Welcome to the first version of Who Won The Week?, the sequence the place ComicBook.com’s crew of wrestling writers come collectively and vote on which Wednesday evening wrestling present placed on a greater episode — NXT or AEW Dynamite? We then tally up the rating and declare the winner for the week, then take a look at the fan ballot outcomes. Be positive to examine again each week, as we’ll be retaining rating on who wins and who has the benefit in the “Wednesday Night Wars.”
A pair issues to bear in mind — these votes don’t have anything to do with tv rankings. Just as a result of one present had extra viewers does not essentially make it the higher episode. Also this is not to find out which one present it’s best to watch every week. We need you to observe all of it so you possibly can take part on the dialog!
Check out the outcomes for Oct. 9 under!
Connor Casey: Dynamite
I selected NXT as the winner for the first week, however that win got here with one main asterisk. WWE basically placed on a mini-TakeOver for his or her first two-hour USA present and whereas it was fairly nice to observe (particularly in-person), it simply barely managed to sneak previous an episode of Dynamite that handled its premiere like a typical episode of tv. That’s nice for successful one week, however not precisely a successful components week-after-week, month-after-month and (god-willing) year-after-year.
It seems I used to be proper. Once NXT did not have three championship matches and two large returns to depend on, it could not sustain with what Dynamite was doing. I dug the Rush vs. Gulak and Strong vs. Swerve matches, however Walter vs. Kushida felt like the first chapter in a feud they might blow off at a TakeOver and nothing else from the present actually stood out (although props to Rhea Ripley for that obscene feat of energy). Meanwhile Dynamite began out white-hot with that Bucks/Private Party tag match and saved issues rolling with Allin/Havoc, Spears/Moxley (and that interplay with Omega and PAC afterwards) and the brawl at the finish of that predominant occasion tag match. On prime of that you just had Jericho give a superb off-the-cuff promo introducing The Inner Circle the place he was in a position to put out about half a dozen headlines in simply 5 minutes.
There was merely an excessive amount of enjoyable available with Dynamite, and NXT merely could not sustain.
Ryan Droste: Dynamite
Last week, I believed it was razor skinny. I had extra enjoyable watching AEW however felt WWE NXT was a barely higher present, technically talking. This week, I did not suppose it was as shut. While each exhibits had some nice moments and superb highs (the Young Bucks vs. Private Party and Walter vs. Kushida being the highlights), AEW was extra constant over the course of the evening.
AEW began with the aforementioned tag match that tore down the home, and WWE NXT began with a Cruiserweight Championship match between Drew Gulak and Leo Rush. While each have been excellent matches, with the tag being barely higher, AEW bought the preliminary bump in significance attributable to how WWE has devalued the Cruiserweight Championship over the years as a secondary championship, normally defended on PPV kickoff exhibits. While it could possibly definitely be rehabbed right here in NXT, that is the story proper now. Though hardcore followers have at all times liked the cruiserweight division, the common viewers that is attempting to resolve which present to tune into are going to view the cruiserweight match as one thing much less necessary than the Young Bucks’ bout.
Following the opener, NXT featured three matches in a row that have been nothing to jot down dwelling about (Rhea Ripley vs. Aliyah, Forgotten Sons vs. Breezango, Boa vs. Cameron Grimes). In truth, I’m form of shocked these bouts have been positioned on the present given the “Wednesday Night War” competitors happening, and it virtually felt like NXT was throwing in the towel for the week. AEW was that includes an impressive promo at the similar time with Chris Jericho and the Inner Circle, adopted by Darby Allin vs. Jimmy Havoc and Bea Priestley and Emi Sukura vs. AEW Women’s Champion Riho and Dr. Britt Baker.
AEW began to lose some steam by the second hour (Moxley vs. Spears did not click on for me, although it was good to see Omega and PAC at the finish) whereas NXT picked up with Roddy Strong vs. Isaiah Scott and an ideal promo that includes Velveteen Dream instantly after, in addition to Tommaso Ciampa. When it got here to the predominant occasions, I wasn’t as into the AEW tag crew predominant occasion (Jericho and Sammy Guevara vs. Dustin Rhodes and Adam Page) as I used to be WALTER vs. Kushida, although Cody’s shock look and the brawl that ensued to finish the present was nice.
When it comes right down to it, that three match stretch on NXT following their opening match simply takes NXT out of the competitors for me this week. Nothing on AEW’s present felt as insignificant as these matches. AEW wins this week by a big margin, in my view.
Matt Aguilar: Dynamite
So that is the story of two halves, and sadly even an excellent second half from NXT was not sufficient to overhaul AEW Dynamite. Both exhibits had some improbable matches and trendy spots, however AEW neatly unfold there’s out all through the complete present.
NXT on the different hand determined to steer with an at greatest mundane and at worst utterly boring first hour. Aside from the at all times enjoyable to observe Rhea Ripley, there simply wasn’t something memorable in that first block, and through that very same time, AEW had Chris Jericho hitting a killer promo and introducing his new secure in addition to an entertaining opening match, so it wasn’t even a contest.
The second half of NXT was utterly totally different although, kicking off with one hell of a match between Roderick Strong and Isaiah Scott, adopted by some nice promos from Velveteen Dream and Tommaso Ciampa. Throw in that improbable Kushida vs Walter match and I’d put that ultimate hour up in opposition to something, however Dynamite had a stacked second hour as nicely, and it proved an excessive amount of for NXT in my view.
Next week appears like a way more fascinating affair for NXT, so hopefully, they will pull out the win then, however AEW is not going to relaxation on its laurels both.
The Winner: AEW Dynamite
Overall Record: AEW 1, NXT 1
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