NXT has been on cable television for a couple months now, and while the WWE is known for its dominance and success in pro wrestling, the launch has had its struggles. All Elite Wrestling, a new wrestling organization comprised of former WWE stars and other high-profile wrestlers, has managed to beat NXT in the ratings for overall viewership since its debut in the same timeslot, and even toppled Smackdown Live! (which had a recent change in regime) for overall viewership one week.
There may be some within WWE concerned about the success of AEW and the "ratings war" with NXT, but WWE's Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative Paul "Triple H" Levesque is not one of them. I got the chance to speak to Levesque exclusively about the ratings battle between AEW and NXT and how he felt about the competing with the brand, and he ultimately thinks it's a good thing for everybody.
Triple H doesn't sound all too concerned about NXT lagging behind AEW in the ratings. For now, the main focus of NXT is to worry about putting on the best show it can, and not trying to do whatever possible to try and topple AEW week to week.
It's a rather chill response considering Triple H was part of a group of WWE wrestlers that invaded a WCW event during the era commonly known as the "Monday Night Wars." Levesque gave no indication anyone from NXT would be doing something like that, and definitely gave the vibe WWE is waiting first to see if AEW can keep pace with the rampant nature of producing a wrestling show every week before doing anything beyond focusing on itself.
So if there's anyone out there expecting NXT to fire some major shots at AEW, it doesn't look like that's going to happen anytime soon. Meanwhile, time will tell if AEW will be able to sustain ratings supremacy over NXT as the weeks go on, or if this race really is a marathon like Paul Levesque believes. WWE has plenty of experience taking on rivals, so there's likely some wisdom in Triple H's words.
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