Tony Khan did an interview with Alfred Konuwa of Forbes to promote Sunday’s AEW Revolution pay-per-view event. During it, he discussed the reports about WWE and the USA Network deciding to move NXT from Wednesday to Tuesday starting on April 13th.
It’s been reported that internally, the deal is considered to be done and the reason for this change is due to the NHL moving to the USA Network on Wednesdays when NBCSN shuts down later this year.
While the NHL brings in the same if not less viewership, the USA Network gets a better ad rate for the sports league compared to the wrestling show. This is good news for both shows as they will not have to go head-to-head with the other show.
“I don’t know if that’s a real thing or not, but it would be great to be unopposed and I’d love to have an unopposed audience,” Khan said. “When we have we’ve done some really good numbers and I think that would be awesome.”
Khan compared the fan dynamics of AEW vs. NXT to that of the Monday Night Wars. He said that the back and forth between fans about the shows was a lot like WWE vs. WCW. He brought up how fans strongly supported one side or the other.
“If you look at the ratings, year-over-year, the only wrestling company that didn’t plummet in the ratings in February—year-over-year—was AEW,” he said. “So, yeah, I do think the balance of power has shifted, to the fans and AEW. We keep signing more great wrestlers, and in the next week, you’ll see more wrestlers debuting in AEW.”
Khan also talked about AEW Revolution, AEW working with Impact Wrestling, and more. Check out the full interview here.