 10th rating.
NXT obtained its third-highest viewership since moving to the USA Network during the head-to-head battle despite AEW airing Dynamite at the same time. Many are attributing the rise in viewers to the inclusion of multiple big names such as John Cena and The Undertaker.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Ray referenced the fact that WWE drafted in the biggest stars they could to pop a rating and were unable to break the 7 figure barrier:
“I do not believe either one of the companies won. Obviously the rating, the hard number [921,000] to [609,000] dictates that ‘NXT’ won. But when I sit back and I really think about these numbers without trying to dive too deep into all the minutia of it, I say to myself this, WWE loaded up this show on their own night with some of the heaviest firepower they possibly could not named The Rock or ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin. They loaded it.”
Ray went into more detail regarding the consistently high rating the Tuesday night broadcast has been getting week on week. With the October 3rd episode drawing over 800,000 viewers, the Hall of Famer was shocked that all of the extra stars generated less than 100,000 extra viewers:
“The highest rating that ‘NXT’ has done in the past couple of weeks, I believe was an 850, a couple of weeks ago for one of their specialty shows. Now, on that specialty show, I think we might have gotten Becky, and I think we might have gotten Rhea [Ripley] and Dom [Mysterio]. It was the normal crossover that they were doing with talent from the main roster, and they did an 850 — strong number on their own. Now you bring in thermonuclear freaking firepower, and you got [71,000] more viewers. To me, that’s not that much,”
Ray concluded that AEW had a better night as they were the ones that moved nights so were more likely to have a lower rating.
Tony Khan Agrees With Bully Ray’s WWE Analysis
AEW President Tony Khan has also reacted to the results of the head-to-head. Giving a unique take on the number of viewers who watched each show, Khan was also surprised that the inclusion of The Undertaker and John Cena did not create a bigger gap between each show.
H/t to Wrestling Inc.