NXT Champion Set For Major Push, AEW’s Low Attendance (Photos)
A NXT Champion is rumored for a major push, but that could change due to the brand now being on the USA Network. Also, AEW didn't have the best attendance.
NXT’s Shayna Baszler Set For Major Push
The women’s division in NXT heavily revolved around Asuka for about two years. After she vacated the NXT Women’s Championship for the main roster, someone needed to take her spot. After a short search, Shayna Baszler was the obvious pick.
Baszler was runner-up for the first Mae Young Classic and also the only two time NXT Women’s Champion. Plus, she is in her second reign, which recently surpassed 365 days.
During the Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted how WWE had big plans for Baszler on the main roster in 2020. But, there could be a slight change to those plans with NXT now on the USA Network.
Before NXT was on USA, she was being groomed for the main roster and she was going to be a star on the main roster,” said Meltzer. “They thought very, very highly of her and were absolutely plans for her on the main roster and they were significant.”
In recent weeks, the NXT roster has invaded RAW and SmackDown, with Baszler getting the better both times. At Survivor Series later in the month, Baszler takes on SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley and RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch in a triple threat match.
As for her NXT storyline, she is the caption for the first ever Women’s War Games Match. The former MMA fighter is also a member of the Four Horsewomen. Some could say she is current leader since Ronda Rousey is on hiatus.
AEW Dynamite Draws Low Live Audience
AEW continues to top NXT in viewership, earning their sixth consecutive win since the Wednesday Night War began. While AEW had better numbers, their viewership was at an all time low.
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AEW Dynamite this past Wednesday earned 822,000 viewers, which was just above the 813,000 viewers for NXT. The latest episode of AEW came from the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina and was the final one before last night’s Full Gear.
On social media, there were plenty of fans sending out pictures with half of the arena blocked off.
A pic from my cousin at the show tonight. As you can see a lot is taped off across the ring but so far this crowd is 🔥. Also, they’re coming to Mississippi on Jan 8th 2020….I think I’m going to have to go to this. Yeah? #AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/NcrdZ0zrUN
— The MonsterCast (@RealMonsterCast) November 7, 2019
Jesus Did AEW learn anything from WWE about attendance https://t.co/PXjcpS3nGu
— Jay Network (@JayNetwork2) November 7, 2019
AEW claims to be an alternative, then copies Smackdown’s attendance.
— Alpha-Dogman (@wiretap804) November 7, 2019
— Mike Ruggiero (@DaManAirBoy93) October 24, 2019
Whoever rips AEW’s attendance this week, just remember…
…that “small” crowd was still audibly louder than any WWE crowd any given week this year.
— Captain Ferg (@CaptainFerg) November 7, 2019
Last nights AEW attendance was awful. @RajGiri_303 @GlennRubenstein @JustinLaBar @SeanRossSapp @ryansatin still plenty of seats left for Saturday too on ticketmaster and whatever is on resale too. #AEWDynamite #NXTonUSA #WWENXT pic.twitter.com/rBlo7M8ca5
— jen J (@jenJ44693492) November 7, 2019