Cody Rhodes continues to make the media rounds and did an interview with ABC News to promote tonight’s AEW Dynamite episode.
During the interview, he was asked about making AEW as different as possible from WWE NXT as the two shows go head-to-head every Wednesday night.
He thinks AEW reached that goal with the first episode of Dynamite and the secret formula there is really just authenticity. He said that they knew they wanted to make it different right out of the gate to get people talking about them.
This led to him being asked about viewership numbers within the past year for AEW Dynamite. The TNT Champion threw out the question of what Dynamite could do without competition from NXT.
It should be noted that AEW has faced no competition from NXT a few times this year. Late August saw them do 755,000 on a Saturday, 813,000 for a Thursday edition, and then 928,000 on September 2nd and 1,016,000 on September 9th.
“When you hit that million mark, and even on the nights where the average might be in the eights or nines, there are segments that go over a million and it certainly begets the question: What would this be like unopposed?” Rhodes said. “But opposed, it’s doing just so damn fine. I think we have a good indicator. We’ve seen what it looks like. But competition is not something we’re shying away from by any means. Wednesday night is our home.”
Rhodes also talked about differences between Dark and Dynamite, Mike Tyson and more. Check out the full interview here.